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COVID-19 & The Marlow Dragon Boat Festival.
Unfortunately the decision has been made to cancel this years Town Regatta & Festival – this means that the Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday 14th June 2020 will not be happening. It will take place on Sunday 13th June 2021. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021 to this historical event.   

Marlow Dragon Boat Festival  Sunday 13th June 2021

Celebrating 21 years of The Marlow Town Regatta & Festival

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The Marlow Dragon Boat Festival forms part of the The Marlow Town Regatta and Festival which is now in its 21st year having started in 2001.

On the Saturday the main highlight is the youth rowing programme, with trade and food stalls and musical entertainment also taking place. 

On the Sunday the dragon boating takes centre stage. 

We are looking to recruit Dragon Boat teams to participate in this fun and exciting event which brings Marlow alive.

Teams can be made up of work colleagues or family and friends, in fact any combination of people you would like to bring together for the day! 

The event is a great day out for everybody involved, whether they are taking part or spectating.

If you can’t get a full team together, or just want to enter by yourself, then let us know and we will try to put you in a team if we have enough interest. Email us and we will add you to the list, and will be in touch.


Teams can select 10 paddlers and 1 drummer for each race from a maximum of 15 per team (minimum of 6 paddlers and 1 drummer allowed).  The helm will be provided by Team Activity Group.

Open Team – any ratio of male and/or female paddlers

Ladies Team – only female paddlers and drummer

Junior Team – any ratio of male and/or female paddlers

In an Open and Ladies team the minimum age is 8 years; in a junior team it is 12 years.  For participants under the age of 18 years a responsible adult will be required to countersign the declaration form on their behalf following the safety briefing.

Racing Format 

We are inviting both novice and experienced teams to race in this year’s competition, teams will all race together in the heats before separating out into their own finals.  Every team can expect to take part in a minimum of three races, the fastest teams going through to the finals.  The race programme will be available on the day.

Previous Experience

Each team will be given a full briefing on the day detailing how to paddle and control a dragon boat – so previous experience is not necessary!

Training Sessions

2021 Date to be confirmed.

These will take place on the same course as the regatta, please come ready to take to the water.  Sessions will last 1 hour and include a compulsory safety briefing for all team members before taking to the water.  The session will be tailored according to the experience of the team.

Address – Higginson Park, Pound Lane, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2AE.

Each session is one hour long & will be tailored to your team. Sessions are designed for both novice & experienced teams to familiarise themselves with a dragon boat & hone their skills to make them as efficient & speedy on the water as possible. The session will start with a safety briefing on the land before going onto the water. You will not be allowed on the water if you have not attended this briefing, so please make sure you arrive on time! You must wear a buoyancy aid; this will be provided for you.

We recommend that you bring a complete change of clothes, a towel & a bottle of water. Please wear light clothing such as shorts, jogging trousers, t-shirt, sweatshirt & a pair of old trainers. Your feet will get wet; so don’t wear your most expensive pair!

There are no toilets or changing facilities close to where we are dragon boating (you will need to use the public toilets at the main entrance to the park), so please come ready to take to the water.

Directions from the M4 – Exit the M4 at junction 8/9 & follow the A404 to Marlow / High Wycombe. At the roundabout take the first exit to Bisham Abbey. Continue over Marlow Bridge. At the first of the two mini roundabouts turn left into Pound Lane, the leisure centre for car parking is on the left.

Directions from the M40 – Exit the M40 at junction 4. At the roundabout follow signs for the A404 to Marlow / Bourne End. Come off at the first exit signposted to Marlow / Bourne End (A4155).  At the top of the slip road take the second exit off the roundabout signposted to Marlow & Henley (Little Marlow Rd). Follow this road into Marlow, continue straight across 3 roundabouts. At the next roundabout take the first exit left into Marlow High Street. At the second of the two mini roundabouts turn right into Pound Lane, the leisure centre for car parking is on the left.

Court Garden leisure centre has a pay and display car park, this is free after 7pm, before 7pm there is a 70p charge for 1 hours parking & a £1.20 charge for 2 hours parking.

Please don’t bring any valuables with you, this is a public area & their safety cannot be guaranteed.


You should wear light clothing such as shorts, jogging trousers, t-shirt or sweatshirt and a pair of old trainers.  Your feet will get wet, so don’t wear your most expensive pair!  We recommend that you bring a complete change of clothing and a towel.  No jeans, wellingtons, heavy footwear or ostentatious jewellery.  Fancy dress is welcome and a prize will be presented to the best dressed team on the day.

Registration & Safety Briefings on the Day 

Each team will be allocated a registration time; it is the responsibility of the Team Manager to let their team know their designated arrival time.

On arrival the Team Manager must register at Race Control and collect the teams race pack for the day.  NO other team members are required to register at Race Control but all team members must be on site at their allocated registration time so they are present for their safety briefing before racing commences.

Each team member will be asked to sign a declaration form on completion of the safety briefing.  On signature each team member will be given a green wrist band to wear for the duration of the day, this confirms they have received the briefing and have signed the declaration.  Any late comers will be unable to race as there will not be the opportunity for additional briefings once racing has started!  No green band = no racing! 


Prizes will be awarded to:

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Open Team

1st Place Ladies Team

1st Place Junior Team

Best Dressed & Named Teams (awarded from public nominations on the day)

Car Parking

Car parking is available in the regatta car park; there is a fee applicable (payments can be made in advance online- we will share the link as soon as it is open or on the day).  Please note that vehicles are not allowed inside the enclosure.  Please ensure that you park neatly and follow the directions given to you by the attendants.  Cars are parked at owner’s risk.

Charity Fundraising 

We encourage teams to use the event as a charity fundraising opportunity for a charity of their choice.

If you have any questions please email Lauren- lauren@tag-events.com or phone  07796 836 390.

Entry Fees 2020 – 

£320 – Open & ladies teams

£265 – Junior teams

£39 – Optional team Tent Space

£100 – Optional training session

£12 – Optional table hire

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Saturday at the Regatta 

The Sunday forms just a small part of the weekend, Saturday is a fun filled day of rowing, there are also corporate hospitality options available


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