Chester's Premier River Event

We hope to run this event in 2022 – watch this space!

Chester Raft Race News


We look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Chester Raft Race on Sunday 3rd July – details to follow soon!

Great Fun for Spectators and Competitors Alike

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.




 Main Sponsor

If you would like to be a sponsor of Chester 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.

Rotary Club of Chester

President: David Cotgreave

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.

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Chester Raft Race Galleries

We have been photographing Chester Raft Race since 2013.  Please contact us if you want to use any of our images - or just enjoy the variety of craft that have entered the race during the years!