Chester Raft Race

starting at Chester Meadows.

Chester's Premier River Event

Enter early to secure your place in this spectacular event

Chester's Premier River Event

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

Great Fun for Spectators and Competitors Alike

The 2020 Chester Rotary Charity Raft Race will be held on Sunday 5th July

Raft theme:  Blockbuster movies

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.

The 2019 event also featured UK Fly-board Champion Jay St John with a spectacular display of fly-boarding right out of 007.


2019 Main Sponsor

If you would like to be a sponsor of our 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.

2019 Raft Race

Our 44th annual Raft Race on the Dee Sunday 30th June was enjoyed by huge crowds in the Groves on a gloriously sunny day and this year was a joint effort with Round Table.


The main charity supported  was Claire House Children’s Hospice with  just over £9000  raised, and for other charities of the Rotary Club of Chester.


The race for 35 rafts also included 2 from ITV programme Real Housewives of Cheshire and was once again supported on the water by the presence of champion fly boarder Jay St John who entertained the crowds in the Groves where Chester Rock Choir also performed.


SP Energy Networks were the main sponsor and further financial and other support was provided by ASH Skips, Urenco, and Old Harkers Arms.

 2019 Results

 Fastest Raft-  No.19, Crocky Trail, Entered by Crocky Trail

2nd Fastest Raft-  No.26,  SPEN DVMW (Wrexham), SP Energy Networks

Fastest Ladies- No.31, Druid Inn, Druid Inn

Fastest Best Themed Raft- No.2, The Duke, 4C Access Scaffolding

Titanic Ultimate Sinker- No.21, Sprostons, Alan Sproston Ltd






Rotary Club of Chester

President: Brian Westcott

Meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Trinity St, Chester. 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month 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.


Thanks to your support of the Raft Race, @rotarychester were proud to present a cheque for £5,000 to @ClaireHouse Children's Hospice. Thank you again to our intrepid rafters and everyone who turned out to cheer them on and donate. See you next year! 🚣‍♂️🚣‍♀️👍🎉

Claire House would like to say a big #ThankYouThursday to the amazing @rotarychester @gov_procurement @Cargill
@NestonNomadGirl @GordaleNursery @sandra_kirkham @TrustlandGroup @AirbusintheUK @TheHiveYZ @craignotgraham and to all of the Claire House supporters 👏👏👏

"One of the biggest events in the Cheshire charity calendar..." thanks @dawnward4! Great glimpses of Flyboarder Jay and some of this year's fabulous rafts. Is that the @HarkersArms bus we see?

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The Rotary Club of Chester Community Award Fund

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