Venues & Clients

Below are just a few examples of recent client dragon boat events in the UK organised by Gable Events, giving an outline of the service we provided and the venues/locations used. We are happy to bring our dragon boat events to the venue of your choice or suggest a venue to suit you. We have a comprehensive knowledge of suitable locations for dragon boat racing and can recommend a venue within a short drive of most towns and cities in the UK. Gable Events offers a full event management service and, as well as providing the dragon boat racing, we can also arrange the venue, conference, catering and other activities as required. Either way we will always liaise with your chosen venue to make sure that your event goes without a hitch.


Bedford Borough Council
River Ouse, Bedford

Every other year, Gable Events run dragon boat racing on the River Ouse as part of the Bedford River Festival. Around 30 teams take part, providing a spectacular centrepiece to the River Festival and raising money for various local charities.

Willmott Dixon
Wyboston Lakes, Wyboston, Bedfordshire

Gable Events were selected to run the Willmott Dixon company day out which brought together 250 staff from their offices around the region and invited guests. With dragon boat racing as the focus, we also provided a bungee run, giant games, crazy golf, laser clay shooting, human table football, Victorian sidestalls and live band as side entertainment. Gable Events also took care of booking the venue including a buffet lunch and evening BBQ. Wyboston Lakes can accommodate any of our activities with ample water, land and indoor space.


Momentum UK (formerly Rehab UK)
Edgbaston Reservoir, Birmingham, West Midlands

Gable Events were selected to run this charity dragon boat event in Birmingham. Two of our 30’ dragon boat were used and teams were drawn from across the Midlands to raise funds for this excellent cause. Edgbaston Reservoir is also ideally placed for corporate dragon boat events.


Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club
Bristol Docks, Bristol

Gable Events has been chosen to run this annual charity dragon boat race in Bristol Docks on behalf of Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club since 2002! Racing two sets of three of our 40’ dragon boats, the event has to date raised over £500,000 for rotary club charities and 400 local teams have taken part! Gable Events has also run two dragon boat regattas on the Ampitheatre side of the Dock for 400 staff of Lloyds Banking Group and the Dock is conveniently placed to combine a corporate dragon boat event in Bristol with a meeting or stay in this lovely city.


Napp Pharmaceuticals
The Plough Public House, Fen Ditton, Cambridge

Gable Events organised dragon boat racing in Cambridge on the River Cam at Fen Ditton as a team building event for 90 staff from local company, Napp Phamaceuticals. We arranged all aspects of the event including booking the pub for breakfast, bbq lunch and refreshments, bringing in additional toilets, marquee and outside furniture and liaising with the local river authority for permission. We also run our annual open Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival on the River Cam at Fen Ditton.

Hydro International
Great Ouse, Ely, Cambridgeshire

Gable Events were chosen by Hydro International to run their dragon boat event in Ely to raise funds for WaterAid. In its first year the event was filmed for CBBC programme, All Over The Place, with Ed Petrie and Joe Swash taking to the water and competing head-to-head in our 30’ dragon boats.

Festival Events St Ives (FESt)
Great Ouse, St Ives, Cambridgeshire

Dragon boat racing is the highlight of this annual Festival on the Ouse in St Ives and draws teams and spectators from throughout Cambridgeshire.

Various clients

Tuddenham Mill, Nr Cambridge

Tuddenham Mill is a historic watermill, set near Newmarket and Cambridge in Suffolk, which has been sympathetically converted into a stylish hotel, restaurant and meeting venue. Their fully equipped meeting room seats up to 40 delegates and the Mill offers 12 acres of outdoor space for your team building activities. Tuddenham Mill is a truly exceptional venue for meetings and business functions in a relaxed and stylish environment.


Various clients
Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff

Gable Events have run charity dragon boat events in Cardiff at Atlantic Wharf for The Joshua Foundation and Fairbridge and a corporate dragon boat challenge for PHS based at The Wharf pub. We have also run a dragon boat challenge for the construction industry in Cardiff Bay.


Doncaster Tourism
Lakeside Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Gable Events run an annual dragon boat challenge at Lakeside Doncaster for Doncaster Tourism and Doncaster St George’s Rotary. The event encourages visitors to and raises the profile of Doncaster whilst also raising money for a variety of rotary club charities. Up to 36 teams compete each year.


Dover Regatta
Dover Harbour, Kent

Gable Events have run an annual dragon boat racing event in Dover Harbour in Kent as part of the Dover Regatta for the past ten years! The event is used as a fundraiser for the RNLI as well as a great spectacle for Regatta visitors and typically around 12-15 teams compete.

East Anglia

Flakt Woods
Alton Water, Stutton, Suffolk

50 Flakt Woods staff flew in from Geneva and all over Europe to take part in a dragon boat team building event in Suffolk organised by Gable Events following a conference in Colchester. Gable Events booked Alton Watersports Centre and arranged a BBQ and bar to follow the dragon boat racing. Alton Water is also used for an annual charity dragon boat event for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Fritton Lake, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Gable Events ran a dragon boat team building event in Great Yarmouth for a group of 22 people as an afternoon activity. Two teams participated in the dragon boat racing, learning all of the techniques from our skilled helmsmen and finishing up with a few races.

East Sussex

Aspirational Events
Weirwood Reservoir, East Sussex

Gable Events were booked to run a corporate team building event at Weirwood Reservoir in East Sussex for 50 staff representing a client of Aspirational Events who travelled to the venue from the nearby Ashdown Park Hotel where they were staying. The group were split into three teams for a couple of hours dragon boat racing then split again into eight teams for raft building so that the participants could get to know and work together with different colleagues.


Leukaemia Research
River Chelmer, Chelmsford, Essex

Gable Events were selected to run a charity dragon boat event in Chelmsford, Essex for 30 teams raising money for Leukaemia Research. The event took place at the time of the football World Cup and each of the teams bid at auction for one of the competing nation’s team names to use on the day – an innovative way to raise further funds for the charity!


The Quay, Exeter

This charity dragon boat event in Exeter brought a great spectacle to The Quay as 14 teams from around the South West competed against each other to raise funds for local charity, Dream-a-Way. We also ran dragon boat racing in Exeter for Hospiscare.


CLIC Sargent and Gloucester Severn Rotary
Gloucester Docks, Gloucestershire

Gable Events have been running a charity dragon boat event in Gloucester in the magnificent setting of the re-developed Docks for more than ten years, attracting more than 30 teams each year and raising vital funds for an excellent cause.


Effective Business Events
Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire

Famous for its annual royal regatta, Gable Events ran a corporate dragon boat racing event on the River Thames at Henley based at the exclusive Leander Club for 60 guests from a city law firm. The client then enjoyed lunch and refreshments at the Leander Club.

Kingston upon Thames

O2 and the England Rugby team
Ravens Ait, Kingston upon Thames/Surbiton, Surrey

Gable Events were proud to be chosen to run a dragon boat racing event for O2 and their invited guests at this exclusive island venue on the River Thames. As the England rugby team were sponsored by O2, the event was attended by the whole team who had lunch and took part in races with the guests and enjoyed a special race of their own against the GB ladies dragon boat team. Gable Events were selected by O2 to run the dragon boat racing and also recommended Ravens Ait and liaised with the venue on their behalf.


Lunesdale Rotary Club
Halton Army Training Camp, near Lancaster

Gable Events were selected to run this rotary dragon boat event near Lancaster for many years on behalf of Lunesdale Rotary Club, racing two sets of two 30’ boats and accommodating up to 24 teams.


Loughborough Women’s Aid
The Boat House, Barrow-upon-Soar, Loughborough

Gable Events have run a successful charity dragon boat event for Loughborough Women’s Aid on the River Soar for three years, liaising with The Boat House and the charity to maximise fundraising and ensure the event ran smoothly.

River Soar, Leicester

For five years, Gable Events have run a successful charity dragon boat event as part of the Leicester Riverside Festival drawing in the supporters of two very popular local charities. The dragon boat racing provides a superb attraction for Festival visitors and in turn the Festival gives the teams plenty to do between races!

Various clients
Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Leicester

Situated on the River Soar, the Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre provides the ideal location for companies from Leicester and the surrounding area to take part in a charity dragon boat event for popular local causes.

Rutland Water, Leicestershire

Gable Events have provided dragon boat events at Rutland Water for a number of years for clients including Totemic and Serco. For Totemic’s annual fun day, we provide four 40’ dragon boats with 450 staff taking part in 30 minute sessions alongside sailing and windsurfing and the fastest teams going through to a final at the end of the afternoon. Rutland Water can also accommodate other corporate activity days with facilities for raft building, treasure hunts and many more.


