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.
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.
Funraisers Dragon Boat Festival is a unique event, which allows you to choose the charity for which you want to raise money. Each team that enters the races selects a charity and ALL the money raised through sponsorship goes to that charity.
The racing takes place at Bewl Water in Lamberhurst. Funraisers Dragon Boat Festival has proved itself to be a fun day out for all the family with a wide range of entertainment for both children and adults...so bring your friends and a picnic.
Each crew will race with 16 paddlers plus the drummer. However, we encourage teams to involve a few extra and to make available roughly 20 people on the day, and all raising money. We request that each team raises sponsorship of at least £2,000 for their chosen charity. The entry fee per team is £340, which is, of necessity, non-refundable.
...for your team to raise funds through this event are endless. Many teams raise around £4,000, some up to £7,000, and one year a team raised almost £17,000! Try for company sponsorship and/or raise funds for your boat prior to the event with wine tasting evenings, raffles etc. You could raise additional funds, over and above your sponsorship, by applying to us to run a stall or activity