The Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival is coming - are you up for the challenge?

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There is only a few weeks to go until Willen Lake reverberates to the sound of beating drums with the annual Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival, but there is still time to get your team together and join in the fun!

Around half the teams that take part each year are new, and there is still time for you to join them on the start line this year - at the 15th anniversary of the event.

“Our mixed team of women and men will be made up of the staff who work in our Milton Keynes office where we have our largest UK call centre,” said Sharron Thompson from Computacenter, one of the teams taking part in 2016.

“The Dragon Boat Festival is a fantastic opportunity to bring everyone together for a team bonding experience and to provide a day out for the staff and their families. We make this a big event for our guys with a BBQ and fun and games for all”.

The teams who took part in last year’s festival raised more than £22,000 for the official charity Age UK Milton Keynes.

By entering a Silver team, Computacenter will be making a £500 donation directly to the Milton Keynes charity.

The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided by the race organisers and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. No previous experience is needed to take part in the dragon boat racing, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm.

Medals and trophies for the top three crews, top mixed crew and the ‘best dressed’ crew are up for grabs.

The top fundraising crew will also receive a £300 voucher towards a celebratory meal at the Swan at Salford – a great incentive!

As well as the dragon boat racing, crews and their families will be able to enjoy a whole variety of bankside entertainment including a funfair, children’s activities, giant inflatables, food stalls - and even a special flypast by a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial flight!

For entry forms and more information visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/miltonkeynes or call Gable Events on 01780 470 718.

For information about Age UK Milton Keynes visit www.ageukmiltonkeynes.org.uk or call 01908 550700