Running from July 20th to 28th, Conwy River Festival is a celebration of Conwy and its incredible river estuary.
The festival was established in 1993 and has gained momentum since, growing each year and reflecting both the ancient and modern aspects of the relationship between the town and its river. Conwy River Festival runs for an entire week, offering a wide array of water based activities as well as shore side entertainment that even landlubbers can enjoy.
Boats from all over North Wales and the North West come far and wide to enter the racing, even attracting those from further away still. Conwy and Deganwy marinas are always both enthusiastic to get involved, providing free berthing at marinas for competitors (see race form for full details). The festival is all about racing for fun and to improve your own skills rather than as a test of endurance, and for this reason races are kept short – less than 3 hours with courses set out in the open waters of Colwyn Bay, with plenty of room for sailing to your heart’s content.
There are different kinds of events for people to get involved with depending on your skill level and boat type. Serious competitors come under the ‘Olympians’ class, a more relaxed non-spin maker class are the ‘Trojans’, and for any beginners we have the ‘Corinthians’ class, which even entitles you to a head start.
Aside from the daily series racing and main prize giving ceremonies there are various other nautically themed events on conwy quay, including live music to cater to almost any taste. The highlight of these landbased events is the fabulous Conwy Quay day, usually taking place on the second Saturday of the festival. On this day there are smaller sailing and rowing events, as well as fancy dress competition for the children, a treasure hunt, clowns and rides. In aid of the local hospice there is the Great Duck Race, as well as a number of other incredible attractions.
Don’t miss out on any of the events at the marinas, and you have no excuse not to visit them all, with the Conwy River Taxi you can get across the river in style!