Nicholas Everitt Park in Lowestoft hosts the 12th spectacular East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday 11th August when over 250 people will take to the water, watched by several thousand spectators. Crews will race the thirty foot brightly painted Chinese boats with ornately carved dragon’s heads and decorated tails three at a time over a 200m course on Oulton Broad.
The 18 teams represent a range of companies and organisations from across East Anglia with a number of different charities set to benefit from the funds raised. All will be seeking to knock the team from Aquaterra Energy off their pedestal as reigning champions and trophies and medals will be presented to the top three crews, the best placed mixed crew and the ‘best dressed’ crew.
The Festival, organized by Gable Events, promises a fantastic day for competitors and spectators alike. Racing takes place every 10-15 minutes from 11am until 3.30pm with an hour’s break for lunch at 1pm. There will be funfair rides and plenty of food and drink for all the family on the bankside. Entry is free to spectators and there is ample ‘pay and display’ parking available in Nicholas Everitt Park.
This year’s Festival is sponsored by Warner Leisure Hotels and Ian Gyte, Operations Director, comments, “We are proud to be sponsoring the 12th East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival. The Warner team are excited about representing our two East Anglia hotels Gunton Hall and Corton Coastal Village, whilst raising vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, the friendly competitiveness has already kicked in!
Our guests are brilliant and are always keen on supporting and getting involved in fundraising challenges and we can’t wait to join all the other teams on the start line on 11th August!”
For further information, visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/eastanglia or call Festival organisers Gable Events on 01780 470 718. For information about Warner Leisure Hotels, visit www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk or call 01442 863245.
Mixed age CLASSES
Peewee 5-11, Junior 12-16, Adult 17-39
& ‘Old Tigers’ 40+:
on Monday and Thursday evenings
7 to 8.30pm