VISITORS GUIDE TO BURNHAM WEEK RACING
Most days the start line will be at Pile House which is a 15 minute stroll downriver. Spectators sit on the sea wall and watch the races being timed down and started from a Committee Boat flying a large Burnham Week flag . The competitors cluster upriver waiting for their signal before jostling for the best position on the line in a spectacle of colourful sails and skilful manoeuvring.
The yacht clubs will be open and serving refreshments; visitors are welcome to enjoy snacks and drinks while watching the sailing from the riverside balconies. You can enjoy meals and drinks at the many pubs along the Quay and in the High Street as well as in the Quayside Bistro or the Cabin Café. Take the opportunity to shop in the High Street for crafts and gifts including flowers from Jacaranda, unusual and stylish homeware at Many Things and The Lovely Shop (the clue is in the name) – a boutique crammed with handbags, scarves, jewellery and luxury bath products. Catch a film at our very individual Rio Cinema or take a walk along the river path to Creeksea and reward yourself with delicious refreshments at the Parlour Café on the way back.
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY
Monday is Quay Day – now in its 8th year this popular event, which attracts crowds of visitors, is open from 12.00 to 5.00 p.m. with food, entertainment and gift stalls on the Quay. There will be music, a pirate fancy dress and a special train to bring visitors from Wickford or Southminister. In support of Quay Day, Burnham Week will be organising racing on the river including the rowing gigs.
FINAL SATURDAY – TROPHY DAY
Final races and results including the awarding of the glorious Town Cup. The Town Cup race finishes at the Royal Corinthian so everybody will be able to see the race to the line and the exciting finish. Then as dusk settles the whole event is completed by the Burnham Week Firework display with great viewing all along the Quayside. Supported by Burnham Week and the Burnham Town Council this display is well worth a trip to Burnham to watch.
All in all there will be plenty to entertain the sailors, spectators and visitors during Burnham Week 2018