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Millmead Island

Guildford Lions Big River Race – Duck and Raft Race

Join us for Guildford's annual fun day on the river

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Guildford Lions Big River Race – Duck and Raft Race
Guildford Lions Big River Race – Duck and Raft Race

Time & Location

01 Jul 2023, 12:00

Millmead Island, Millmead, Guildford GU2, UK

About the Event

The Guildford Lions Annual  Raft Race is the main event of the Big River Event 2023 – Ducks and Rafts.  The Big River event also includes the duck race run by Surrey Care Trust, who will also be offering rides on the river in their boat  Tranquillity.  The event is also supported by Zero Carbon Guildford who are keen to encourage the construction of rafts from sustainable and recycled materials. 

 The Raft Race has been run for over 50 years interrupted only by Covid.  It is open to anyone who can construct a raft capable of carrying its crew from the start at Millmead lock Island to the finish at the Waterside Centre in Stoughton.  The race is also open to stand-up paddle boarders.  

It is a fund raising event to help Guildford Lions Club to continue supporting local charities and deserving causes.  But it is also a fun event for participants and spectators alike.  From 12 noon crews can deliver their rafts to the Council’s Millmead Offices front car park then transport them across the footbridge onto Millmead Lock Island where they can be fully assembled.  

The Mayor of Guildford will inspect the rafts from 2pm and start the race at 3pm.  Raft transports can be parked close to the Waterside Centre at Stoughton.  

A BBQ will be available at the finish where trophies will be presented by the Mayor and the President of Guildford Lions Club.

Ducks for the Duck Race can be purchased on the day or in advance from Surrey Care Trust

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