The Lechlade Duck Race is an annual fun, family friendly charity event that was launched in 2014. It is held at the Riverside Park (Lechlade, GL7 3AL), with the main event of the day involving 5000 sponsored plastic ducks being launched onto the River Thames and the sponsor of the winning duck receiving a £300 cash prize! Ducks should be sponsored online to guarantee a place in the big race (a number will be generated against your name on payment – this number can be made available to you upon request at the Site Entrance). There is also a corporate sponsored Duck Race, involving larger plastic ducks (decorated/dressed by their sponsors) and racing for the prestige title of ‘Corporate Winners of the Lechlade Duck Race 2017’ and proud holders of the ‘Quack’ Trophy! – Local businesses wishing to enter the corporate sponsored Duck Race are requested to email the organisers for more details.
There is so much to get involved with on the day, with kid’s funfair rides, a mobile farm, falconry show, dog agility show, mobile vehicle/aircraft stands, kid’s craft areas and activities, face painting & raffle to name just a few. There are 30+ local trading stalls with plenty of wares on offer. There is a full range of food & drink services on offer from local providers, including a mobile bar. There will be plenty of on-site toilet facilities too!
A huge amount of clearly signed parking is available throughout the town (including a disabled parking site), along with traffic management services to ensure that traffic congestion will be minimal (a lesson learnt from our first year!) Car parking tickets can either be bought on the day (cash only) or bought online at a discounted price.
The event has created a large following from the general public and the resounding success and growth of the event is from the support of the local community and the families who travel to attend the Duck Race from the Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire areas. Around 6,000 people attend the event and we are keen to continue growing this number year on year. As a result of achieving such a fantastic turnout we have raised over £25,000 for charity so far! We are excited to announce that this year’s charities include the Royal Air Force’s Association, the Cotswold Water Park Trust and the Lechlade Memorial Hall refurbishment.
The event is organised and run by a fantastic and dedicated team of volunteers, a large contingent of whom come from RAF Brize Norton in Carterton, Oxfordshire. All volunteers give up their time for free and approach this event in a truly professional way. The event costs thousands of pounds to launch and cannot happen without the generous donations of prizes and sponsorship from local businesses. We would very much like to thank all previous and current sponsors who we gladly recognise as ‘Friends of the Lechlade Duck Race’ and hope to continue to work with you for future events.
We are looking forward to another fantastic event for the local community and we look forward to seeing you all again!