© 2018 Frances Franklin

Quay Day 2018 (27th August) was superb fun – and thousands enjoyed its many attractions. The entire quay was as busy as it has ever been.

See the Gallery below.

We had a lucky break in the weather – with heavy rain on the Sunday but sunshine and cloud on the Bank Holiday Monday and comfortable temperatures.

Quay Day is the highlight of the Burnham Week regatta, with the competing yachts starting and finishing in the town on this day, creating a wonderful spectacle. Burnham Week ends with a spectacular firework display on the following Saturday.

There were Classic Cars and Hot Rods on the Millfields in Riverside Park, including a Drag Race.

The day offered the public a musical feast, with a superb Swing Band in Riverside Park, and the town’s time-honoured Water Music – a band on a boat. The River Rats made a welcome return aboard the workboat Maverick, playing to a packed waterfront from Rice & Cole’s to the Houseboats on West Quay.

There was more music outside the Museum in the west and at the Anchor Hotel in the east where the Craic Heads were playing (see local musicians).

There was also large number of excellent stalls, selling products ranging from homemade bread and honey to toys and curiosities. Many of the stalls had pretty much sold out by the end of the day..

It really was a fantastic day out.

The day was organised by local resident Fiona Clegg, with the Burnham Town Council Events team in support.

Town Mayor Wendy Stamp described the event as ‘a tremendous success’.


The Craic Heads perform to a packed waterfront. © 2018 Nick Skeens

© 2018 Frances Franklin

© 2018 Frances Franklin

Impromptu family picnic in the park. © 2018 Frances Franklin


‘Captain Jack Sparrow’, havin a flounce… © 2018 Frances Franklin

The Real Swing Band on the Millfields. © 2018 Frances Franklin

Clare Millwood dancing to the music on the quay. © 2018 Frances Franklin
The River Rats, having just finished loading at Rice & Coles, soundchecking aboard the Maverick. © 2018 Nick Skeens

© 2018 Frances Franklin

Here be pirates, ha harrrr…. © 2018 Frances Franklin


© 2018 Frances Franklin

Local artist Sue Spiers captures the scene on West Quay in watercolours. © 2018 Frances Franklin

Dragons on the run under taut spinnakers in a south westerly breeze, heading out of Burnham and to the sea. The Burnham Week start was in the town – usually it is about a mile east of Burnham. © 2018 Nick Skeens

The River Rats, aboard the good ship Maverick, made a welcome return to the Crouch after a lengthy hiatus. © 2018 Frances Franklin

Pete Crisp, Warren Hallam and Paul Lester. © 2018 Nick Skeens

© 2018 Nick Skeens

Pete Crisp having it large ‘up on the roof’ of the Maverick’s wheelhouse. © 2018 Nick Skeens

Paul Lester, Warren Hallam, Pete Crisp, Jane English, Nick Skeens – musical crew of the Maverick. You can just make out waterman Tim Lymer at the wheel. © 2018 Frances Franklin

Jane English giving it some welly with Paul Lester and Warren Hallam. © 2018 Frances Franklin

Tom Harrison and Jo Broughton watching the River Rats while aboard Houseboat Anne Marie. © 2018 Frances Franklin

Yvonne, Leah and John Bavin, watching the River Rats from Houseboat Hermione. © 2018 Frances Franklin

Sailors from the Royal Burnham Yacht Club waiting for transport to their yachts, while listening to the Water Music. © 2018 Nick Skeens

Squibs in a Burnham Week race on Quay Day. © 2018 Frances Franklin

The River Rats with Maverick owner/skipper Tim Lymer, Jane English, Paul Lester, Warren Hallam and Pete Crisp. © 2018 Nick Skeens

© 2018 Frances Franklin

Royal Corinthian One Designs – wooden dayboat racers – heading out to sea from Burnham on Quay Day. © 2018 Nick Skeens

© 2018 Nick Skeens

Putting their backs into it during the Quay Day rowing race. © 2018 Frances Franklin

Wendy Stamp, Town Mayor, looking most piratical… That may well be an ex-parrot she’s clutching. © 2018 Frances Franklin