Dragon Boat Racing and the Milton Keynes Festival

Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today – as well as the most fun! Up to 16 people paddle each 40’ boat with a drummer at the front beating time and our helm at the tail steering a straight course. No previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit!

Gable Events has joined with Age UK Milton Keynes to bring you the 16th spectacular Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival. The Festival is open to everyone and up to 60 crews are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course, watched by several thousand spectators. Willen Lake offers a superb venue for racing and a fabulous day is guaranteed with bankside entertainment, music, food and fun activities for all the family.

Standard entry includes:

  • Dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment
  • At least 3 races per crew
  • Music and entertainment
  • Souvenir programme
  • Trophies for the top five crews, the best-placed mixed crew (minimum seven ladies), the crew raising the most money for Age UK Milton Keynes and the ‘best dressed’ crew
  • Medals for the top three crews
  • A voucher worth up to £350 towards a celebratory meal at Zen Garden Oriental Buffet Restaurant in Central MK for the crew raising the most money for Age UK Milton Keynes

Age UK Milton Keynes

We are an independent charity working in the borough of Milton Keynes. Everybody taking part in the MK Dragon Boat Festival, as an active fundraiser, crew member, sponsor or cheering spectator is helping to make a difference in their local community. Every penny raised at the event helps our Community Home Visiting Service and volunteer Befrienders support hundreds of older people in their homes every week.

This year we need to raise £15,000 from this event to ensure that a vital service we provide for free can carry on reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness. Our Community Home Visitors and volunteer Befrienders are experienced and compassionate and have a wealth of knowledge. Often they are able to identify an underlying problem that the client may not be aware of, or may feel unable to mention.

Older people tell us: “I couldn’t have asked for anyone better. To have someone to talk to and know you can say anything at all, and in confidence, is marvellous.” A trustworthy, caring person who visits regularly provides not only reassurance but also companionship.

Thank you for supporting the MK Dragon Boat Festival and for any donations you are able to make to support our vital work. Every year over 14,000 people and their families use our services. We help older people to live independently in their own home. We also enable them to meet new people and make new friends.

For further information visit www.ageukmiltonkeynes.org.uk
Call us on 01908 550700 or email: info@ageukmiltonkeynes.org.uk
Money raised in Milton Keynes stays in Milton Keynes. Thank you
Registered charity 1079773

Celebrating 50 years of Milton Keynes

Milton KePrintynes is 50 years old in 2017 and a whole programme of events is planned to discover its history, landscape, architecture and culture. MK’s people, communities and organisations are coming together to celebrate and what better way to get involved than by entering a team in this year’s Dragon Boat Festival!
Visit www.MK50.com

About Gable Events

With the benefit of over 20 years’ experience in corporate event management, Gable Events provides high quality, value-for-money activities tailored to the individual needs of our clients. We specialise in events for motivation, team building and fun and offer a full portfolio of activities including it’s a knockouts, fun days, human table football, school sports, Medieval days, team challenges, krypton maze, rafting, tank driving, treasure hunts soapbox derbies, 8-lane giant scalextric and indoor entertainments.

To find out more about Gable Events, visit www.gable-events.co.uk, email info@gableevents.co.uk or call 01780 470 718