Martin House Hospice
Roundhay Park, Leeds

Roundhay Park lake is a superb dragon boat venue in Leeds and is the setting for one of the biggest charity dragon boat events that Gable Events run, attracting 48 teams each year to race eight of our 30’ (11 person) dragon boats on behalf of local charity, Martin House Hospice. The event raises around £50,000 annually for the charity with the figure boosted by the selling of corporate sponsorship packages.


S. John Stevens Memorial
Boston Dragon Boat Festival, Witham Way Country Park, Boston

Gable Events helped the organising committee to set up the Boston Dragon Boat Festival from its inauguration by providing guidance on marketing, liaising with the relevant authorities and attending site and committee meetings. The first dragon boat challenge was a big success, attracting 20 companies and is now looking to establish itself as an annual event.

Agents Day
Belvoir Castle, Grantham, Lincolnshire

As preferred event supplier to this spectacular venue, Gable Events organised dragon boat racing on the lake at Belvoir Castle for agents interested in using the castle for corporate events. The aim was to introduce the agents to all the castle and its grounds has to offer from tank driving to clay shooting and motorised events to Medieval days.


Barclays Capital
London Regatta Centre, Royal Albert Dock

Gable Events ran an evening corporate dragon boat event at London Regatta Centre for 220 graduate trainees from Barclays Capital. We also took care of all the venue and infrastructure arrangements including bringing in a marquee, professional BBQ caterer and refreshments. London Regatta Centre has a 300 capacity Chinese restaurant, Yi-Ban, overlooking the water and is conveniently placed for dragon boat events for city-based clients and those visiting the Olympic site at Stratford.

West Reservoir Watersports Centre, Hackney

Deloitte chose Gable Events to run their annual dragon boat racing event in London for 500 people made up of partners, staff and invited guests to raise money for Deloitte’s nominated charities. For this event we book the venue, caterer and bar, hire in additional tables and chairs and provide a secure cloakroom. A modern, purpose-built watersports centre, West Reservoir can accommodate large numbers and is great for client hospitality with private rooms for hire overlooking the racecourse. It is also the venue for our London construction industry dragon boat challenge which attracts 700 people each year and has also been used for corporate dragon boat events in London for many other clients including Orchid Group and Leigh Day Solicitors.

Aspen Re
Surrey Quays Water Sports Centre, London

Aspen Re selected Gable Events to run their corporate dragon boat event in London for 40 of their staff in four teams. Two 30’ dragon boats were raced in the early evening followed by a BBQ and bar, also organised by Gable Events. Surrey Quays Watersports Centre is conveniently placed for dragon boat events for companies from Canary Wharf and the City, has recently been refurbished and venue hire includes use of the Club Room which accommodates 60 people. Gable Events have also run dragon boat events at Surrey Quays for the British Paralympic Association, UBS, Barclays, Team Spirit and Goodman Masson among others.


Manchester Oriental Organisations Alliance
Salford Quays Watersports Centre, Manchester

Gable Events run annual charity dragon boat events at Salford Quays Watersports Centre for Manchester Oriental Organisations Alliance, Xinhua and Speedy Hire (for their nominated charity) and it is also the chosen venue for our annual Manchester Construction Industry Dragon Boat Challenge. Salford Quays is surrounded by hotels and restaurants and is ideally placed to combine a meeting, dinner or overnight stay in Manchester with a fun dragon boat team building event.


Cavendish Sporting Events
Crowne Plaza Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Gable Events ran a dragon boat racing event for 100 people on the lake at the Crowne Plaza Marlow as an afternoon activity combined with raft building. The Crowne Plaza Marlow offers excellent meeting space and accommodation and is perfect for many indoor and outdoor activities.

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival
Willen Lake, Milton Keynes

Gable Events run our largest and most successful annual open dragon boat festival at Willen Lake in Milton Keynes which attracts 60 companies (and a waiting list!), more than 14,000 spectators and raises over £20,000 for charity each year. Willen Lake is conveniently placed for the city and local hotels, offers great event space for additional activities and we often use it for dragon boat racing and other events in Milton Keynes.


Npower Games
Nottingham University, Nottingham

Gable Events provide an annual corporate dragon boat event at Nottingham University for over 250 staff of npower as part of a multi-sport event. In addition, Gable Events have supplied a bucking rugby ball, bungee run, target golf and human table football as ‘come and try’ activities for staff to enjoy between games. We have also run dragon boat events at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham and also run one of our open dragon boat challenges on the River Trent in Nottingham as part of the annual Riverside Festival.


Rotary Clubs of Northampton
Billing Aquadrome, Northampton

Gable Events run this annual rotary dragon boat event at Billing Aquadrome in Northampton to raise money for rotary club charities. More than 40 crews are attracted to take part each year, racing two sets of four 30’ dragon boats.

Rotary Clubs of Nene Valley
Wicksteed Park, Northamptonshire

This annual rotary dragon boat race is growing more popular by the year with Gable Events providing eight 30’ dragon boats to accommodate up to 48 teams recruited from companies and organisations throughout Northamptonshire. Gable Events liaised closely with the Nene Valley Rotary Clubs to get the event established and each year it raises thousands of pounds for rotary club charities.

Hellidon Lakes Hotel, Daventry, Northamptonshire

Gable Events have run several half day corporate dragon boat events on the lake at the luxury Hellidon Lakes Hotel for guests staying at the venue following a meeting. The events have each catered for 60-70 people for clients including Npower and Team Spirit with two boats raced in a series of heats during the afternoon.


Various clients
Alexandra Park, Oldham

Highly successful dragon boat events take place in Oldham annually on the boating lake in Alexandra Park with Gable Events racing two sets of two dragon boats and accommodating up to 24 teams over the day.


Banbury Rotary Club
Broughton Castle, Banbury, Oxfordshire

This rotary dragon boat event in Banbury uses three 30’ dragon boats and takes place every other year on the Broughton Castle moat with all teams raising funds for rotary club charities.


Peterborough Rowing Club, Peterborough

Gable Events organised a charity dragon boat event in Peterborough for BGL staff from across the country including the HQ in Peterborough and offices in Coventry and Sunderland. 15 teams took part and over £20,000 was raised for nominated charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care. Gable Events provided the dragon boat racing and also booked Peterborough Rowing Club and outside tables and chairs for this fundraising day.


Huawei & Vodafone
Burghfield Sailing Club, Reading, Berkshire

For this corporate dragon boat event in Reading, Gable Events suggested and booked the Burghfield sailing club, arranged the bbq caterer and refreshments and booked a Chinese lion dance to entertain 25 staff and guests of Huawei and Vodafone. We have also run dragon boat racing for clients at The Copthorne in Reading.


Rotary Club of Burnley Pendleside
Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre, Littleborough, Rochdale, Lancashire

This rotary dragon boat event in Rochdale used two 30’ dragon boats to accommodate 14 teams for a full day of racing. Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre is also suitable for companies looking for a corporate dragon boat racing event in Rochdale.


PHASE Worldwide
Manvers Lake, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire

Manvers Lake is a brand new venue with new building, great facilities, large lake and plentiful parking making it the ideal location for a dragon boat event in Rotherham for clients in South Yorkshire.


Team Challenge Company
Strathclyde Country Park, Glasgow, Scotland

Gable Events ran a corporate dragon boat event at Strathclyde Country Park in Glasgow for 40 people. The event was a team building afternoon and we made the venue arrangements as well as providing the activity. We have also run a charity dragon boat event in Glasgow for staff of Somerfield to raise money for Mencap.

Crinan Canal Water Festival
Crinan Canal, Argyll, Scotland

The Crinan Canal Water Festival organisers selected Gable Events to run dragon boat racing as part of the Festival. Up to 12 teams participate in this event racing two of our 30’ boats in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland.


Wilkinson Rother Valley
Country Park, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Gable Events were selected by national retailers Wilkinson to run their dragon boat event in Sheffield which was used as a fundraiser for their company charities as well as a fun staff day out. Nineteen teams raced on the day, supported by their families and friends. Rother Valley Country Park is a great venue for dragon boat racing and Gable Events have also run events here for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Care (for over a decade!), Stanley UK and John Lewis.


Coniston Hotel, Skipton, North Yorkshire

Gable Events ran a combined kayaking and dragon boat racing team building event on the Coniston Hotel lake in Skipton for 20 staff from Galliform as a fun corporate event.


Cushman & Wakefield LLP
The Runnymede on Thames, Egham, Surrey

We provided dragon boat racing on the River Thames at Egham alongside duck herding, remote control cars and laser clay shooting for 75 people in 8 teams with two teams on each activity and rotating activities every hour. The top two teams then fought it out in a dragon boat finale at the end of the afternoon to determine the winners. We have also run a dragon boat event for BUPA at The Runnymede.


