Bradford Dragon Boat Festival 2019

Updated: Dec 28, 2019


Dragonboat festival Roberts Park Saltaire 2019
Bradford Dragon Boat Festival 2019

This is the biggest dragonboat festival in the UK and one of the largest in Europe! The event takes place in Roberts Park Saltaire and is always a fun-filled family festival with dragon boat racing on the river and land-side attractions.for all to enjoy including children’s entertainment, charity stalls, catering stands, games, bar, live acts and much, much more.


The event was held over 3 days between Friday 21st June and Sunday 23rd, where an estimated 20,000 people came to watch teams battle it out on the river Aire.


 Dragon Boat racing involves teams of up to twenty paddlers in a 40-foot boat with a drummer at the helm, paddling frantically to beat the other teams down the course. The drums, shouting and colourful boats all make it an impressive and exciting sport both to watch and to compete in.
Dragon Boat racing involves teams of up to twenty paddlers in a 40-foot boat with a drummer at the helm, paddling frantically to beat the other teams down the course. The drums, shouting and colourful boats all make it an impressive and exciting sport both to watch and to compete in.

Day 1 was the youth championship.


The Youth Championships featured teams of children of all ages and abilities representing schools from across the district, as well as some from further afield in the UK.


This event had three original categories and 25 registered teams: