Where: Matlock, Derbyshire
£: It costs £15 per person to enter. Free to watch, but the event is raising money for the R.N.L.I. so donations will be most welcome – there will be collection buckets on the day
What is it?
The annual Matlock Raft Race takes place every Boxing Day and is organised by the Derbyshire Association of Sub Aqua Clubs (DASAC), with creatively-minded teams competing in quirky crafts.
This year will be the 56th raft race to be held in Matlock, having originally started all the way back in 1961 with 100 daring rafts taking to the water.
The race will begin just after 10am on the River Derwent at Matlock, finishing at Cromford Meadows. The event attracts thousands of spectators who come to cheer on the teams as they race down the river and over the weir.
The Matlock Raft Race aims to raise money for the R.N.L.I. and over the years the association has raised enough money to be able to buy a lifeboat (the Spirit of Derbyshire) and a small inshore rescue lifeboat.
As with all good charity events, participants work hard on their fancy dress and the rafts come in all shapes and sizes. Past competitors have dressed up as The Muppets, Santa and his Elves, Nuns on the Run, the March of the Penguins, The Flintstones and a crew of pirates complete with ship.
More info: www.matlockraftevent.co.uk