When: 23rd July 2017
Where: From Wasperton to Stratford, Warwickshire
£: Free to watch.
What is it?
The 41st Wellesbourne and District Lions Club Charity Raft Race will take place on Sunday 23rd July.
The raft race has been going since 1976 and each year raises money for charitable causes. The race takes place on the River Avon, starting at Wasperton, and finishing opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Those taking part in the 7.5 mile race must negotiate more than seven miles of river and two weirs before they reach the finish line.
The race has four different classes which teams can enter; Survivor, Formula 1, Mechanical and Novelty. The novelty rafts are usually the most interesting to watch, with competitors designing their rafts using popular themes from TV and film. Rafts in the Survivor class are constructed from drums, wooden planks and rope (so it often lives up to its name). The Formula 1 class is for the more technical rafts, and Mechanical for those rafts which are muscle-powered.
This year the raft race is raising money for the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). Proceeds from the event will help to improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities, through horse riding and carriage driving.
More info: www.raftrace.org.uk