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The Grand Norwich Duck Race #GNDR19

Sunday 25th August 2019
11:00am - 3:30pm

The Ribs of Beef, Norwich

Come get quackers with us for the eighth annual Grand Norwich Duck Race #GNDR19 in partnership with The Ribs of Beef public house, Norfolk Paddle Company, the Broads Authority and the Maids Head Hotel.

The Grand Norwich Duck Race is one that individuals, companies and community groups can get involved in – culminating in a fun filled day by the water’s edge on Bank Holiday Sunday 25th August.

Ducks race from St George's Bridge by the Norwich Playhouse to St Fye's Bridge, outside the Ribs of Beef Public House.

The Fun starts at 11am, with a duck parade on St George's Bridge from midday - come along and take a look at the incredible designs.

There will also be a cake stall, ice creams, face painting, little duck stall, games and other activities for everyone to enjoy.

The Lord Mayor or Sheriff of Norwich will open the proceedings on St George's Bridge:

Race timings:

2.00pm Individual Mini Duck Race - 3,000 little ducks will take to the water to swim their way to the finish line. Be a part of the fun and sponsor your very own duck - more details below. Sponsor a little duck and WIN prizes!

2.30pm Large Painted Duck Race - large decorated ducks take to the water to compete to win the Grand Norwich Duck Race Trophy. Who will be crowned this year's winner?...

Get involved:
Sponsor a little duck for just £2 each! Sponsor as many ducks as you wish for your chance to WIN AMAZING PRIZES! Each sponsored duck will be allocated to a number in the race. Click 'Buy Online' at the bottom of the page.

Prizes for winning mini ducks include:

  • A one night stay for two at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich including breakfast
  • Vouchers for Days Out and Restaurants
  • + many, many more prizes!

Each £2 little duck entry entitles you to 20% OFF Afternoon Tea at the Maids Head Hotel. To redeem this offer:

  • Advise at time of booking, call: 01603 209955.
  • Show entry ticket on paying in order for discount to be applied

  • Maximum of 6 guests

  • Valid until 30th November 2019

Sponsor a giant duck!
Would you or your company like to decorate and sponsor your very own giant duck in the race? Ducks are charged at £100 with 100% of the proceeds going direct to Break. Winners receive the prestigious 'Duck Trophy' and write up inside the EDP Newspaper. Contact Sarah Bunn for more information.

Here are our recent winners of the Grand Norwich Duck Race:

2018 Winner: 'Inspired Duckaroo', sponsored by Inspired Youth.

Inspired Duck
Photo by Luke Powell.

2017 Winner: 'Black Swan', Sponsored by Alan Boswell.
Designed by The Duckorator, Sally Adams.

Below: Lee Boswell (far right) being presented with the 'Duck Trophy' by Anthea and Roger Cawdron and Jon from the Ribs of Beef.

 Anthea , Roger , Jon From Ribs And Lee From Alan BoswellBlack Swan - Alan Boswell - Side 2

2016 Winner:
Queen Bouducka, Sponsored by Iceni Magazine and Jill Watkinson.
Designed and painted by The Duckorator, Sally Adams

Queen Bouducka Right

2014 and 2015 Winner:
Duck QuackEnroe, sponsored by Ashtons Legal

Duck Quackenroe 

2013 Winner: 'Cracking Duck' sponsored by City College Norwich


Don't miss the Grand Norwich Duck Auction
After the race the ducks are made ready for our Grand Norwich Duck Auction at the Maid's Head, the first Thursday in September, where the crafted ducks will be sold to ‘change young lives’ in aid of Break.

Special thanks to: The Maid's Head and Elliott Symonds our fantastic auctioneer!

For more information about this event or to sponsor a giant duck for just £100 please contact Sarah Bunn: 07900 088700 or email

Key event sponsors and special thanks to:
Norfolk SUP Paddle Company, The Broads Authority and our group of dedicated volunteers.

Ribs Logo Yellow Black

Broads Authority
The Broads Authority

Norfolk Paddle Co

Sponsor your mini duck now! Click 'Buy Online' below. Thank you.

Buy Online

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