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The Islands' Partnership is delighted to announce that the Royal Air Force Red Arrows will perform an acrobatic display as part of the Islands’ Regatta which is taking place on the Isles of Scilly across the August Bank Holiday weekend. Subject to a final site visit taking place in May, they will perform a 20-minute team display over the islands on the afternoon of Monday 29th August as a crescendo to the weekend which is set to be Scilly’s biggest event of the year.

The Islands’ Regatta is a new event for Scilly. It will be a four-day festival (26th – 29th August) incorporating a visit from the Royal Navy who is bringing a Type 23 Frigate to the islands for the weekend, a Parade of Sail as the Scillonian III departs on the Monday, the Redwings Championship and an Around Island Race. Classic boats will be visiting, including the stunning "Turn to Starboard" boat, ‘Spirit of Falmouth’* which visitors can go aboard and have a look around.

On the first evening there will be a welcome party for all Regatta participants who have sailed across to Scilly. St. Mary’s Quay will be buzzing with life all weekend with street entertainment and nautical themed demonstrations plus live music with local and visiting musicians on Holgate’s Green. The much-loved RNLI Water Carnival will be back on the Sunday, with favourites such as a slippery pole and ‘Dunk the Hunk’. Throughout the weekend, there will be a new Maritime Exhibition and maritime-themed walks on offer, too.

“We are very excited about the inaugural Islands’ Regatta event and, of course, securing the Red Arrows is a real coup for the islands and a first for the Isles of Scilly,” says Scilly Events Manager at the Islands' Partnership, Zoe Parry. “We are honoured that they have agreed to come to Scilly and are also very grateful for the support of the Duchy of Cornwall, the Council of the Isles of Scilly’s Air Traffic Control team and the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group who have been working with us to make it possible.”

The final details for the Red Arrows display, including the exact time it will take place and recommended viewing locations, will be revealed following the team’s site visit to Scilly in May when they will be undertaking a full safety inspection on the ground and from the air. “This is standard procedure for new venues, as safety for both the display team and for the spectators is paramount,” says Zoe.

The Islands’ Regatta is one of a series of new events on the islands for 2016, thanks to funding from the Coastal Communities Fund. Other events include the Isles of Scilly Festival throughout May, the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship UK Qualifier on 18th June and the Taste of Scilly food and drink festival running throughout September.”

To find out more, including details on how to register for those who wish to sail across to Scilly in a classic boat for the event, go to

Photo credit: David Allen