BigHand Ltd
The Lensbury, Teddington, Middlesex

Gable Events split the group of 86 people from BigHand into six teams to compete at dragon boat racing on the River Thames at Teddington. Gable Events also provided a rocket launch activity and each team had to build their rocket between races with all six launched simultaneously as a finale at the end of the afternoon. Other clients Gable Events have entertained with dragon boat racing at The Lensbury include Virgin Media.


Knight Frank
Warwick Boat Centre

Warwick Boat Centre is set in an ideal location near Warwick Castle and close to the centre of Warwick and its hotels. It is particularly suited to dragon boat racing in Warwick for up to 100 people followed by a bbq and we have entertained Knight Frank and clients of Adventure Sport at this venue.

Parkwood Leisure
Barcelo Walton Hotel, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire

Gable Events were selected to run a whole day of corporate activities at Barcelo Walton Hotel for 92 of Parkwood Leisure’s staff with a school sports event in the morning and dragon boat racing on the hotel lake after lunch. Participants were split into nine teams and they remained in the same teams all day to encourage an extra competitive edge. As well as medals for the winning team, Gable Events also provided wooden spoons for the gallant losers!

West Sussex

Chestnut Tree House
Lagoon Watersports, Hove, near Brighton, West Sussex

Gable Events ran a charity dragon boat event in Hove for teams drawn from throughout West Sussex to raise money for the local hospice.


Swindon Borough Council
Coate Water, Swindon, Wiltshire

We provided dragon boat racing at Coate Water in Swindon as part of a multi-sport event organised by Swindon Council known as Challenge Swindon. Six boats were raced over both days of a weekend for up to 36 teams each day. We also ran a charity dragon boat event in Swindon for Prospect Hospice.

Red Carpet Enterprises for RIAT
Greenacres Estate, Leigh, Wiltshire

For the past few years, Gable Events have provided dragon boat racing in the Cotswolds as well as raft building, air rifles & pistols and an inflatable obstacle course for 64 RAF personnel from the Royal International Air Tattoo for a team building event.

Windsor and Maidenhead

Various clients
Dorney Lake, Windsor, Berkshire

As preferred supplier to the 2012 Olympic rowing and canoeing venue, Gable Events are fortunate to run a number of corporate dragon boat events at Dorney Lake and their sister venue, Queens Eyot, each year. Dorney Lake clients have included the British Olympic Association, UK Sport, the BT Olympic team, O2, Insight Research, Gondola Group (Ask & Zizzi), Sony, Lek, Danone, Sailors Society, Miracles, The Childrens Trust, UKS & V Vodafone, PricewaterhouseCoopers, RICS, Pret a Manger, Nestle, Travelex, Trinity Conferences, KDM and Hospitality Line with events ranging from team builds for 20 people to full day events for several hundred including meetings, catering and side entertainment also arranged by Gable Events.

Various clients
Queens Eyot, Windsor, Berkshire

Gable Events run several dragon boat events each year at the exclusive Queens Eyot Island on the River Thames which is run by Dorney Lake and only accessed by private ferry. These events have included a fun day for 200 staff from Cisco Systems and their invited guests with activities provided by Gable Events including dragon boat racing, sumo wrestling, bungee run, remote control cars, archery, target golf, axe throwing and circus skills. Other clients Gable Events have organised corporate events at Queens Eyot for include IP Integration, HPI Ltd, 1E, Gazprom, Thomson Reuters, AOK Events and The Finishing Touch.

River Thames, Windsor, Berkshire

Diageo selected Gable Events to run a small dragon boat team building event for 22 of their staff on the River Thames at Windsor. Starting the event at Windsor Leisure Centre, the group were split into two teams and spent two hours paddling on a beautiful stretch of the River Thames, learning all the dragon boat racing techniques from our trained helms, taking part in fun water-based exercises and culminating in a series of races between the two teams.

KDM Events
Oakley Court, Windsor, Berkshire

Gable Events were asked to run a dragon boat racing event at Oakley Court Hotel on the River Thames for a client of KDM Events. The 40 participants enjoyed a series of two-boat races with the fastest two teams battling it out in an exciting finale at the end of the afternoon.

Expo Events
Cliveden House, Taplow, Berkshire

Surrounded by beautiful Berkshire countryside, the client followed a conference for 20 guests in the luxury Cliveden Hotel with a dragon boat team build on the River Thames embarking from the grounds of the hotel.


Worcester South Rotary Club
River Severn, Worcester Racecourse, Worcester, Worcestershire

For many years Gable Events ran a charity dragon boat event on the River Severn in Worcester beside the racecourse for teams recruited by the local rotary club.