A Village Duck Race

Every year little T’s village school holds a Duck Race and Talent Show as a fundraising event for their school. We’ve been going to this event long before T was born and finally this year, we came as a parent.

There were different tents, and little games children could partake in, as well as for adults, and of course food stalls and even a bouncy castle. The day started really grey and drizzly, thankfully though, by the time the talent show which children from their school participated in, was about to begin, it stopped raining.

T’s reception class (and a few kids from the older kids) opened the show with a little dance routine they call “Wake up, Shake up” which they usually do to start the day.  Was really pleased with T, she danced without even looking nervous at all.  I think she enjoyed all the attention!

And here’s little T and one of her close-friends’ M watching the older kids perform.  Some were brave and danced alone, some sang alone, most though had a friend or two to perform with.

After the “cello babies” performed (a group of young kids from T’s school), we came up to the cello teacher and introduced little T to her.  She was really nice and gave T an impromptu lesson.  The teacher also wanted her to try out the smallest cello, we were worried that it might be too big for her, but as you can see from the photo above, it was just right!

And then it was 3pm, time for the main event – The Duck Race!

People were already sitting by the side of the river, ready to watch colourful plastic ducks race down the river.

Before long, hundreds of them were released.  As I’ve mentioned, we’ve been attending this event for years now but have never won, for a while, we wondered if this might just be our lucky one.  And as always, our duck didn’t win.

The Duck Race was a big success, as reported by the newsletter we received yesterday.  We managed to raise two thousand plus pounds!  Not bad for a small village school eh?

Have you ever attended a duck race?


  1. Kim Carberry

    Aww! What a lovely day….The duck race is such a cute idea x

    • Yes and most importantly the school managed to raise a good amount 🙂 x

  2. Oh that looks like so much fun! We used to have a duck race at my primary school too but we never won either!!

  3. roweeee

    Hi Dean.
    How wonderful. I have never been to such a duck race but love it as a potential fundraiser for our sea scouts. looks like so much fun. hope you are all well and enjoying the warmer weather. Its 9degrees here tonight and Bilbo is on my lap making a great heater.. We Australians are not good with the cold!! xx Rowena

    • I think having a duck race is a great fund raising event, especially if it’s related to children! 😉 Good fun for the adults too. Yes, we’ve had warm(ish) weather lately, though in Cornwall, we always have a nippy breeze coming in from the ocean, so it’s never really warm 😉 x

      • roweeee

        Can’t wait til I can get on a plane and go exploring all these places I visit through my blog. Some of Geoff’s ancestors come from Cornwell from a place something like Pelynt. They arrived in Tasmania as free settlers back in the 1830s so it was a very long time ago xx Rowena

          • roweeee

            Don’t get too excited. I’m talking distant pipe dream at this stage!

          • And here I was thinking, we ought to meet up! You’ll never know, it may happen sooner than you think 😉

  4. Coombe Mill

    That’s a great effort by the school and a lovely event. Our scout one was last weekend, they are always well supported and lots of fun. It must be a Cornish thing! I love the Cello photo, I wonder if your daughter will want to have lessons now? She looks very comfortable with it in the photo there. Thank you for sharing a great fun day on Country Kids and well done the school.

  5. Victoria - WTPP

    That looks like so much fun! How great to see everyone getting together and joining in too xxx community spirit xx

  6. Cheryl TimeToCraft (@CherylInTheUK)

    That is a fabulous fund raising effort. I’ve been to annual duck races at a couple of local villages. One race, the ducks are sponsored by local business and they also decorate them. Some are quite fabulous and stand more chance winning the inital “beauty” contest than the race. All good fun. We sponsored one year and did a sterling job keeping the stragglers going (read: our duck was right at the back) #CountryrKids

  7. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    Looks like it turned out great! And I love how y’all attended before, but now were parents attending! That just warmed my heart, as I’m sure it did yours!

    • Yes, it was kinda touching, the other parents felt the same as well 🙂

  8. Jenny Eaves

    Looks fabulous, Well done to T for dancing and the cello lesson looks great! I love the duck race photos too, we have a duck race here too, I love watching all the plastic yellow ducks floating downstream. 🙂 x

  9. suzanne3childrenandit

    Oh this is fabulous! I love this kind of thing – really brings the community together doesn’t it? Fab pics too 🙂 x

  10. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    Aww so much fun – how awesome do all those ducks look – so colourful

  11. Just wanted to let you know, dean, that after reading your post, I mentioned the duck race to our scout leader and we’ll be holding one I think on the 30th August. It’s going to be so much fun! Thanks for the idea.
    Also, I saw Cornwall on Escape to the Country the other night and thought of you. xx Rowena

    • That’s great to know! Sorry for the late reply though, rarely go online lately. Hope all is well. Xx

      • That’s fine. I haven’t been online as much myself lately. My laptop isn’t well and my desktop PC is at the cold end of the house and my fingers freeze at night. Actually, it’s sunny and they’re still frozen! xx Rowena

  12. Wow! I could use a bit of that warmth. I had Lady on my lap tonight and she warmed up my frozen fingers. They were deep purple! xx Rowena

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