Nene Valley Dragon Boat Race Sunday 2nd September 2018

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Wicksteed Park, Kettering

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Event Details

Where and when?

Sunday, 2nd September 2018

Wicksteed Park

Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition with over 2000 years of history. It was introduced to the UK in the 1980’s and has become one of the fastest growing water activities in Britain – not to mention the most fun!

Dragon boat racing has become a popular fund raising event as it’s proven to not only offer a great day out to the local community, but raises thousands of pounds for worthy charities at the same time. It is also an excellent team building opportunity.

The event will consist of a racing competition between up to 48 teams from local businesses and organisations. Boats and safety equipment are provided, and absolutely no experience is needed.

All the teams will take part in various heats in a bid to be champions of the day, and winners will be rewarded with a trophy at the award ceremony which will end the day in style.

We have teamed up with Gable Events to host this event. They have over 20 years experience in running high profile events of this nature.

Gable Events is recognised as the market leader in the field of dragon boat racing event organisation and is the only commercial dragon boat event operator recognised and approved by the UK sports governing body, the British Dragon Boat Racing Association, and the international governing body, the IDBF.

The following PowerPoint presentation provides details about Gable Events:

Other Attractions

While the Dragon boat racing is lots of fun for all those participating, and spectators of all ages, there is so much more to this event, you can also use all of the facilities in the park. For more details of the attractions, please visit

  • Live music
  • Displays
  • Hot food and snacks, supplied by Wicksteed Park
  • Stalls and events

Please note all attractions are subject to confirmation – more details coming soon

Programme of Events

09.00 Event Starts
10.00 Start of Races
12.00 Start of Displays
17.00 Final Race
17.30 Presentations
18.00 Event Closes

Race Draw and Schedules

To be announced.

For a full photo gallery, click here.