Welcome to the 2018 season

Our website will shortly be updated so that you can book and pay for your paddling online. Until then, reach us by phone, or by email at enquiries@chesterkayakhire.co.uk, where there will always be a prompt and friendly reply. See you on the river soon!

Tel: 01244 422007

Three events coming to Chester’s waterways

While kayaking in Chester is a great way to pass the time, the city’s waterways are due to play host to more than just paddlers this year.

With many of these events steeped in history and competitive flavour, the following are just a few of the highlights that you may want to attend or join in with this summer:

1. The Dee Mile

With it being one of the oldest river races in the UK, the Dee Mile will have hundreds of swimmers competing to be first to cross under the Queens Park Suspension Bridge. With the course of the 93-year-old race actually running for a mile and a quarter downstream from the Red House pub, the competitors will have to be fit to be in with a chance, but it should make for great viewing from the banks of the River Dee.

Being held on May 30 this year, the race still retains the title of champion for the fastest swimmer who lives within five miles of Chester Cross and completes the course without a wetsuit. Open to men and women, the quickest wetsuit wearer and the swiftest without one are also recognised.

2. The Chester Regatta

Believed to be the oldest rowing event of its kind in the world, the Chester Regatta will be sure to bring many Cheshire canoeing enthusiasts out on June 13. More than 200 crews are scheduled to take part in the annual rowing contest, which began back in 1733 and has provided inspiration for regattas the world over. Open to people of all ages and having a variety of boat sizes, the knockout competition will provide plenty of fast paced excitement for anyone who lines the River Dee that day.

3. The International Mersey River Festival

Although not technically in Chester, it is only a short journey from the city by car or public transport to the banks of the River Mersey, where people will be able to enjoy a spectacular maritime display this June. Running from the 4th until the 7th, the 2015 International Mersey River Festival is lining up to be a grand event, with tall ships, stage entertainment and air shows on the books.

Along with naval ships and river barges, attendees to the festival will be able to try their hand at a number of watersports. The festival will also hold the first Northern Boat Show, which will see around 60 crafts and 150 exhibitors attending.