Ely’s annual Aquafest returns to city for 40th anniversary this weekend

Aquafest, organised by Ely Rotary club, will return to the city on Sunday (July 1) and will celebrat

Aquafest, organised by Ely Rotary club, will return to the city on Sunday (July 1) and will celebrate the events 40th anniversary. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Ely’s annual raft race will return to the city this Sunday (July 1) as it celebrates its 40th anniversary – here’s everything you need to know about the day.

Aquafest, organised by Ely Rotary club, will return to the city on Sunday (July 1) and will celebrat

Aquafest, organised by Ely Rotary club, will return to the city on Sunday (July 1) and will celebrate the events 40th anniversary. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

During the event, beginning at 10.30am with an opening by the Mayor of Ely, all of the usual charity and commercial stalls will be present as well as fairground rides.

Aquafest, organised by both Ely Rotary clubs, covers three sites along the riverside, Lavender Green, Jubilee Gardens and the Maltings Green.

A spokesman said: “A major crowd pleaser is the amazing annual raft race on the River Ouse, with numerous decorated rafts, everyone enters into the spirit of the day and fun is had by all.”

On the river there will be the main and scouts raft races and demonstrations by Hannam’s Wake Hub.


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In the arena will be many musical entertainments, local youth groups and the Viking re-enactment group.

To mark the 40th year there will be a fly past by a WWII vintage Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at approximately 3:55pm.

For more information, visit: www.elyaquafest.org.uk

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