At the 2022 event we had an absolutely amazing day supporting our four charity teams and taking part in the event ourselves. We entered our own novice team of Barnabus staff and volunteers (who somehow got the 4th fastest time of the day) and  we even got to race our supporting teams; Careys Foundation (who won the final!), Reward Finance, Property Hub and Chameleon Communications. Check out some of the pictures of the day below.



Dragon Boat Teams consist of rowers and one drummer. Each boat takes a minimum of 11 people; 10 rowers and one drummer and a maximum of 17 people; 16 rowers and 1 drummer.


You can enter multiple teams and teams can also compete and race each other in head to head.

We’re proud to announce that Barnabus are one of the Dragon Boat Festival Charities for 2023! Another reason why we can’t wait to take to the water again. We really hope you will join in the fun and raise vital life changing funds to help people experiencing homelessness.

Please register your interest by emailing [email protected].


Each team will have three timed races where their single fastest time will count for qualifying heats  and the chance to take part in the Grand Finale and receive an award.

Choose to support Barnabus by raising sponsorship and you can enter as a ‘Charity Team’

Each boat costs £500 this is the cost to enter the race. Funds are raised to support our work through sponsorship. Please register your interest with Alex on the email address above so that we can send you full details about the day.

When it comes to raising funds for us you can set up an online giving page on our website or via Just Giving or other giving sites.