The bustling port town of Blyth in south east Northumberland will host the prestigious North Sea Tall Ships Regatta from Friday 26 until Monday 29 August 2016.
Some of the largest and most spectacular Tall Ships will sail into Blyth for a fantastic four day maritime celebration which will include live music, street theatre, crew parade, night time fireworks, eve of sail celebrations and a spectacular parade of sail.
The event is expected to attract an average of 120,000 visitors on each day, all of whom will be able to get close to a range of historic vessels, some over 100 metres in length, along the length of the Blyth Quayside. Celebrations, activities and exhibitions will also take place in the town centre, Ridley Park and sea front to Blyth Beach.
Whilst the Port of Blyth provides an excellent venue for the mooring and viewing of these magnificent Tall Ships, it will be a challenge to bring in the numbers of visitors we are anticipating each day. We would therefore encourage coach companies to consider offering an excursion service from their locality to Blyth which can benefit both residents and tourists staying in your area.
Whilst the Tall Ships Regatta and the organisations behind the event cannot take any responsibility for any excursions you may wish to implement, there are advantages for us in that viable, well organised and well managed services from around the North East will contribute to alleviating potential traffic management and car parking challenges. In recognising this, we will:
- Permit access into Blyth via designated coach lanes
- Provide drop off and collection of passengers at locations adjacent to the main Tall Ships event site
- Provide free coach parking at a designated site within Blyth which is walking distance from the town centre and Tall Ships event site
If you are interested in providing an excursion service, please contact us via email at [email protected]
From now until the event itself, we will be updating www.tallshipsblyth2016.com and will include items such as suggested tour itineraries for visiting other parts of Northumberland and the North East.
Download the attachment for more information about bringing coaches to Blyth Tall Ships Regatta.