Biggest water festival in region set to return this summer

Dragon Boat racing at Downham Market Water Festival Picture: Matthew Usher.

Dragon Boat racing at Downham Market Water Festival Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

A host of dragon-inspired boats will be roaring down a river once again this summer at the Downham Market Water Festival.

Returning for its 12th year, the festival will take place on Sunday, August 12 at the Hythe Bridge on the banks of the Great Ouse Relief Channel.

It is one of the biggest events of the year in West Norfolk, which sees thousands of people flock to the riverside to watch the Dragon Boat race.

Up to 10 people paddle each boat with a drummer beating a rhythm with each row and a helm at the tail steering a straight course.

Last year's winners were Cirrhosis of the River, representing the East of England Ambulance Service.


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The day will be packed with family fun entertainment from 10am until 5pm, including a variety of stalls, a fun fair and dance performances.

For more information, contact the organisers on info@downhammarkettc.co.uk.

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