Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge launches for Chinese New Year

Chinese Dragon Boats Racing in Nottingham

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People has joined with Gable Events to launch the 12th Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge!

The 2020 Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on Sunday 2nd 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 40 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, 2020 is the Year of the Rat. People born in this year are believed to be energetic, outgoing, enthusiastic and high achievers – all important qualities for 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.

Emily Wright, 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:

For information about the services of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Emily Wright on 01509 638033 or visit: