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Regatta/Water Event, Wed 26 Dec 2018

Boxing Day Raft Race

Boxing Day Raft Race


For many Boxing Day in Scarborough is their favorite day of the year.

Eagerly anticipated, often months in advance, Boxing Day in Scarborough is a day when the whole town goes out. It's a time to catch up with old friends, enjoy a drink together and prolong the festivities for as long as possible.

Tradition has it that this annual happening was originally termed 'Ladies Day'. It was a day the fishermen's wives were granted a well deserved day off, after working so hard to prepare for the family Christmas. The local pubs would opened and the ladies of the town would head out for a drink whilst the men stayed at home.

These days it's a day for everyone. Pubs open early and are literally packed with revelers throughout the entire day. Many folk head down to the seafront pubs, the traditional starting point for the Boxing Day binge, where there are also several unique events held each year to keep the crowds entertained.

After the fun of the football the unusual entertainment continues with the Boxing Day Raft Race at the harbour. Organised by the Sub Aqua Club, the annual fancy-dress raft race starts at approximately 12:30pm.

Each year crowds flock to the harbourside to watch the teams battle to win the race on their home-made rafts - often pelting their competitors with eggs & flour along the way.

Spectators are advised to get there in good time if they want to see the action with crowds of up to 2,000 people expected at this years event.

On-site light refreshmentsAccepts groups

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 26 Dec 2018

Events at this Venue

date event
Wed 26 Dec Boxing Day Raft Race 2018


Scarborough Harbour,
YO11 1PD



See location of Scarborough Harbour on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TA 047887  Lat: 54.28322 Long: -0.39327

By Road:
On approach to Scarborough head for railway station. From station turn left onto Northway. At traffic light turn ight onto Victoria Road. Continue down here through 2 sets of traffic lights and straight across roundabout. After roundabout take the 1st turning right down Queen Street. At bottom of Queen Street turn left. Follow road down hill to traffic lights and turn left.
Harbour is on the right.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Scarborough station


  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome