chester duck race

On Saturday 19th September there will be two races – a baby duck race and a corporate duck race. The event takes place on the River Dee close to the bandstand area.

Chez Jules is happy and proud to be taking part in the Corporate Duck race and we are busily decorating our duck right now! Once he’s finished we will be posting a photo and asking everybody to suggest the perfect name for our new friend!

The Corporate Ducks are decorated by their owners and compete not just for speed, in the ‘Fastest Duck’ category but owners will also be vying to win the ‘best dressed’, ‘most popular’ or the new category for this year ‘celebrity lookalike duck!’

12pm – 2pm is viewing of the Corporate Ducks, Children’s colouring competition and the opportunities

At 3pm the Corporate Duck Race & Baby Duck Race will begin.

Come along on the day to watch the amazing sight of thousands of pink, yellow and blue ducks racing along the River Dee all raising money for the extremely important Babygrow Appeal.


Launched in December 2012, this major appeal has a target of £3million to build a new Neonatal Unit more than double the size of the one they currently have. This will enable them to provide patients and their families with a more spacious environment and a greater degree of privacy. The charity exists to provide things over and above core NHS provision and they want to provide the very best facilities they can for families at what can often be a very distressing time for them. The new unit will have its own separate entrance and will include a counselling room and play room for siblings, along with larger nurseries and areas for families to have some quiet time.