Corporate Dragon Boat Racing at Draycote Water, West Midlands

Venue and Facilities

Draycote Water is a 650 acre reservoir and country park set in rolling Warwickshire countryside near the village of Dunchurch, 3.75 miles south of Rugby. The reservoir is owned and operated by Severn Trent Water and is home to Draycote Water Sailing Club. It’s a popular spot for a variety of leisure pursuits and a fantastic venue for a corporate dragon boat racing event in the West Midlands.

The large clubhouse facilities include a lounge/bar, catered wet-bar, changing rooms and a choice of three flexible meeting rooms fully equipped with AV and accommodating up to 80 people. The venue is ideal for meetings, small conferences and corporate team building events in a relaxed informal setting and the patio offers stunning panoramic views of the reservoir. There is ample free parking and lunch/bbq menu options to cater for all requirements.

Getting There

Draycote Water has good access to the M1, M6, M45 and M40 motorways. The venue is situated just five miles from Rugby and is close to both Coventry and Northampton making it a very desirable venue for corporate dragon boat racing events in the West Midlands. For larger groups wishing to combine a conference and overnight stay with a dragon boat racing event at Draycote Water, Dunchurch Park Hotel is a short drive away.


Gable Events ran the UUKMA Snake Boat Challenge at Draycote Water. UUKMA is an umbrella organisation for 107 UK Malayalee Associations and was set up to cater to the needs of the Keralite community in the UK. Our dragon boats were adapted with special snake boat heads and tails for the occasion and the event was a vibrant exhibition of colour and culture. Working closely with Draycote Water and Severn Trent Water, the event attracted UUKMA community teams from across the country together with thousands of spectators and dignitaries flown in from India. Alongside the dragon boat racing, several caterers served up traditional Indian dishes, a large stage was constructed for cultural entertainment and prize giving and there was even a life size replica of an elephant!