Paddles at the ready for the Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival!

    The 17th Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival will take place this Saturday 23rd June at Willen Lake, MK15 ODS, with the first race commencing at 10.30am.

    There will be three rounds of heats giving all 45 dragon boat teams a chance to compete for the semi-finals and then it’s down to the final at approx 4.25pm to battle for the title of the Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival Champions 2018.

    Following shortly after, the winners will be crowned with a presentation of trophies, medals and bouquets of flowers, courtesy of Ruth’s Floral Design Studio. There are also three other prizes up for grabs; for the best dressed team, the best-placed mixed crew and the team raising the most money for MacIntyre, the Festival’s new charity partner. The team that fundraise the most will receive a special prize meal for all the crew at Melis, an award-winning Turkish restaurant situated near the Central Hub in Milton Keynes. The festival is also proudly supported by Business MK and MKFM.

    In addition to the spectacular dragon boat races which will take place every 10 minutes throughout the day, there will be a variety of activities for all to get involved in including a fun fair, a performance from the Taioist Tai Chi Group, a wheelbarrow full of raffle prizes and a flypast from a Battle of Britain Dakota at approx 2.05pm (subject to any weather or operational restrictions). 

    As a special attraction, we will have on view and then being cut and sold in aid of MacIntyre, a life size dragon cake made by Rosie Dummer which is also being filmed for the popular Channel 4 series ‘Extreme Cake Makers’.

    Head of Fundraising Claire Kennedy says, “MacIntyre is proud to be the official charity for the 2018 Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival. It has been great to meet so many of the teams over the past few months and we are excited to find out who the winners will be this year, thank you for supporting MacIntyre with your fundraising. Every penny raised at this event will be used to benefit people in the Milton Keynes area”.

    The Festival is free to spectators and ample ‘pay & display’ parking is available at Willen Lake, V10 Brickhill Street, Milton Keynes, MK15 0DS.

    For further information, please visit: or call Gable Events on 01780 470 718. For information about MacIntyre, visit or call 01908 230100

    We look forward to seeing you there!

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