Red Arrows To Appear At Scilly Islands’ Regatta

The Red Arrows. Copyright MoD/Crown

The Red Arrows. Copyright MoD/Crown

The Red Arrows are coming to Scilly this summer.

The Royal Air Force aerobatic team will perform a 20-minute display above the islands on Monday 29th August.

They’re coming as arguably the star attraction of the Islands’ Regatta, a new event for Scilly this year.

The four-day festival beginning on the 26th August will also include a visit from the Royal Navy, who are bringing a Type 23 Frigate to the islands for the weekend, a Parade of Sail as the Scillonian III departs on the Monday, and an ‘Around Island’ Race.

Classic boats will be visiting and dozens of redwing sailing boats will also be on the water between Sunday August 21st and the 29th as Scilly hosts the Redwing World Championships.

The Partnership is planning street entertainment and nautical themed demonstrations with live music by local and visiting musicians on Holgate’s Green.

There’s also the return of the much-loved RNLI Water Carnival on the Sunday, with favourites such as a slippery pole and ‘Dunk the Hunk’.

“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, Zoe Parry.

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 in September.

You can find out more about the Islands’ Regatta at the Partnership website here.

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