Join us for our oar-some Dragon Boat Festival

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Our annual Dragon Boat Festival is bursting back into Tilgate Park with a splash! Taking place on Sunday 8 September, this free, action packed fun day is guaranteed to be a great day out!

The thrilling event, which is in its 17th year, is a popular one in many of our local community’s calendars. The racing kicks off around 10am with plenty to keep you and your family and friends entertained all day.

Come along and cheer on over 30 teams, made up of local businesses, as they sail across Tilgate Lake and race to become Dragon Boat Champions 2019.

For those relaxing on the shorelines, try your luck at traditional fête games like hook a duck, tin can alley and the popular garden tombola. Spring into action on giant inflatables, get glittered up with tattoos or glitter hair, take some snaps in our photo booth, and tuck into tasty food from onsite food vendors. When you’re done, kick back with a refreshing drink from the onsite bar, and listen to live music from local artists.

Sophie Peckham, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at St Catherine’s said, “We’re really looking forward to our annual Dragon Boat race. And hope lots of you will join us for what is always a fantastic day out. It’s really inspiring to see the camaraderie and efforts of our Dragon Boat teams and we’re looking forward to cheering everyone on. Including our very own team of nurses and hospice staff. Currently, St Catherine’s can only care for one in three local people who need hospice support. But we have ambitions to make sure that in the future everyone who needs St Catherine’s care can have it, because nobody should face death and loss alone. By supporting this year’s Dragon Boat Festival, you’ll be making sure more terminally ill people in your community have expert care and support when it’s needed most. We look forward to welcoming lots of you to Tilgate Park for this wonderful event!”

For more information, or to volunteer to help, please email: or call St Catherine’s Events Team: on 01293 447361.