The 8th September 2018 will see the 21th annual Dragon Boat Festival at Bewl Water. The 2017 event raised over £107,000 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 £2.7 million has been raised for more than 400 local, national and international charities.
This is your opportunity to be part of this fantastic event
Crews of 16 paddlers (plus a drummer) race in Chinese-style Dragon Boats over a 250-metre course. 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!
Dragon Boat racing is steeped in mythology and has been around for many thousands of years in China. Popular legend has it that through the racing, Chinese dragons would bring rain. We hope this will not be the case in September.
The racing is run by leading events company 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