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One of the city’s best summer events is on course for success with the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival already announcing half of the places are filled.

Local teams are eagerly signing up for this year’s event on Saturday June 22 at the Peterborough Rowing Lake when they’ll race in ornate boats to the beat of a drum.

It’s a popular team building event for local companies with 48 teams competing last year and it raises vital funds for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Organised by NewWave Events it’s sponsored by city appliance manufacturer Hotpoint with ESP Magazine proud to be the event’s media partner once again.

It’s always an exciting day of fast paced racing every few minutes, along with plenty of bankside family entertainment for spectators.

The ESP Motley Crew will once again be taking part and we can assure you no experience is needed, you’ll get all the expert instruction you need on the day and all equipment is provided. It's great fun!

In the Chinese zodiac, 2024 is the Year of the Dragon, a symbol of power, strength, and good fortune. This marks the 24th year of this fantastic festival in the city, and NewWave Events are determined to surpass the success of previous years. In 2023, a sell-out 48 teams participated, raising £42,000 for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.

Alicja Mierzejewska, Executive Director at NewWave Events, said – "We can't wait to welcome back the incredible companies that join us year after year and eagerly anticipate new participants. Our dragons are primed and ready, so join us this summer for an exceptional day of fundraising and team unity!"

Lucy Morton, Executive Director at NewWave Events, said – “It is a testament to the popularity of this event that we once again achieved the maximum entry, last year. Last year was one of our busiest festivals yet and we are hoping to continue helping Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice raise as much as possible.”

The hospice offers expert care and support to individuals living with life-limiting conditions, as well as their families. It relies heavily on fundraising activities and voluntary donations to sustain its vital services throughout the region.

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice’s Senior Community Fundraiser, Nilesh Patel, said – “Last year the community helped us to be there when it matters by raising an incredible £42,000  - money which helps fund our expert and compassionate palliative care and bereavement support. We are so grateful for the backing of the festival again this year."

Teams have a fantastic incentive to raise sponsorship, as the top fundraisers will be awarded the charity trophy and receive a special Glo Golf experience.

Ian Moverley, Communications Director at Hotpoint commented – "We're delighted to be sponsoring the festival for the third year running as part of our commitment to supporting fundraising in our local community and for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in particular. Our colleagues love taking part in a fun-filled day supporting such a great cause and hopefully this time we can make it onto the winner’s podium!"

For more information and to enter, call Festival organisers NewWave Events at 01536 674748 or visit to register online.

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