Friday 5th May to Sunday 7th May will see the return of the award-winning Bradford Dragon Boat Festival.

Entering its third year, the 3-day extravaganza of food, drink, music, entertainment and adrenaline-fuelled dragon boat racing, is the largest event of its kind, with all proceeds going to support fantastic causes.

Be part of it – enter a team in the Corporate Teambuilding Day or get your organisation noticed by taking advantage of the amazing advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

Last year’s one-day event saw over 20,000 visitors attend Roberts Park in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire, as teams battled it out along the 200-metre course on the River Aire. Run by volunteers and free for spectators, the 2016 festival raised over £50,000 for local causes.

This year the sold-out Saturday event is joined by the UK’s first ever Youth Championships on Friday 5th May and the Corporate Teambuilding Day on Sunday 7th May.

Corporate Day – Sunday 7th May

A unique teambuilding experience in a socially responsible setting, the Corporate Day will see up to 45 teams participate from the Bradford District and across the UK.

Entry fee of £2,000 (excluding VAT) includes:

  • £1,000 donation to a charity of your choice
  • Boat hire and race entry for a team of 17 participants
  • Full safety briefing and expert tuition in dragon boat racing – no experience required
  • Additional land-based teambuilding activities
  • Food, drink and landside attractions

Advertising and Sponsorship Packages

  • Advertising opportunities are available for all 3 days of the festival
  • Packages range from as little as £250 to Platinum sponsorship packages worth £37,250
  • £500 digital bundle of 48 x 20 second ads to be shown on the big screens across the 3 days
  • TV, radio, press and social media coverage of the festival, a live feed to the big screen in City Park, Bradford, and the wide-reaching legacy of the event will provide exposure that goes far beyond the thousands in attendance over the weekend

Youth Championships – Friday 5th May

The UK’s first Youth Dragon Boat Regatta is a free event for local schools and youth organisations (participants aged 11-19).

Lord Mayor’s Charity Day – Saturday 6th May

40 teams competing on the water. All proceeds go to YoungMinds – the Lord Mayor’s Charity – helping to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children.

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Written on 31st March 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News