The Big Avon Paddle is back for a fourth year on Saturday, September 14.

The event promises to deliver even more fun with new elements for participants to enjoy. Get on board with Dorothy House on the River Avon, and help raise vital funds for hospice care in the community.

The Big Avon Paddle takes place at The Boathouse, Bath starting at 10am and finishing at 6pm.

This year there are two options to paddle. The new 1.5-mile fun loop starts at The Boathouse and goes upstream towards Weston Lock and back. The 4.5-mile loop heads downstream to the Avon County Rowing Club and back.

It’s up to participants which route they choose or whether they decide to paddle a mix of both routes, even deciding how many loops they can complete during the day at a pace to suit themselves. It promises to be a fun-filled day out for participants of all abilities and ages and an ideal team-building event for families, friends and colleagues.

This year, an optional fun pirate theme provides the opportunity to dress in pirate costume and compete for the ‘best dressed pirate’ prize. Refreshments will be available at The Boathouse and there will be live music entertainment throughout the day.

Each entry fee includes a finisher’s medal and pizza at the end of the day.

“I have participated previously, raising over £300. Dorothy House are currently supporting my stepdad in the late stages of Parkinson’s and his other multiple health issues. I would like to combine my love for paddle boarding and raise money for such a great cause”, says Kate, who has signed up for the paddle this year.

By taking part in The Big Avon Paddle participants are helping Dorothy House continue to provide free end-of-life care in the community, supporting local patients and their families through the most difficult of times.

To take part in The Big Avon Paddle, grab your paddle, choose your board, kayak or canoe and head to the Dorothy House website:

Standard Entry is £20 per person, Family Entry is available for £50 from 9th May (family of 3, 4 or 5 people - max 2 adults)

Every participant or family is required to raise £50 in sponsorship to help raise vital funds for Dorothy House to continue to provide free end-of-life care in the community.