Seaside holidays 4: action at sea What’s happening in the sea off Folkestone? Expand Folkestone Regatta before 1869 This panoramic print shows an action-packed Folkestone Regatta in mid-Victorian times. An exciting day of festivities took place each summer, linked to ships and the sea. There were yacht and rowing boat races, games, competitions and seaside entertainments, such as Punch and Judy. Thousands of people flocked to the town to enjoy a fun day out. In the evening, wealthy people enjoyed special theatre performances, dances or expensive dinners, while poorer people, including the Folkestone fishing community, celebrated in the many inns. Regatta day often ended with a spectacular fireworks display.