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NE1 Presents… the Newcastle’s Dragon Boat Race 2024!

Head down to the Quayside for an exhilarating day of camaraderie and charity at the Newcastle's Dragon Boat Race on the 28th September, brought to you by NE1!

This annual event is not only a thrilling competition but also a heartfelt initiative to raise funds for the Newcastle Hospitals Charity while uniting our community in a day of fun and excitement.

Event Highlights

  • Teams of daring individuals will paddle down the picturesque River Tyne in dragon-themed boats, all vying for the coveted first place.
  • Alongside the thrilling race, a plethora of exciting activities awaits those who prefer to stay dry on land, with entertainment galore along the Quayside.


Where is the race?
The race unfolds along the stunning stretch of the River Tyne, nestled between the iconic Tyne Bridge and Millennium Bridge. The starting point is the Newcastle City Marina, in front of the Law Courts.

What is a Dragon Boat?
A dragon boat is a long, narrow watercraft with a rich history and cultural significance. In the context of our event, it's not just a boat; it's a symbol of unity and determination. These dragon-themed boats are the vessels of choice for our teams, as they race down the River Tyne in a spirited competition to support the Newcastle Hospitals Charity.

Can Spectators watch for free?
You don't need a ticket to enjoy the action from the shore. We invite you to attend and bring along friends and family. In addition to the boat race, there will be plenty of on-land entertainment and activities throughout the event.

What size are the boat teams?
Each boat can accommodate between 11 and 16 rowers, along with a crucial drummer who sets the rhythm that unifies the team's strokes.

Can Solo Participants and Small Groups join in?
Whether you're a solo fundraiser or part of a small group, you can join the excitement for £45 per head. We'll ensure that teams are expertly crafted to balance the mix of participants.

Can we book Multiple Boats?
Feel the thrill of healthy competition among colleagues by booking more than one boat. There's no limit to how many boats you can reserve, and you can even turn it into a friendly challenge to see who can raise the most for charity.

How do I secure a boat?
It's simple! Register your interest via the form below, and our team will guide you through the process.

What is the Newcastle Hospitals Charity?
This year's Newcastle Dragon Boat Race aims to raise funds for Newcastle Hospitals Charity, supporting pioneering healthcare, clinical research, health inequality initiatives, and arts programs to improve hospital environments. By backing this charity, we contribute to a healthier future for patients, staff, and communities.

How much does it Cost to enter?
Explore the range of packages below and choose the one that suits you best to enhance your Dragon Boat Race experience:

  • Bronze - £650
    • Basic boat package (16 rowers and 1 drummer)
  • Silver - £850
    • Basic boat package (16 rowers and 1 drummer)
    • Food and drink voucher for each participant
  • Gold - £1015
    • Basic boat package (16 rowers and 1 drummer)
    • Food and drink voucher for each participant
    • Videography coverage, including interviews

Register Now!
Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to make a difference and have a blast while doing it. Register your interest to participate in the race here.
Join in and make some waves!

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