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Messing About on the River - The Lechlade Duck Race

The arrival of Bob the giant, inflatable duck on the Halfpenny bridge in Lechlade-on-Thames can only mean one thing – the Duck Race is back!

The much-loved charity event is taking place on Monday 6th May at Riverside Park in the historic Gloucestershire market town – which happens to be a stone’s throw from Kids Covered HQ.

It’s the only day of the year when the river turns yellow as 6,000 plastic ducks are released onto the water and carried by the current to the finish line. Thousands of people line the river bank to cheer on the little fellas, who can be sponsored for just £3. If your duck wins, you’ll receive a £300 cash prize! There’s also a race involving larger plastic ducks who’ve been decorated by their corporate sponsors. They’ll be competing for the coveted ‘Quack’ Trophy, currently held by The Trout Inn.

Not only that, there’s a whole host of attractions to keep you and your little ones entertained – fairground rides, a mobile farm, a static helicopter, climbing wall, food and drink stalls, inflatables and face painting. For the first time there’ll also be live music from top rocking ukulele band, The Ukey Dukes, and covers band Entirely Routine.

The Duck Race is organised and run by a fantastic group of volunteers from RAF Brize Norton and all money raised on the day will be shared between the Royal Air Force Association, the Cotswold Water Park Trust, the Lechlade Memorial Hall and Lechlade Little Learners.

It’s a great day out and brings the whole community together. If you’re in the area on Bank Holiday Monday, we thoroughly recommend heading down to Riverside Park. It’s a huge event that attracts around 6000 people so the roads can get a bit congested – walk or cycle if you can!

If you want to sponsor a duck you’d better get quacking (sorry!) - head over to Lechlade Duck Race

Duck Race details:

Time: 11.30am – 5.30pm.
Corporate race is at 3pm, main duck race starts at 3.30pm.
Venue: Riverside park, Lechlade, GL7 3AL
Adults - £1, Kids – free
Parking - £4 if you pre-book online, £5 on the day (cash only)

Did You Know?

A cargo container carrying 28-thousand plastic bath toys – including rubber ducks - was lost in the Pacific Ocean in 1992. Since then, the plastic toys have washed up all over the world and they’re still being found on beaches all over the globe today. They’ve been discovered on the coasts of Alaska, Australia, Japan and even Scotland!  Some have spent years frozen in the Arctic ice. Their journeys have taught oceanographers crucial information about waves, currents, and seasonal changes.

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