Last Chance to Enter!

Last chance to make a splash at the Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday 25th June!

In a few weeks’ time Willen Lake in Milton Keynes will reverberate to the sound of beating drums and there is still time to get your team together and join in the fun!

The Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival, supported by Business MK and MKFM, celebrates its 16th anniversary on Sunday 25th June and around half the teams that take part each year are new – so why not join them on the start line next month? The 2017 event promises to be extra special as it will be one of numerous events happening across the region to help Milton Keynes celebrate its 50th birthday.

As Festival Charity, Age UK Milton Keynes is urging every team to help reduce loneliness and isolation among older people by raising vital funds for them. The local charity has been encouraged by the speed at which the ten Gold and Silver entry packages sold out this year but they need to raise £15,000 from sponsorship and donations. Every penny raised supports the crucial services Age UK Milton Keynes provides.

Action Express, Blum UK, BSH Home Appliances, Calverton Finance, FibreFab Ltd, SMC Pneumatics, Topdril, AC Flooring, De Vere Horwood Estate and PJ Care have all opted for the enhanced entry packages and will be joined by over 30 standard crews who have already booked their place on the start line.

Finding the right name for your crew is essential – Lohmann Technologies have plumped for “LOH Mann Left Behind” whilst Forticrete Ltd’s two teams are “Fortiover” and “Fortiunder”. Unsurprisingly “Landmark Whole Sailors” belong to Landmark Wholesale.

The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided by organisers Gable Events and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. No previous experience is needed to take part in the dragon boat racing, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm. Medals and trophies for the top three crews, top mixed crew and the ‘best dressed’ crew are up for grabs. The top fundraising crew will also receive a fabulous £350 voucher towards a delicious celebratory meal at Zen Garden Oriental Buffet restaurant in Milton Keynes – a great incentive.

As well as the dragon boat racing, crews and their families will be able to enjoy a whole variety of bankside entertainment including a funfair, inflatables, food stalls – and even a special flypast by a Dakota aircraft, one of the most iconic aircraft from military history.

Check our last years festival;

For further information and an entry form visit: or call Gable Events on 01780 470 718. For information about Age UK Milton Keynes visit or call 01908 550700