No experience necessary just plenty of team spirit.

About The Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon boat racing is the fastest growing water activity in Britain today – as well as the most fun! Up to 10 people paddle each 30’ boat with a drummer at the front beating time and our helm at the tail steering a straight course. No previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit! 

The 16th Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival takes place on Saturday 10th September 2022 on the River Cam at Fen Ditton and more than 40 teams are expected to compete over the 200m race course, watched by several hundred spectators. The Ditton Meadows location offers a superb venue and, as well as the exciting races, a range of bankside entertainment, food stalls and fun activities guarantee a fabulous day out for all the family! Read more about entry levels below.

The Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival is mainly aimed at corporate groups who are looking for a great team building day out whilst supporting and raising money for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. Upon entering, you can choose to upgrade your entry package to include a donation to Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust or you can simply raise funds in your own way! Read more about the charity and how you can help below.

You may have noticed a few changes here… Gable Events (the previous festival organisers) have now closed as the owners have retired. NewWave Events was created in June 2020 by two of Gable Events’ senior Event Managers with the full support of the owners of Gable Events. We have purchased their equipment and are taking on many of their annual events like this one. We cannot wait to deliver this amazing event again and we hope to see you all there!! Let’s make this year the one to remember and raise as much money as we can for the local charity. Want to find out more about NewWave Events? Visit https://newwave-events.co.uk/ or simply give us a call on 01536 674 748, we would love to introduce ourselves!

ENTRIES ARE NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN for Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival 2022!

So, are you interested in entering a team? You are in the right place - It’s quick and simple! All you need to do is read the entry levels below, choose the package which suits your team best, click on the ‘enter now’ button and fill in your details on our online entry form.

Alternatively, you can download our PDF Entry Form fill in your details and send it to us by post at 8 Thornton Avenue, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, NN156QN or scan the entry form and send to dragonboatevents@newwave-events.co.uk.

Once we receive your entry we will send you an email with a payment link for card payment (2% transaction charge), an invoice for a bank transfer or you can send us a cheque for the right amount (Please specify how you are going to pay on the entry form). You can also pay by card directly via the online entry form. Once the payment is received, we will send you an acknowledgement email with a confirmation of entry and further information on the event*. If you are the assigned Crew Manager, we will be contacting you with any new information related to the event.

*Please note that your entry is not confirmed until you've received an acknowledgment email.

Entry Levels

Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. No refunds will be given once an entry has been accepted and there can be no refund if the Festival or racing has to be cancelled due to conditions outside the control of NewWave Events.  For COVID-19 related cancellations please have a look at the last menu tab.

Standard entry - £700 + vat (£840)

  • Dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment
  • At least 3 races per crew
  • Music and entertainment
  • Trophies for the top three crews, the best-placed mixed crew (minimum 5 ladies), the crew raising the most money for Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust, and the ‘best dressed’ crew
  • Medals for the top three crews
  • Special prize of a Punting Tour along the River Cam courtesy of Let's Go Punting for the crew raising the most money for ACT
  • All full-resolution photographs from the day available digitally

Silver Entry - £1,260 + vat plus £500 donation to Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust (2,012)

  • Standard entry plus £500 donation to Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust, company logo on each side of one dragon boat, acknowledgment on the Festival website, online souvenir programme and commentary

Gold Entry - £1,720 + vat plus £750 donation to Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust (£2,814)

  • Silver entry plus an additional £250 donation to Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust (£750 total), crew gazebo with chairs and full-page advert in our online souvenir programme

Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

Help our hospital

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) is the dedicated charity supporting Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals. Thanks to the immensely generous support of our donors, Addenbrooke's and the Rosie hospitals can provide a level of patient care beyond that which can be delivered by NHS funding alone and make projects happen sooner or to a greater degree than might have otherwise been possible. Charitable donations fund high-tech equipment, specialist staff, extra comforts and vital research to find potential cures and help save lives locally, nationally and worldwide. 

Every year, on average 1 million people visit the hospitals, with 18,000+ transport movements on and off the campus, daily. Addenbrooke’s has been treating and caring for patients, every day, since its foundations were laid in 1766. We want to help make this excellent institution even better, but we need your support.

Our mission to make things even better needs your support to keep innovation, advances in technology and excellence flowing through Addenbrooke’s’ veins.

To get involved please visit www.helpyourhospital.co.uk

Tel: 01223 217 757

E-mail: events@act4addenbrookes.org.uk

Visit: www.act4addenbrookes.org.uk



Reg charity no: 1170103

All crews are encouraged to raise money for the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival charity Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust using the on-line giving information and/or sponsor forms provided (linked below). All the fees from standard entries go towards the costs of running the event. The charity benefits only from sponsorship money raised, or from gold and silver entries.

Start raising money today!

Cambridge Sponsor Form 2022

Top fundraisers' prize

The team raising the most money for ACT will be awarded the charity trophy and receive the special prize of a Punting Tour along the River Cam for up to 12 people courtesy of Let's Go Punting. Your guide will treat you to a private punting tour of the beautiful College Backs between Magdalene College and Silver Street Bridge.
For more information visit : letsgopunting.co.uk

Event Sponsor

As members of the Cambridge community, Redrow South Midlands are keen to support organisations such as Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust . The services and work they provide to people across Cambridgeshire are vital, We are pleased to be able to help the charity by sponsoring the Dragon Boat Race and hope they are able to raise the vital funds they need” - Mandy Howie, Marketing Manager

Cambridge Edition


Cambridge Independent

Crew Gazebos

Back by popular demand, crew gazebos are again available for hire. If you’ve entered a standard or a silver package you can purchase a 3m x 3m crew gazebo with 12 chairs - £200 + vat

*Gold package includes a gazebo in the cost*

Each high quality unit measures 3m x 3m and comes complete with 12 chairs (more are available on request).

