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Welcome to the Chester Raft Race Website

The 2017 Chester Raft Race will be held on Sunday 1st July 2018 at 10.15am.

and the theme this year is 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 this year with his exciting display at 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 mail@chesterraftrace.org.uk and we will be in touch.

2017 Results

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

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.

email: chesterrotarysec@yahoo.co.uk



The Chester Raft Race is a Charity event and our Chosen Charity for the 2022 event is the Countess of Chester Hospital - Blue Skies Appeal.

Click the button below to find out about this fantastic campaign and at the raft race.


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!


News from the Raft Race Committee
Community Award Fund donations

Community Award Fund donations

  The first tranche of donations from the Community Award Fund have now been made, as follows; Diversity Ball in Chester Cathedral £200 Chester scouts Gang show £200 Friends of Mulberry Garden Bench for day care center* £229 BIRD 25 Resource books @£15 £375 PHAB...

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The Rotary Club of Chester Community Award Fund

The Rotary Club of Chester Community Award Fund

Following the donation of £5,000 to Claire House, the balance of funds raised from the 2019 Raft Race is being distributed by the Rotary Club of Chester.  The Community Award fund is intended to assist small organisations and good causes from Chester and surrounding...

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Claire House awarded £5,000 from 2019 Raft Race donations

Claire House awarded £5,000 from 2019 Raft Race donations

Chester Raft Race 2019 raised just over £9,000, from entry fees, sponsorship and donations on the day. The main charity supported  was Claire House Children’s Hospice, and a cheque for £5,000 was  handed over to the charity and the Rotary Club of Chester club meeting...

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