Event category: Outdoors

Henny Fete & Stour Duck Race

All the fun of a traditional country fete organized by the local community in a beautiful riverside setting beside the Henny Swan pub. Traditional games such as the Coconut Shy, Bowling for the Pig, vie with newer ones. Games for young children in a safe fenced of setting and as a climax the River Stour Duck Race. Over 400 ducks swam down the River last year to a nail-biting finish. All the usual stalls. River boat trips. And finish with a relaxing drink along the Essex/Suffolk border.

Sudbury Rowing Club Annual Regatta

Two boats of rower competing on the River Stour

Side by side rowing races along the Friars Meadow stretch of the River Stour. Excellent family event with food and drink available all day. Opportunity to watch exciting races between competing rowing clubs from around the UK including some international visiting rowers. No booking required, http://www.sudburyrowingclub.org.uk

Dedham Vale Mill 2 Mill Swim and Picnic


The Dedham Vale Mill 2 Mill Swim isn’t a race. It’s a social swim and a picnic at Flatford Mill, in the heart of idyllic Constable Country. The only difference is to get to the picnic you have to swim from Dedham Mill 2.3km away. The Mill 2 Mill is part of the Slow Swimming campaign, aimed at encouraging swimmers to take their time and enjoy the opportunity to be out fully immersed in nature. There are no timing chips or results sheets. Everyone who takes part is a winner equally.
We are very keen to get children used to, and enjoying, swimming outdoors. This will improve their safety in and around water and should encourage them to be lifelong outdoor swimmers. There isn’t an age restriction as such, but obviously we would be depending on your adequate supervision of anyone under 16. I would very much recommend that they wear a wettie, as children lose heat quicker than adults when in water, and unless they are very good swimmers a form of buoyancy aid.
To give everyone an enjoyable swim the event is split into waves. Each wave will go off at twenty minute intervals from 10am, but exact start times will not be known until nearer the time as some waves may be split into two to stop overcrowding in the river:
Wave one: Seriously Need More Cake (Known as Serious), start at 10.00am. Choose this wave if you would like to actually race, but be prepared for a bit of a scrum in the narrow sections.
Wave two: Relaxed ’cause we know where the cake is hidden (Known as Relaxed). Steady pace – no rush.
Wave three
: Enjoying the Journey (Known as Enjoying it). Sculling along, maybe with a bit of paddling, smiling and chatting.
Wave four: Pooh Sticks. Basically it’s for people who want to really enjoy the scenery and float along using floaty things (nothing bigger than a lilo please) and stick out the occasional hand or foot to paddle. It could be as little as arm bands or a rubber ring.
BUT – please make sure it’s both safe (won’t go down and drown you) and won’t damage the river or river banks. We are here to help look after the river!

Registration is in the picnic field at Flatford Mill.
The start of the swim is opposite the Boathouse Restuarant at Dedham Mill.
We suggest that you park at the end of the course at Flatford Mill (The National Trust have provided us with a car park £4 all day satnav CO76UL), drop off your picnic supplies at the marquee in the picnic field, register and stroll the 1.5 miles to the start along the river bank. This should take around 40 minutes.

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