Dragons are coming to Willen waters this Sunday

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This Sunday thousands of people will visit Willen Lake for the 12th annual Dragon Boat Festival.

More than 1,000 people will be racing in aid of Willen Hospice in forty foot brightly painted Chinese boats, watched by several thousand spectators. The event this year is another sell-out success with 60 teams racing five boats at a time in what has become the largest one-day charity dragon boat event in the country.

The races will take place every 10 minutes over a 200m race course with the first race at 9.30am and finishing with the final at around 5.15pm.

As well as the races, there will be plenty of activities on the bank and in the air to entertain crews and spectators including a Battle of Britain flypast by a Lancaster Bomber at around 3.40pm plus a large funfair, inflatables, face painters plus mini golf, the high ropes course and miniature train. The Festival is supported by Heart, entrance is free to spectators and ample ‘pay and display’ parking is available at Willen Lake.

Carol Lester of Festival organisers, Gable Events, said, “It is a testament to the continued popularity of this event that so many teams are taking part again this year. Ten companies have also taken up the option of our Gold and Silver sponsorship packages which will not only increase their company profile at the event but also raise an extra £5,750 for Willen Hospice. We are sure that crews and spectators will have a fantastic day.”

Paul Hinson, Willen Hospice Chief Executive, said, “We are delighted to be partnering the 2013 Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival. This annual event is a fantastic, fun group activity which brings together the community of Milton Keynes to help raise much needed and vital funds for Willen Hospice.”