New Mills Festival, along with the PTAs from local primary school’s and nurseries annually organise the event, which features a race specially for local businesses and a schools race as well as the public competition has cash prizes and trophies for the winning ducks. The event is held sometime in June every year. The route is along the River Goyt, starting near the viaduct and Goytside Farm.

Please note access is by foot only, please use the town carparks if travelling by car.

New Mills Festival volunteer and Duck Race Committee member Rachel Walker says: “With nearly 1500 participants in 2019 the event is a hugely popular date in the town’s cultural calendar. There will be entertainment, lots of activities including the return of the ever popular Bubbleologists courtesy of the Big Bubbleman plus the fabulous PTA Cake Stall and other street food. It’s great collaborating with such a big group of people… a lot of fun and fantastic that all the co-organisers can work together raising much needed funds in the process. It’s what our community is all about!”

Tickets for the ducks priced at £2 each can be purchased from the participating schools and nurseries, and from: Priscilla’s Cards: Market Street NEW MILLS OR online at

In addition, businesses could become a Duck Race Supporter. If your business or organisation would like to take part in the Corporate Duck Race Ducks can also be purchased at


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