Nottingham Riverside Festival dragon boat challenge this Sunday

This year’s Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge has sold out with a waiting list and you can watch the 44 teams battling it out in spectacular four boat races on the River Trent on Sunday 6th August, cheered on by thousands of spectators. The teams represent businesses and groups from across the East Midlands, all are seeking to raise vital funds for Challenge charity, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and the racing is one of the highlights of the annual Riverside Festival.

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. Medals and trophies are awarded for the top three crews, top mixed crew and the ‘best dressed’ crew (as fancy as possible!) and there’s a superb incentive to top the fundraising leader board as the crew raising the most money for Rainbows will receive a special prize meal at Forty-Four Bridgford.

There will be a race every 10-15 minutes between 10.30am and 5pm and plenty to entertain you bankside. Stretching a mile along the River Trent, you can enjoy live music across the Monument, Jazz and Folk stages including performances by the best up-and-coming local artists and bands. The little ones will revel in the ‘Children’s Zone’; Art and Crafts; Mini-Big-Top & Fun Fair; ‘Roaming Dinosaurs’; Street Theatre and lots more besides. Plus don’t miss ‘Paddleboard and Duck Races’, food and drink stalls and the Saturday Night Fireworks spectacular.

The Dragon Boat Challenge takes place at Victoria Embankment, NG2 2LW and visitors should follow Riverside Festival AA signage for public parking. Parking is £6 per car, entrance to the Festival is free. The Riverside Festival is organised by Nottingham City Council.

Last year’s Dragon Boat Challenge raised a magnificent total of over £21,000 for Rainbows which provides vital help, care and support for children across the East Midlands with terminal and life-limiting conditions. By taking part and raising money for Rainbows, the teams will be helping families from Nottinghamshire and across the region to make the most of the time they have left together and create memories they can treasure forever.

Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, says, “With more than 40 teams competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is what Rainbows are able to do with the fundraising support we receive from the crews taking part. The hospice only receives a small amount of guaranteed funding, so support at events like this make it possible for us to continue to provide our vital care for those families who need it the most.”

For further information please visit or call Gable Events on 01780 470718. For information about the services of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Tom Stanyard on 01509 283919 or visit

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