Tin bath championship team is carfest-bound with Steam Packet Company support


For the second successive year, The World Tin Bath Championships is going on tour.

Organisers of the star-studded Carfest North have again invited over the team from CADS (Castletown Ale Drinkers Society) to run tin bath racing at the event at Bolesworth Estate in Cheshire this weekend (July 27th-29th).

Described as ‘a weekend of music, cars and family fun’, the three-day festival is the brainchild of BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans whose team invited CADS members over after they saw the World Championships in Castletown in 2016.

CADS event manager Peter Wicke explained: ‘We were approached by the Carfest organisers who thought it would be a great addition to the event’s programme. There are loads of fun activities planned and we’ll be again based on the estate’s lake giving visitors a chance to try out tin bath racing. Who knows, perhaps we’ll unearth a few potential champions who’ll travel over to the island for the championship in September.’

A series of races will be held over the three days and more than 300 entrants are expected.

A team of 15 from CADS will head to Carfest North with tin baths and the Steam Packet Company is helping by assisting with travel costs.

Peter added: ‘We had such a good response last year we were delighted to be invited back as it is an opportunity not just to promote the Isle of Man and hand out brochures but also to support Carfest as it raises money for Children in Need.

‘I’d like to say a big thank you to the Steam Packet Company for assisting with the travel costs so we can take our team of 15 and the tin baths over.

‘The vehicles to transport the baths have also been donated by 4Hire at Ocean Village so a big thank you to them too.’

As the name suggests, Carfest will also feature a stunning array of cars, plus plenty of family fun, featuring musical artists including Razorlight, George Ezra, The Proclaimers, Status Quo and Texas.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘The World Tin Bath Championships are a huge event for the Isle of Man and have delighted people from all around the world over the years so it’s no wonder the Carfest organisers were keen to invite the tin bath racing team back.

‘This is a great opportunity for CADS to share this fun event with an even bigger audience, as well as helping to support Children in Need, so we are delighted to be able to assist the team, and hope they have a great time.’

This year’s World Tin Bath Championships, which have been held annually in Castletown since 1971, will be held on Saturday, 1st September in the town’s inner harbour.