Here Come the Dragons!

Gong Hey Fat Choy! Here Come the Dragons!

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) has joined with Gable Events to launch the 15th Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival!

The 2019 Festival takes place on Saturday 7th September on the River Cam at Fen Ditton and is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated team events in the region. Over 40 crews representing companies and organisations from all over Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course. They will all be seeking to knock CMR Surgical off their pedestal as reigning champions whilst also raising vital funds for Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals.

Dragon boat racing has an ancient Chinese history dating back 2,000 years and according to the Chinese calendar, 2019 is the year of the Pig. People born in this year are believed to be energetic, enthusiastic and blessed with good fortune – all important qualities for achieving dragon boat success this September and making a splash for Addenbrooke’s!

The Festival’s official charity is Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) which is the only charity dedicated to making a difference for patients at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals. Whether its treatment for an emergency, acute condition, pregnancy or long term illness, ACT believes that every patient deserves the highest quality of care available. By entering a dragon boat crew and raising money for ACT, the teams will be helping to raise much needed funds for cutting each technology, additional specialist services, vital research and extra comforts for patients that make all the difference over and above what would be possible through NHS funding alone.

Carol Lester, Director of Festival organisers, Gable Events, comments: “This action-filled event is an unmissable opportunity for team-building, whether you’re welcoming new employees or thanking your team and key clients. Taking part will give your company a unique opportunity to challenge your peers on the water and build relationships whilst supporting a great charity. We expect places to be in high demand so recommend teams get their entries in early.”

No previous experience is required to take part, just plenty of team spirit so why not take up the challenge? The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. The Festival offers a full day of fun on land as well as water with activities on the bankside to entertain teams and spectators.

The team raising the most money for ACT will be awarded the charity trophy and receive the special prize of a Cambridge Escape Rooms experience.

For further information and to book your place on the start line please visit

www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/cambridge or call Gable Events on 01780 470718.

To find out more about the vital work of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust please call Emily Willdigg, Events Lead on 01223 217757 or visit www.act4addenbrookes.org.uk

Here come the Dragons!

Gong Hey Fat Choy! Here come the Dragons!

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People has joined with Gable Events to launch the 11th Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge!

The 2019 Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on Sunday 4th August as part of the annual Riverside Festival and is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated team events in the region. Up to 50 crews from all over the East Midlands are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course.

Dragon boat racing has an ancient Chinese history dating back 2,000 years and according to the Chinese calendar, 2019 is the year of the Pig. People born in this year are believed to be energetic, enthusiastic and blessed with good fortune – all important qualities for achieving dragon boat success in August!

No previous experience is required to take part, just plenty of team spirit. The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races.

Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of one of the region’s largest family festivals with a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world, staged by Nottingham City Council.

The Challenge’s official charity, Rainbows, is the only hospice providing vital care and support to babies, children and young adults with life-limiting illnesses across the East Midlands. By taking part in the Dragon Boat Challenge to raise money for Rainbows, you and your crew will have the chance to make a difference to over 400 children and their families.

Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, said, “The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 50 companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is the generosity of the crews who take part. It is only through your support at events like this that we are able to help and care for those families who need it most.”

The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the charity trophy plus the special prize of a premiere escape room experience at Escapologic.

For more information and to book your place on the start line please call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham

For information about the services of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Tom Stanyard on 01509 283919 or visit www.rainbows.co.uk

Entries are open!

Entries open for the East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival this August!

Entries are officially open for the 2019 East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival which returns to Oulton Broad in Lowestoft on Saturday 31st August sponsored by Warner Leisure Hotels.

Specialising in UK short activity breaks for grown-ups, Warner Leisure Hotels offers holidays for adults in 14 country and coastal properties around the UK. Included in their portfolio of hotels are Gunton Hall and Corton Coastal Villages, both in Lowestoft, who have been keen supporters of the Festival for many years.

The 2019 Festival will be the fifth year running that Gunton Hall has entered a team and the fourth year for Corton Coastal Village. The rivalry between the two holiday parks on the water continues to grow and this year two other Warner resorts, Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire and Bodelwyddan Castle in Wales have come on board to race against them!

As last year the Festival will be an open charity event with entrants invited to raise money for the charity of their choosing. Teams opting for the popular gold and silver entry packages, which include a charity donation as well as marketing benefits, can also nominate their favourite charity to benefit from their donation.

The four Warner Leisure resort teams will be focusing on raising as much money as they can for their partner charity Macmillan Cancer Support. In 2018 Macmillan Cancer Support was not the only great cause to benefit from the Festival as QEH King’s Lynn Breast Care Unit, RNLI Lowestoft Lifeboat, Caister Lifeboat, Nelson’s Journey, EACH, the Big C and Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals were amongst several charities that received sizeable donations from the teams to help with their valuable work.

Carol Lester, Director of Festival organisers, Gable Events, comments, “Entering a team is a great opportunity to try something completely different, bond with colleagues, entertain clients and raise much-needed funds for a favourite charity. We are very grateful to Warner Leisure Hotels for their continued support and guarantee a fun-packed day for all the teams and their supporters”.

