Boxing Day fun for all the family!

Matlock, Derbyshire - 26th December 2023
Fundraising for the RNLI
Hello daring adventurer

Ready To Brave The Cold Derwent Waters?

Every year on Boxing Day many (slightly crazy) individuals paddle down the River Derwent on their home made rafts, starting at Matlock, heading through Matlock Bath and finally reaching the finish line at Cromford Meadows. Rafts are designed with fun themes, inventive outfits and some even bring their own music! All in aid of the amazing Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI).






Proud to present 2022's

Heroic Winners

HMS Prison Derwent

The Pirate Ship

The Dodgem

It's for a mighty good cause

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Keep ahead of the tide

Latest Updates

Event Cancellation Announcement: 2023 Raft Event

Dear Participants, Supporters, and Sponsors, It's with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of the 2023 Raft Event. This decision, though difficult, is made with the safety and well-being of everyone involved as our foremost concern. River Conditions Update: The river is forecasted to reach critical levels, peaking at around 2.3m by 10.00 AM on Boxing Day. This significantly exceeds our safety threshold of 1.8m, making it unsafe to proceed with the event. Your safety is our priority, and under these conditions, we cannot responsibly host the event. Supporting the RNLI: While we cannot gather for the event, our commitment to supporting the RNLI remains strong. You can still make a difference by donating through our GoFundMe page. Every contribution helps us support this vital cause, ensuring that our efforts to aid the RNLI continue despite the event's cancellation. Donate Here: Thank You to Our Sponsors: We extend our heartfelt thanks to all our sponsors for your unwavering support. Your contributions, especially in times like these, are greatly appreciated. Looking Forward to 2024: We are already planning for the 2024 Raft Event, aiming to make it an even more impactful and memorable experience. We eagerly anticipate your participation in what promises to be a fantastic event next Boxing Day. Thank you for your understanding, support, and patience. Your commitment to our cause and community is deeply appreciated. A Merry Christmas to all, and a Happy New Year. Warm regards, The Matlock Raft Event Committee

A reminder regarding Willersley Castle

Attention all spectators! Big shout out to Willersley Castle for letting us use the river bank for spectating this Boxing Day! Let's show our gratitude by treating the grounds with respect. Please stay close to the river, do not leave any litter and do not stray into the grounds! Thanks, everyone! We can't wait to see you there!

Time to Donate!

ANNOUNCEMENT! We've launched a GoFundMe campaign, and we're calling on YOU to make a splash with your support! For all of our friends who might not be able to be with us on the big day, or for those who are just ready to contribute right away, we've got fantastic news! You can start making a difference right now by donating online to support the incredible RNLI cause. Visit our GoFundMe page at - it's just a click away! Remember, no donation is too small! Share the campaign far and wide - let's get everyone on board this wave of giving! Every donation, big or small, brings us closer to our goal and makes a real difference. Thank you all for your support


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