The Chester Raft Race

Charity Raft Race 2017

over £300,000

Raised To Date

Over 2,000

Competitors To Date


Years the Raft Race Has Been Held

A Premier Event of Chester’s River Calendar

The Groves, River Dee, Chester
From 10.15 am Sunday 2nd July 2017

This Years Chester Charity Raft Race Theme – “Power on the Water”

Prizes will be given for the best interpretation of the theme, ”Power on the Water”, Most Innovative, Titanic (the ultimate sinker) and the three fastest time classifications of ‘Overall’, ‘Ladies’, and ‘Hostelry, so please specify your classification on the entry form.

Make It A Party On The Meadows

Reserved Hospitality Areas on The Meadows are available for Chester Charity Raft Race 2017.

The cost of a standard (smallest) plot 10 metres by 20 metres is £250

These are perfect if you have a large group of supporters and would like ‘to make a day of it’.

Plans and Fire Officer’s instructions are available.

It’s A Charity Event

In Aid Of

National Autistic Society Cheshire West & Chester, SSAFA,(Chester),the Armed Forces charity
and other charities of the Rotary Club of Chester.

Collections or collecting boxes on behalf of other charities are NOT permitted at this event.

Donate On-Line

You can also donate direct using our BT My Donate page. To do this, please click here.

What Is The Raft Race

The Chester Raft Race is an annual charity event taking place every July on the River Dee in Chester and organised by the Rotary Club of Chester. The rafts race against the clock over an approximate 400 Meter course, starting by the rowing club, passing under the pedestrian Suspension Bridge to a finish indicated on the north bank of the river by Recorder’s steps 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 with what is left of their raft and crew.

Performances by Chester Rock Choir


2015 Raft Race

The 2015 event held on 12th July also featured Jay St John with a spectacular display of flyboarding right out of 007. Forty rafts took part, and the winner with the fastest time of 9m 20s was Cheshire Waste and Skip Hire with ‘In The Navy’. Winner of the theme prize was Marshall Air Services with a complete floating jet-fighter tribute to Top Gun. The best pub entry was by Old Harkers Arms with an amazing Yellow Submarine tribute to The Beatles. Best ladies raft was entered by The Druids Inn ‘I Am Sailing’. The best school entry was Queens Lower School with ‘The Queen of Hearts’.

The Main Sponsor of the event was Survitec Group, a global specialist in marine safety equipment. In 2014 a new FINISH line was introduced at a point above the weir thus eliminating a risky descent of the weir. The organisers: The Rotary Club of Chester donated proceeds from the 2015 event to Wirral & Cheshire Prostate Cancer Support Group and other local causes. The main charity to benefit from 2016 event was Hospice of the Good Shepherd.