To take part in the dragon boat racing, no previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm! The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. There will also be a variety of bankside entertainment to enjoy such as funfair rides, children’s activities and food stalls.

For further information and an entry form, visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/eastanglia  or call Festival organisers Gable Events on 01780 470718.

For information about Warner Leisure Hotels, visit www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk or call 01442 863245.

Entries are open!

Make a splash and enter the 2019 Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival

Paddles at the ready – entries are officially open for the 2019 Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival, which will take place at Peterborough Rowing Club on Saturday 8th June.

Organisers Gable Events are hoping to top last year’s record-breaking festival, which saw 48 teams take part and raise more than £35,000 for charity Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.

In what will be the 21st festival, teams of up to 11 people will take to the water to battle it out in 30 foot dragon boats. Each boat will have its own drummer at the front beating out time. As well as the races, which are expected to be watched by several thousand spectators, there will be plenty of bankside entertainment and stalls for all the family.

The festival will once again raise funds for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, which is the only specialist palliative care inpatient unit in Peterborough. The hospice provides expert care and support for people living with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families.

Thorpe Hall Hospice has to fundraise £2.4 million in 2019 to continue providing its vital support to people across the region, which makes events like the Dragon Boat Festival even more important.

There is a great incentive for teams to raise as much sponsorship as possible – the top fundraisers will win the prize of a group experience day at Orton Hall Hotel and Spa to include Buck’s Fizz on arrival, morning use of Imagine Spa’s facilities, lunch and an afternoon with locally based CJ’s Birds of Prey.

Thorpe Hall Hospice’s Community Fundraiser, Nilesh Patel, said: “We are thrilled to once again be the charity partner for the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to last year’s record-breaking event and we are so excited to see what 2019 will bring. We would love to top last year’s fundraising figure. The festival is the perfect opportunity for friends, families, businesses and groups to come together as a team and do something completely different. You don’t need previous experience – just plenty of enthusiasm, energy and fighting spirit! All funds raised will ensure that we can carry on providing specialist care and being there when it matters for local families.”

The Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival is supported by ESP magazine and Connect FM and sponsored by IKEA. Hannah Buckley, HR Generalist at IKEA, said: “IKEA Peterborough is very proud to sponsor and take part in the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival 2019 in aid of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. We enjoyed taking part in last year’s event and working alongside the charity to fundraise for such a worthwhile cause. I am sure that this year’s event will surpass last year’s, and that is a credit to all those involved that put such hard work into ensuring this success. Here at IKEA, we are proud to support our local communities and charities, we believe in people and truly live our vision to create a better everyday life for the many people. We look forward to seeing you all there.”

There are spaces for up to 48 crews to battle it out over the 200 metre course. Enhanced Gold and Silver entry packages are available, which include marketing benefits such as the company’s logo on each side of a dragon boat as well as a significant donation to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.  Each team will race a minimum of three times, the dragon boats and all equipment are provided and no previous experience is needed. There will also be a host of bankside activities to entertain teams and spectators alike.

Take a look at our promotional video:

For more information and an entry form call Festival organisers Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/peterborough

For information about the vital work of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, visit www.sueryder.org/thorpehall or email thorpe.fundraising@sueryder.org

The Dragons are Coming!

Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival in aid of MacIntyre is back for 2019

Entries are officially open for the annual Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival which returns to Willen Lake on Sunday 23rd June and, organisers Gable Events, are expecting an even higher turnout this time around.

The Dragon Boat Festival, supported by Business MK and MKFM, attracts more than 50 companies annually and for the second year the teams will be raising funds for MacIntyre, a national charity based in Milton Keynes that supports over 1,200 children, young people and adults who have a learning disability or autism.

There is a great incentive for teams to raise as much sponsorship as possible as the top fundraisers will win a charity trophy and a special prize meal, sponsored by Merinvest, at Melis Restaurant. The sponsorship raised by the participating teams is expected to make a significant contribution to the funds MacIntyre needs for its vital work.

Head of Fundraising, Claire Kennedy comments, “MacIntyre is delighted to again be the official charity for the 2019 Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival. Last year’s event was amazing and we’re really looking forward to doing it all again! Every penny raised at this event will be used to benefit people in the Milton Keynes area. The funds raised will support our sports projects which aim to make sport equally accessible for people with a learning disability and other complex needs who want to participate.”

With entries now open, companies, clubs and organisations from across the region are getting their teams together to take part. They represent a complete mix of new and returning crews but all with the same aim in mind – to enjoy a fabulous day out with colleagues and friends and make a difference in their community. Enhanced Gold and Silver entry packages are available which include marketing benefits such as the company’s logo on each side of a dragon boat as well as a significant donation to MacIntyre.

To take part in the dragon boat racing and help raise money for MacIntyre, no previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm! The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. There will also be a variety of bankside entertainment to enjoy such as funfair rides, children’s activities and food stalls.

Check out our promotional video:

For further information and an entry form visit: www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/miltonkeynes  or call Gable
Events on 01780 470718.
For information about MacIntyre, visit www.macintyrecharity.org or call 01908 230100