Bewdley Dragon Boat Festival!

 The first Bewdley Rotary Dragon Boat Festival is taking place on Saturday 23rd August 2014 on the river Severn at Bewdley, launching from and hosted by Bewdley Rowing Club when teams taking part will be racing for fun and to raise funds for their favourite charities, both national and local, and we want you to choose US!

The Dragon Boat Festival is open to everyone and lots of teams are expected to battle it out over the 250m race course, watched by a large number of spectators. With plentiful parking close by, great facilities - all day bar and bbq., toilets and changing rooms and ample river frontage for viewing the racing, Bewdley Rowing Club offers a superb venue for the Festival. No previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit!


Crews must comprise of a maximum of 16 paddlers plus a drummer; teams may be up to 20 people so that different people can race throughout the day. Crews can be mixed, all female or all male and organisations may enter more than one crew. The minimum age is 12 and no previous experience of dragon boat racing is required as full training will be given on the day. All crew members must be comfortable in water wearing an approved personal flotation device (buoyancy aid) which will be supplied to all participants who compete entirely at their own risk. Qualified helms, buoyancy aids and water safety cover are provided by the organisers.

To add to the fun, teams, if they wish, can come in fancy dress (Pirates, St. Trinians, Vikings etc.)


Entry Cost

The fees for charities, voluntary groups and companies are as follows.

Charity or Voluntary Group

The entry fee is £495 including a £150 non-refundable deposit. In addition, the team will be required to do some fundraising.
This represents an entry cost per team member of £29, based on 16 plus the drummer.
Great value for a great fun day and if your team is more than 17, maximum 20, as the team entry cost is capped at £495 the entry cost per person could be as low as £24.75.
If you cannot raise a full team, don’t worry, you can still race. Pay your £29 entry fee in advance and we will make up your team with others, on the day.


There are two options:
1. An entry fee of £495 including a £150 non-refundable deposit. In addition, the team will be required to do some fundraising.
2. An entry fee of £995, including a £250 non-refundable deposit, of which £500 is a donation to charities supported by the Rotary Club of Bewdley. Any additional fundraising by the team goes to charities of your choice.


The Bewdley Rotary Dragon Boat Festival will take place on the River Severn from Bewdley Rowing Club premises which are situated 200 metres upstream of the town bridge opposite the town side.
The course will be approx. 250 metres, finishing at the Club's launching steps.

Date & Time

Saturday 23rd August 2014. Racing will start at 10am, with prize giving at around 4pm.

For more information please download the Entry Pack and the Crew Sheet below.