Chester Raft Race

Sunday 1st July 2018, starting at Chester Meadows.


Chester's Premier River Event

Enter early to secure your place in this spectacular event


Great Fun for Competitors and Spectators Alike

As well as fun on the water, there is plenty to do on shore.


The 2018 Chester Rotary Charity Raft Race will be held on Sunday 1st July; from 10.15am.

and the theme will be Great Sporting Events

The Chester Raft Race is an annual charity event taking place every July in the Groves on the River Dee and organised by the Rotary Club of Chester. The rafts race against the clock over an approximate 400 metre course starting just upriver of the Royal Chester Rowing Club, passing under the pedestrian Suspension Bridge to a finish on the north bank of the river by Recorder’s Steps to the Walls and just above the weir. Although the race is over at this point, the rafts then have to retrace their route back to the launch area on the Meadows.

Last year the event also featured UK Fly-board Champion Jay St John with a spectacular display of fly-boarding right out of 007. He is scheduled to take part again with his exciting display around 10.15 before the rafts start their race at 10.30am.



If you would like to be a sponsor of our 43nd Charity Raft Race in aid of our main chosen charity and other charities of the Rotary Club of Chester, we should be pleased to discuss the opportunities available.

Please contact us on and we will be in touch.

2017 Results

Most innovative Raft – Top Trump, Peacock Garage
Titanic – Ultimate Sinker – Sproston’s Idiots, Alan sproston
Fastest Ladies raft – Viking Queens, Bagillt All Stars
Fastest Hostelry Raft – Ye Olde Hickory’s, Hickory’s Smokehouse
Second Fastest Raft – Traitors, Chester Auto Services
Best Themed Raft – Mr Whoppit’s Bluebird, Old Harker’s Arms
Special Mention Theme – Kraken, Steve Beetham
Overall fastest Raft – Crocky Wok, Crocky Trail

Rotary Club of Chester

President: Graham Proctor

Meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Trinity St, Chester. 1st and 3rd Mondays at 6.30pm. 2nd and 4th Mondays at 12.50pm.

The Rotary Club of Chester is a friendly organisation with male and female members from the Chester and North Wales area. Please take a look at our website to find out more about what we do. We are a part of Rotary International, which is the world’s largest service organisation of friends, leaders, and problem – solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.

If you are a Rotarian visiting the area, you will be made welcome at one of our meetings.

If you’re interested in joining Chester Rotary Club, please email the address below and we will arrange for you to attend one of our meetings. There are several clubs within the Chester and Cheshire area, and each club has a different profile, but all support projects within their own local area. So if you live outside the Chester area you might want to contact a club in your home area.


It’s raft testing day here at @TataSteelUK in Shotton. No photo’s I’m afraid #designunderraps but watch out @raftraceChester we’re looking forward to taking part on Sunday 1st July

Morning all. Last call for adverts for the Raft Race programme this week. Please contact us ASAP for further details. Only a few slots left. Everyone that donates on day receives a program 👍all proceeds to the @Babygrowappeal

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News from the Raft Race Team

2017 Winners

2017 Results Most innovative Raft – Top Trump, Peacock Garage Titanic – Ultimate Sinker – Sproston’s Idiots, Alan sproston Fastest Ladies raft – Viking Queens, Bagillt All Stars Fastest Hostelry Raft – Ye Olde Hickory’s, Hickory’s Smokehouse Second Fastest...

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SP Energy Networks – 2016

Last year SP Energy Networks, who distribute electricity across Merseyside, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales and Shropshire,  took part in the raft race for the first time. Janet Newbrook Community Engagement Manager commented.. "We had a fantastic time and this year it...

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Chester Raft Race 2016

Thank you once again for all those that entered into the Chester Raft Race last year. It was really great to see all the teams. If you haven’t already done so visit the website gallery and search the photos for images of your raft in action.

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