The 9th September 2017 will see the 20th annual Dragon Boat Festival at Bewl Water. The 2016 event raised over £80,000 for 50 different charities. More than 1,000 people competed in an amazing display of paddle power, excitement and fun. Since the event began in 1998, over £2.6 million has been raised for more than 380 local, national and international charities.
Crews of 16 paddlers (plus a drummer) race in Chinese-style Dragon Boats over a 250-metre course in order to raise money for their chosen charity. The racing is run by Dragon Boat Events Ltd who provide the boats, helms, safety equipment, buoyancy aids and rescue boats.
Crews do not need to be super fit or skilled to be successful - all that's required is teamwork and a good sense of fun!
There’s more to the Festival than the dragon boat races. The Bewl Water site that looks onto the water is full of tents and marquees with many running stalls selling cakes and other goodies, running competitions, and generally full to bursting with people in interesting and unusual fancy dress!
For more information about the day and about how to register a team please visit www.funraisers.org.uk