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Water Rocket Challenge Water Rocket Challenge

Aim for the sky in our annual Water Rocket Challenge, which sees hundreds of participants, from school teams to adults, battling it out to become champion.

Come and join in!

Spectators, families and everyone else are welcome to attend from 17:30-20:30 hrs.

There is an entry fee of £2, which is donated to the Shooting Star CHASE children's hospice charity.

There will also be workshops and activities, as well as food and drink available to purchase.

Entry is via our Queens Road gate: TW11 0EB.

2014 Challenge

Water rockets filled the skies over Teddington on Wednesday 18 June 2014 for our 15th annual competition.

From school teams in the afternoon, to adult enthusiasts and youth groups in the evening, the NPL Water Rocket Challenge is a great day out which sees teams of rocketeers take to the skies with their own water rockets!

The 2015 NPL Water Rocket Challenge will be held on Wednesday 17 June at the NPL Sports Club - REGISTER NOW

Or come and watch!

Did you know?

It all started when a few NPL scientists had a mechanised vegetable hurling competition at a summer barbecue!


Find posters below to put up in your classroom or home!

The Essentials

Every competition has to have them! Here's where you'll find all the extra information to make sure the event is safe and fair, and everything you could possibly need to get yourself started!


View past scores, photos and videos from past Water Rocket Challenges since 2003.