Every year on the morning after Thame Carnival, Thame & District Round Table takes to Thame river and stages their annual duck race. This ‘fun-for-all’ event has become a family favourite in Thame’s calendar and regularly attracts a vast crowd.
The race is in essence a giant floating lottery, which involves dropping more than 2,000 individually numbered rubber ducks into the River Thame. If you have bought a ticket with a number that matches one of the first three ducks over the line, you win a cash prize. All other proceeds from the ticket sales are donated to local causes.
Adding to the fun is the irrepressible pirate, Captain Ducky, who follows the ducks down river in his floating creation of choice.
This year’s duck race takes place on Sunday 12th June, starting on the old town bridge, which is accessed from the bottom of Priest End, behind St Mary’s church. Gates open at 10.30am and the race will start at 11.00.