PREVIEW: Portishead Soapbox Race returns this weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 July 2019

Soapbox racing - Portishead Lake Grounds..

Soapbox racing - Portishead Lake Grounds..


Dozens of carts will hurtle towards the finishing line in a high-octane race this weekend, with thousands of people set to cheer the racers on.

Portishead Soapbox Race will be held at the Lake Grounds on Sunday from 10am-4pm, with 40 teams set to tackle the 450m course in front of an expected crowd of 10,000 people.

The racers, who have spent countless hours slaving over their four-wheeled creations, will try to navigate the obstacle-packed course on Esplanade Road in hope of recording the fastest time when the chequered flag flies.

This year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with an open pit area allowing spectators to get a closer look at the carts, and big screens will mean revellers will not miss a moment of the action.

Race-goers will also be able to enjoy a funfair and an event village, featuring a range of stalls and food outlets.

Ben Knowles, one of the event's organisers, said: "We can't wait to see everyone on Sunday.

"Hopefully the weather will stay on our side and the whole family can have a great day out.

"Our supporters have once again been amazing and we are very excited to be close to race day again. It will be bigger and better than before."

The race has been watched by huge crowds since it returned for the first time in more than half a century two years ago, and tens of thousands of pounds have been raised in the process.

A whopping £12,000 was raised last year for St Peter's Hospice, and the event will once again collect cash for the Bristol-based charity - which provides palliative care to many people from across North Somerset.

Mr Knowles added: "Being able to donate the profits of the event to a charity which is so close to us is amazing.

"We are also able to offer the event to spectators for free thanks to our amazing sponsors.

"Putting on an event of this size comes with great cost, so being able to afford the event infrastructure costs, as well as donating just over £18,000 to St Peter's Hospice over the past two years has been great.

"We are hoping to raise a further £10,000 for the hospice this year."

For more information on the event, log on to

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the North Somerset Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the North Somerset Times