Manchester Duck Race to return next weekend

Manchester Duck Race

A firm favourite in the city’s calendar, Manchester’s Duck Race, where thousands of families flock to the banks of the River Irwell to cheer on their rubber ducks, is taking place for the eighth successive year on Good Friday, April 14th

Visitors are encouraged to join in the fun and enter the duck race, which starts at 11am, whilst enjoying a host of complimentary family activities on offer across Spinningfields from midday.

It costs £1 to buy a duck and enter it into the race, with all proceeds going to local children’s charity Brainwave, who work hard to help children with brain injuries benefit from a range of educational and physical therapies across the country.

The best viewing points are on either side of the river between Spinningfields and New Bailey.

Manchester’s Campanile Hotel will also be challenging the public to track down five toy ducks around the city in return for prizes. From now until next Thursday, the aim is to find a person who is carrying a green toy duck on five different days. You will then have to find the location of the person who is carrying the toy green duck and say ‘quack quack’ in order to win and retrieve your prize.

Clues will be posted on Campanile Manchester’s twitter page  on different days, and for every retweet they receive, the hotel will donate 5p to Brainwave.

Craig Hodgkinson, general manager at the Campanile Hotel in Manchester, said: “This is a big game of hide and seek which is going to send the city quackers.  Depending on how elusive our mystery duck carrier is, we’ll be issuing up to four clues per day of their whereabouts, so we’d urge people to pay close attention. We’d also encourage people to keep an eye out for the green Campanile car, as that means the duck carrier isn’t far away. We’re asking as many people as possible to take part in this, as for every clue that is retweeted signifies a donation to Brainwave.”

Free to attend, the fun starts at 11am and the first race will commence at 2pm with surprise celebrity guests announcing the winners.

Visit for more details about the race.