Enter a team in the Nottingham Dragon Boat Race


Things are about to get competitive on the Trent and you can get involved!

The Nottingham Dragon Boat Race will be returning for its twelfth year at the Riverside Festival and we’re pleased to announce that Notts TV will be official media partners of the event. Entries are now open for Nottinghamshire groups to man the boats. So, if you want a great day out with your team while raising lots of money for a worthwhile cause then get your entry in now.

When and where is the Dragon Boat Race taking place?

The Dragon Boat Race takes place during the Nottingham Riverside Festival.

The Riverside Festival is one of Nottingham’s largest family events and includes a fun fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world.

This year The Riverside Festival will run from Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August, the Dragon Boat Race will take place on the last day of the festival, Sunday 2 August.

What is Dragon Boat Racing?

Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today – as well as the most fun! Up to 10 people paddle each 30’ boat with a drummer at the front beating time and a helm at the tail steering a straight course.

How do I enter?

Each Dragon Boat requires a crew of up to 11 but if your group is larger it is possible to enter more than one team. There’s no need for experience and you will be provided with all necessary equipment and a qualified helm to steer your dragon boat.

Each team is guaranteed three races and there is a whole range of prizes and trophies up for grabs including a special Escape room experience at Escapologic for the team that raises the most funds for Rainbows.

To enter or for more information on entry requirements visit the Nottingham Dragon Boat Challenge website.

What if I just want to watch?

No problem, bring your picnic blankets, camping chairs and anything else you need to have a nice afternoon out in the sunshine (fingers crossed). Grab yourself a good view of the Trent along Victoria Embankment and get ready to cheer on your team!

Gable Events brings you the Nottingham Dragon Boat Race in support of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to hear that their child will die before them – but for over 49,000 mums and dads across the UK it’s a nightmare that’s all too real.

Rainbows is the only hospice in the East Midlands that provides vital care and support to children with life-limiting illnesses from across the region. We also look after the wider families – mums and dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents – because terminal illnesses affect everyone.

By taking part in the Dragon Boat Festival, you and your crew will have the chance to make a difference to over 380 children and their families from across the East Midlands counties. The money you raise will help allow these families make the most of the short time they have together, making precious happy memories they can treasure forever.

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