Chester's Premier River Event

The Raft Race Returns July 3rd 2022

Chester Raft Race News


We look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Chester Raft Race on Sunday 3rd July

The theme for the rafts this year will be 100 Years of British Television

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. 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. 

 From the early 1970s until 2019 the Raft Race was organised by the Rotary Club of Chester.  No races were held in 2020 and 2021, and from 2022 organisation passed to Chester Grosvenor Round Table. We are delighted to bring this event back from a Covid enforced hiatus.




If you would like to be a sponsor of Chester Raft Race we should be pleased to discuss the opportunities available. Please contact us via email and we will be in touch.



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!