Teams challenged to build and race raft

THE City of Wells Lions are challenging teams of friends and workmates to build a raft and race it on The Bishop’s Palace moat in this year’s Wells Moat Boat Races.

They say it is not so difficult – and point out that the Mendip Activity Centre runs two-hour courses in raft building.

The 2024 Moat Boat Races take place on August Bank Holiday Monday, August 26.

There are races for Juniors and Adults, fun races and special awards such as best dressed crew. All proceeds will be donated to local charitable organisations by the City of Wells Lions.

Application packs with regulations and raft specification are available on the new boat race website: or from City of Wells Lions, email:

The maximum crew size is six (teams up to eight), the minimum age to take part is 13 years by Monday, August 26, 2024, the day of the races. The number of entries for each race is limited so it will be ‘first come first served’.

To volunteer to help with running the races email or call 0345 833 6736.