The gazebos will be situated in a good position on Ditton Meadows overlooking the racecourse and will provide an ideal base for your crew as well as shelter in case of inclement weather (or from the hot sun!)

The gazebos will be delivered and erected for you before the event and taken away at the end and all come with your company name board attached. We have managed to negotiate an excellent rate with our supplier and are providing them at cost plus a small administration fee.

Gazebos will be allocated on a first come, first served basis (max one gazebo per team entry) on receipt of the completed booking form below together with appropriate payment.

Please note that crews may bring their own gazebos but space will only be allocated after the paid gazebos by the start.

Booking Form

To purchase a gazebo if you haven't already included it in your online booking form you can fill in the Crew Gazebo Form , fill in your details and send it to us by post at 8 Thornton Avenue, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, NN156QN or scan the document and send to dragonboatevents@newwave-events.co.uk.

Express Coffee Cars

Pink Pizza

Verrecchia Ice Cream

Grasmere Farm 

RD Catering

La Crêpe Franglaise 


More information coming soon.


Between races there is plenty to see and do (and eat!) on the bank. You can find out more about the work of Addenbrookes Charitable Trust and meet with our event sponsors.

The Race Schedule is usually created 2 weeks prior to the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival and will be accessible to view on here once finalised.

Up to date PDF document of teams that have entered will be uploaded weekly when the entries open so you can track and see who you will be racing against.

View PDF Crew List

Crew List as of 26th April 2022

We are introducing a new online version of the souvenir programme for 2022!! There will be a limited number of printed Souvenir Programmes to help the environment and encourage sustainability. We’ve also introduced a LIVE RESULTS page for up-to-date race results on the day. The QR code will be given out on the day so it’s easily accessible by crews and spectators.

Advertise in the souvenir programme and promote your company’s services or products at Cambridge’s most spectacular corporate team event. With one click of a button your advert can be seen by thousands of participants and spectators!

  • Expected event audience over 2,000 including more
    than 600 from Cambridge area businesses
  • A5, full colour printed and online portrait publication
  • Distributed free to all competitors, spectators,
    media and VIP's
  • 10% of advertising revenue goes to ACT

Sizes and costs width x height

  • Full page 148.5 x 210mm = £250 + vat
  • Half page 148.5 x 105mm = £150 + vat
  • Quarter page 74.25 x 105mm = £100 + vat
  • For inside covers add 20% and back cover add 25%

File formats

  • Ideally we require a high resolution PDF file with image resolution 300dpi for photos or drawings with scaling no more than 120%
  • Fonts should be embedded into the pdf or set to outline in your application
  • Safe area - any text or important items should be 3-5mm inside the edge of your document

Booking Form

If you haven't already included it in your online booking form you can download PDF Souvenir Programme Advert Form fill in your details and send it to us by post at 8 Thornton Avenue, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, NN156QN or scan both documents and send to dragonboatevents@newwave-events.co.uk.

*Gold entry package includes a full-page advert in our souvenir programme*

Please note that there is no water supply at the venue. Please bring your own. 
Crews comprise of up to 10 paddlers plus a drummer – squads may be larger (max 15 persons). Crews can be mixed, all female or all male and organisations may enter more than one crew. The minimum age is 16 and no previous experience is required. All crew members must be confident in cold water conditions, wearing light clothing and in moving water and compete entirely at their own risk. BDA qualified helms, buoyancy aids and water safety cover are provided by the organisers. All crews accepted for entry must abide with the competition rules and entry details on this website. Each crew is guaranteed a minimum of 3 races (subject to conditions).

The Crew Manager will receive a full Crew Managers Information Pack a month prior to the event.

Please note that there is no water supply at the venue. Please bring your own. 

Photos from the day will be available to view and download for free in full-resolution after the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival. Link to follow...

Please share them on your social media and tag NewWave Events and festival partners 🙂 


*Please note, participants and spectators must acknowledge the fact this event is in the public arena and therefore by entering the venue, this may result in the recording of his/her image.

Our photographer for The Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival 2022 is the award winning Magdalena Sienicka. 

VENUE ADDRESS – Ditton Meadows, Fen Ditton, CB5 8ST

FREE PARKING – At the venue and village recreation ground

DIRECTIONS -  The venue is easily accessed from both the A14 and central
Cambridge. Entering Fen Ditton via the B1047, you will need to turn down Fen Ditton High Street. At the end, follow the track to the dragon boat site. Signs will give directions on the day.

In the case that we, NewWave Events, have to cancel the event due to government rulings or restrictions against COVID-19, the below will apply;

If the event is cancelled on or before Thursday 11th August 2022, teams will be eligible for a full refund.

If the event is cancelled on or after Friday 12th August  2022, teams will be eligible for a 25% refund of their entry fee.

Please note, the above refunds would not include any donations made to ACT, they would be from the entry fees alone.

If the event has to be cancelled for any other reason out of the organisers control, or you (the team) have to pull out for any reason, the usual cancellation terms apply.  


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