Welcome to the Duck Race

The Great Overton Duck race is a great family day out and fund raiser for St Mary's Hall. It takes place on August Bank Holiday Monday at Flashetts, Station Rd, Overton, Hants.

Sadly, as with many much-loved events due to take place in the summer of 2020, we have had to take the decision to cancel the duck race for this year and look to return bigger and better next summer. The races themselves would be feasible, but the glorious location under the trees at Flashetts wouldn't allow the many visitors to the event to maintain safe distancing throughout the afternoon. For the safety of our guests and volunteers we decided that it was best for all not to attempt to hold the event this year.

The racing will be back and we hope that it will continue to be as well supported as it has been since the first duck race in 2005.

You can also buy ducks here on the website in the run-up to the event and on the day right up to the start of each race. Don't forget - you can also race your own bathtime buddy in our thrilling "Race Your Own Duck" race at 5pm.
Your duckie could win you £50!!

The Great Overton Duck Race 2019:

Raised 2,900 for St Mary's Hall

Fancy having a craft stall at the event??

Stalls are just £10 per pitch for the afternoon of the event
Drop us a line on the contact page to check for availability

Rules for "Race Your Own Duck"

The "Race Your Own Duck" race is a hugely popular part of the afternoon, with people's own bathtime buddies taking to the course in a bid to win £50 for their owners. Having a huge variety of sizes of ducks int he race can produce fascinating results - a low breeze day favours bigger ducks, while high cross winds and slow water tend to see the little guys perform.

To keep everyone's chances as even as possible, the winning duck will be the first to cross the finish line the RIGHT WAY UP.

Owners can ensure their charges remain feet-downwards by adding a weight (we suggest, not too much weight...) to the base of the duck. All the racing ducks are fitted with just such self-righting devices, to make sure the races are best viewed from above the water.

Once again, the flotilla of intrepid racers takes to the river to bring an afternoon of fun and fund-raising in true Overton style. Eight races - the winner of each winning £20 for the lucky 'owner' - put 5 finalists through to the Grand Final for the chance to win £100. Add to that the "Race Your Own Duck" race, a superb barbecue, bar, tombola, craft stalls, ice creams, face paints and you have the perfect formula for a fun way to crown the last big weekend of the summer.

All proceeds from the event go to facilities for St Mary's Hall, Overton.

The Duck Race is staged with the kind permission of Portals Paper.

Duck Race 2019 Sponsors:

Portals Paper
Parnell Jordy & Harvey
Editorial Office
The Greyhound
Executive Dry Cleaners
Overton Preschool Playgroup
Pyrotastic Fireworks
Turners Butchers
Overton Dramatic Society
Overton Bathroom Centre
H C Travel
White Hart Hotel


Would you like to sponsor
a race??

For just 40 you'll get full
acknowledgement in the
run-up to and throughout
the event. Have flyers on
hand for visitors all day and a duck of your own in your own race!!

Send us a message on our contact page for more details.