The 2024 Festival date will be announced soon

When the dragons return to Reading it really will be a great family fun day not to be missed, with the spectacle of the racing on the water alongside many landside attractions from community stalls to landside games and even a bar, there really is something for everyone.

Even if you are not participating in the boat racing it will be a festival not to be missed, a picnic and walk by the riverside, surrounded by a great family atmosphere and lots to see and do.

Where is the event?

Wokingham Waterside Centre
Thames Valley Park Drive
Thames Valley Park
Berkshire RG6 1PQ
(at the end of the A3290)

Event information

Team registration will open at 09:00 and close at 10:00, the first teams will be called up over the PA system for their safety and technical briefing, with the first race to start at around 10:20.  Racing in the qualifying heats will then go on until around 16:30, after which the announcements for the teams competing in the Grand Final will be made.  The Grand Final is expected to take place around 16:45 with the exact time dependent on final team numbers.

Extra training and technical advice will be provided by your helm each time you go out for a race, to try and give you the cutting edge.  Our helms are just as competitive as you will be and will try everything to help you win each race.

Have you got what it takes to “Race the Dragon” and be crowned champions of the Reading Dragon Boat Festival 2023?


What does it cost?

Early Bird – Team entry costs just £395.00 inc vat (£100.00 deposit secures your boat). That’s less than £23.25 per person for a full team of 17!

What does the cost cover?

  • Team entry for the day (with qualified instructors)
  • A minimum of 3 qualifying races, with the opportunity to go through to the Grand Final
  • Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places
  • ‘Challenge Races’ – we can place you against friends, colleagues or business competitors in your own race – just challenge them to take a boat also.
  • All safety briefings and equipment
  • FREE parking
  • Lots happening landside (keep an eye out for announcements)
  • FREE Entry for participants and guests – bring the family and make a day of it

Who can enter?

Companies – an ideal team building and local PR experience for your company

Charities, Sports Teams and other Groups – Why not use the event to raise funds for your good causes?

Friends and Family – Well, you get the idea…. Just for fun or again raise some money for a good cause.

Anyone over 16 yrs to make up 16 paddlers plus one on the drum.

What do I do next?!

Once we have your entry fee (or deposit of £100) you are in and we will forward you more details in the build up about the day itself.

Race the Dragon will organise the day, you just need to turn up and have fun.

For more information please get in touch.

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Are you ready to “Race The Dragon” on the River Thames?

And for as little as £25.00 each for a whole day's fun!