Gloucester Dragon Boat Festival

The annual Dragon Boat Festival is returning to Gloucester Docks this May 2023, with 28 teams of rowers racing towards the finish line.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
The Dragon Boat Festival roars into Gloucester Docks this May 2023.

The eagerly-anticipated Gloucester Dragon Boat Festival returns to Gloucester Docks on Sunday 14 May 2023, featuring a series of energetic races.

Teams, made up of 10 rowers, climb aboard impressive 30-foot-long canoe boats fitted with colourful dragon heads.

Inspired by the tradition that originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, the racing spectacle is now a firm favourite in Gloucestershire with hundreds of spectators cheering on the competitors as they race along Gloucester Docks.

Nautical lovers can expect a day of courageous competition, with 30 teams racing for victory to win the prized Gloucester Dragon Boat Shield.

Starting beneath the swing bridge on Llanthony Road, the boats soar through the water of the Docks Basin, before finishing at Merchants Quay.

The first race kicks off at 10am with a finale race rounding off the festival at 5pm.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a great atmosphere with plenty of noise and cheering encouraged to spur on the rowers.

Organised by Rotary Club of Gloucester Severn, this year's fundraising event is in support of the festival's headline charity, Young Gloucestershire.  All proceeds go towards providing opportunities to help young people in Gloucestershire achieve their goals and improve their lives.

For more unique ideas for a family day out, check out SoGlos's list of wacky events in Gloucestershire.


Dragon Boat Festival 2023


Sunday 14 May 2023


From 10am until 5pm


Free of charge for spectators


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