Still time to enter a team!

Still time to enter a team into the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday 7th September

With just two months to go until the River Cam reverberates to the sound of beating drums and splashing paddles, there is still time to get your team together and join in the annual Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival. The warmer weather inevitably turns our thoughts to activities on water and what better way to keep cool than with a day of competitive fun racing a dragon boat alongside your colleagues and friends?

The Dragon Boat Festival, which raises funds for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT), is one of the highlights of the year in Cambridgeshire and up to 40 teams will battle it out in spectacular races on Saturday 7th September, cheered on by hundreds of spectators. Businesses and groups across the region are invited to test their mettle against the new and returning crews who have already booked their places on the start line, all whilst raising money for a brilliant cause.

Last year’s Dragon Boat Challenge was won by the ‘Row-Bots’ team from CMR Surgical with ‘Puff’ representing Team Consulting taking the mixed prize and Cambridge Commodities crowned the charity champions. The 2018 Festival raised an incredible £30,000 for official charity ACT which is the only charity dedicated to making a difference for patients at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals.

The 30’ dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided by race organisers, Gable Events, and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races over the 200m course in Fen Ditton. No previous experience is needed to take part, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm.

The Festival, supported by Cambridge Independent, Cambridge Edition and Star Radio promises a fantastic day for competitors and spectators alike with Chinese themed entertainment, children’s rides, inflatable activities and plenty of food and drink for all the family on the bankside. And there’s a superb incentive to top the fundraising leader board as the crew raising the most money for Addenbrooke’s will receive a fabulous group experience at Cambridge Escape Rooms voted the number one rated fun thing to do in Cambridge!

Emily Willdigg, ACT’s Events Lead is looking forward to building on the success of the event last year, “We hope that businesses will support our much-loved hospitals by getting a team together. With the help of many generous supporters, we can provide funds so that our local hospitals can offer the very best care day after day, year after year.”

For further information and to book your place on the start line this September please visit or call Gable Events on 01780 470718. For information about the services of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, call Emily Willdigg on 01223 217757 or visit