Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival is back for 2024! Entries are now open!

Get your paddles ready! The highly anticipated 2024 Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival is back, and we’re inviting teams to join us at Willen Lake on Saturday, July 6th, 2024. Festival organisers, NewWave Events, are expecting up to 48 teams to join in the fun and surpass the remarkable £16,850 fundraising achievement of 2023!


We’re proud to announce that the 2024 Dragon Boat Festival is generously supported by our valued sponsors: Business MK, Pulse Magazine, MKFM, and our new charity partner, Brain Tumour Research. With the support of these partners, we’re determined to make this year’s festival the best one yet.

In 2024, teams will rally together to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research, a medical research charity dedicated to funding research and raising awareness of brain tumours. The top fundraisers will earn a coveted charity trophy and team prize, providing an extra incentive to gather sponsorship.

2024 is the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, adding an extra layer of excitement to this already vibrant dragon boat festival. Join us to celebrate this auspicious year as we come together for a day of fundraising and team building.

Alicja Mierzejewska, Executive Director at NewWave Events, said, “We’re delighted to announce the return of this event in 2024! We can’t wait to welcome back the fantastic companies that join us year after year and eagerly anticipate new additions. Our dragons are primed and ready, so we’ll see you all in 2024 for an exhilarating day of fundraising and team building!”

Lucy Morton, Executive Director at NewWave Events, added, “The Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival embodies an incredible sense of community each year, and it’s wonderful to bring people together in this way for the benefit of numerous outstanding local charities. We are thrilled to partner with a new charity this year, Brain Tumour Research and see the good that this relationship will bring to the event with the aim of raising as many funds for a very important cause. Hopefully 2024 will bring much better weather than the 2023 Festival!”

Just like in 2023, the festival will feature 30-foot dragon boats, accommodating teams of up to 11 participants. This ensures that companies and organisations of all sizes can easily form teams. With entries now open, entities from across the region, including companies, clubs, and organizations, are assembling their teams to partake. These teams represent a diverse mix of newcomers and returning crews, all sharing the common goal of enjoying a fantastic day with colleagues and friends while making a meaningful impact in their community. Each team will participate in a minimum of three races, and all equipment is provided, with no prior experience required. A range of bankside activities will keep teams and spectators entertained.

Enhanced Gold and Silver entry packages are available, offering marketing benefits such as the company’s logo displayed prominently on each side of a dragon boat, as well as a substantial donation to our partner charity Brain Tumour Research.

Matt Howarth, corporate development manager at Brain Tumour Research: “We are delighted to be the charity partner for the 2024 Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival. One in three people knows someone affected by a brain tumour, and the disease kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease since records began in 2002.

“With so many people affected it’s vital we continue our work to raise awareness, to fund research at our Centres of Excellence, and to lobby the Government and the larger charities to invest more. As a Milton Keynes-based charity, we hope lots of teams will get behind our cause and help raise vital funds so that we can improve treatment options for patients and, ultimately, find a cure.”

For additional details and to access an entry form, visit:  or contact Learn more about the essential work of Brain Tumour Research by visiting Let’s make a splash in 2024 and make a positive difference together!

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Dragon Boat Racing – An Exciting Team Building Activity

Dragon boat racing is not merely a sport; it’s a team-building exercise that promotes values of resilience, perseverance, and teamwork. This water activity is a fantastic solution for corporate events, providing a unique and fun way to enhance communication, productivity, and relationships among colleagues. In this article, we’ll explore how dragon boat racing can be a game-changer for your team building efforts, with a special focus on NewWave’s private corporate dragon boat events and charity dragon boat festivals.

The Elements of Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon boat racing is a water sport that involves teams of paddlers working together to navigate a boat through a race course. The sport requires a high level of teamwork and communication, making it an excellent team-building activity. The fastest teams are those that can synchronise their paddling and work together most effectively.

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The Power of Teamwork in Dragon Boat Racing

In dragon boat racing, teamwork is not just important; it’s essential. The sport requires all paddlers to work in unison, promoting a level of communication and coordination that can be transferred to the corporate world. This activity takes participants out of their comfort zones and encourages them to rely on their teammates, fostering a sense of camaraderie and mutual trust.

NewWave’s Corporate Dragon Boat Events

NewWave, a leading name in the realm of team-building activities, offers an unconventional yet thrilling experience with their corporate dragon boat events. These events are not just about racing in a dragon boat; they are about fostering a sense of unity, enhancing communication, and building stronger bonds within a team. 

Charity Dragon Boat Festivals

In addition to their corporate events, NewWave also organises charity dragon boat festivals. These events align participants with organisational goals and values, while also providing an opportunity for companies to give back to the community. The festivals are not only a fun day out for employees but also a chance to build strong, supportive relationships between co-workers and the wider community.

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Dragon Boat Racing: A Fun Day for the Company

Dragon boat racing is not just a team-building activity; it’s also a great way to have a company fun day. The sport is exciting and engaging, and the friendly competition can boost team motivation and retention levels. Plus, the physical activity and outdoor setting can renew energy and enthusiasm among employees.

In conclusion, dragon boat racing is an amazing tool for team building. Whether you’re looking to improve communication within your team, strengthen bonds between colleagues, or simply have a fun day out, dragon boat racing offers a unique and effective solution. With NewWave’s private corporate dragon boat events and charity dragon boat festivals, your team can experience the benefits of this sport firsthand.

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