Grand Norwich Duck Race 2024

An afternoon of quacking good fun for everyone!

One of our biggest and most popular events of our summer calendar! The Grand Norwich Duck Race is guaranteed to be a quacktastic day of family fun, with live music, food, face painting and games!  

Last year hundreds of people flocked to Fye Bridge to see over 70 large rubber ducks race down the Wensum, with the winner claiming the coveted Crystal Duck Trophy!  

Following them will be thousands of mini numbered ducks as part of our duck raffle! There will be some fantastic prizes on offer and tickets can be purchased online closer to the event date, and on the day.  

And the fun continues with live music, food, face painting and games, including hook a duck! 




The Ribs of Beef (Fye Bridge)
24 Wensum St

Duckorate your own duck!

Calling all local businesses, schools or community groups. For just £150 you can get your very own duck to decorate, or “duckorate”! Coming complete with some acrylic paints, you can let your imagination swim away with you with!  

It’s a great way to promote your business or group to the hundreds of people that come and watch as the ducks race down the Wensum – whilst also supporting a fantastic local charity! 

You’ll also have the opportunity to be part of our networking events ‘The Tweet Ups!’ Taking place throughout the year at various locations in the city, you’ll get to meet and connect with other local businesses and organisations.  

Reserve your large duck today!

Did you know?

  • The small ducks are used every year, by multiple duck race organisers around Norfolk (this is the 9th year Break have used them!)

  • Where possible, the large ducks are re-used from previous events and re-designed into another ducktastic creation! In fact 12 ducks alone were recycled and re-imagined by foster families last year and more were transformed by the amazing 'Duckorator'.

  • All ducks are collected from the river (we use a boom to collect them at one end and take them from the river, so they do not go further than Fye Bridge).

  • Break request that the reeds are cut pre-event, which helps to clear the river as part of the Broads Authority aim to maintain riverways.

  • Paddleboarders clear the river of debris using nets during the event.

  • Volunteers are in place to clear rubbish and any other event items during and post-event.

  • No ducks are harmed in the making of this event!

Discover our other events

Check out the other events organised by Break and our partners. Not only are you guaranteed to have fun, by taking part you are helping to make a difference to young people in and around care.