Revel in pageantry at the Henley of the north

River Wear, Durham

There's nothing weary about the Wear, at northeast England's premier rowing event.

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Few races can trace their history back almost 200 years. But in 1834, when a boat captained by County Durham's sheriff challenged the local University's rowers to a race to mark the Battle of Waterloo, it started a tradition that continues each year at the prestigious Durham Regatta, a festival of all things boating.

Set among the trees and historic spires of the old city, the regatta is a chance to revel in the mastery of boating. But it has also become a festival for land-lovers, too: classic car rallies, brass band music and other English pageantry accompanies the racing each year. And if the summer heat gets a little too much, there's no shortage of real ale on tap.

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