Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival is coming to Willen Lake for the 20th year and entries are now open!

    Entries are officially open for the annual MK Dragon Boat Festival which returns to Willen Lake on Saturday 22nd July 2023 and, festival organisers NewWave Events, are expecting up to 48 teams to sign up and beat the 2022 fundraising amount which came to £37,500!

    The Dragon Boat Festival supported this year by Business MK, Pulse Magazine, MKFM and MK Charities attracts 48 companies annually and for the second time companies can raise money for a charity of their choice. Let’s make a difference together!

    There is a great incentive for teams to raise as much sponsorship as possible as the top fundraisers will win a charity trophy and the sponsorship raised by the participating teams is expected to make a significant contribution to the charities in and around Milton Keynes.

    Alicja Mierzejewska, Executive Director at NewWave Events, said: “We are thrilled to announce that the event will run again in 2023! The event raised an amazing amount for charities in 2022 and we are hoping to beat this amount in 2023! We are super excited to see all the amazing companies that enter year on year and we are also looking forward to seeing some new ones! Our dragons are ready and waiting, so see you all in 2023 for a great day of fundraising and teambuilding!”

    Lucy Morton, Executive Director at NewWave Events said: “The Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival has such an amazing community feel each year and it’s great to be able to bring people together this way for the benefit of so many fantastic local charities. Bring on July 2023! ”

    As in 2022 the festival will be using smaller 30’ (up to 11 person) dragon boats to make it easier for companies and organisations of all sizes to enter teams! With entries now open, companies, clubs and organisations from across the region are getting their teams together to take part. They represent a complete mix of new and returning crews but all with the same aim in mind - to enjoy a fabulous day out with colleagues and friends and make a difference in their community. Enhanced Gold and Silver entry packages are available which include marketing benefits such as the company’s logo on each side of a dragon boat as well as a significant donation to the charity of their choice.

    To take part in the dragon boat racing and help raise money for your charity, no previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm! The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races.

    For further information and an entry form visit: or email

    If you wish to find out more about charities you can help, visit

    Check out the photo gallery from the MK Dragon Boat Festival in September 2022 below.

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