Dragon Boat Festival entries open

Teams are invited to apply for the Dragon Boat Festival on 8 September

Fancy taking on an ancient Chinese tradition? Being part of the fastest growing water activity in the country, as well as rather fun?

Teams across the region are starting to sign up to become part of the county’s most exuberant boating event, the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival, which returns on 8 September.

Now in its 14th year, teams of up to ten people in 30ft boats will be taking part. Complete with a drummer at the front, and a helm at the back to steer, it means all you need is plenty of team spirit, but no previous experience is required, as the crews battle it out along a 200m stretch of the River Cam out in Fen Ditton, cheered on by hundreds of spectators.

Crews are made up of companies, organisations, clubs and groups of friends, all competing in a nail-biting river race to see who will take home the crown. Each team is guaranteed at least three races and there are trophies and medals for the top three teams.

It’s all in aid of a fantastic local cause: Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT), which is the only charity dedicated to making a difference for patients at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals. 

As well as all the action taking place on the river, there’s plenty to enjoy on the banks, including Chinese lion dancing, children’s activities, funfair rides and plenty of food and drink for all the family. 

If you fancy getting involved, visit this link to download an entry form.