Chester Raft Race

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Booking DetailsThe Raft Race

A Premier Event of Chester’s River Calendar

The Groves, River Dee, Chester

(The 2020 Race has been cancelled)

Prizes will be given for the most Innovative interpretation of the theme,  fastest raft and best hostelry.


The Course & Rules

This section is probably more aimed at the Skippers wanting to know more about what is required to enter the raft race.


Its not just for the rafts, we have plenty more things going on on the meadows and in the Groves.

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.

Make It a Party on The Meadows

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

The cost of a standard (smallest) plot 20 metres by 10 metres is £350

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.


Charities for the 2021 Race will be announced in due course.


 Chester Raft Race