Sunday 29th Sept 2019

The Cosmeston Dragon Boat Festival is returning. It’s a fun filled event with gripping, adrenaline fueled dragon boat racing on the beautiful lake at Cosmeston Country Park.

Where is the event?

Cosmeston Country Park
Cosmeston, Penarth
Vale of Glamorgan, Wales CF64 5FB

How it works

Dragon Boating is great fun and ideal for complete novices as no previous experience is necessary. It’s quick to pick up and suitable for almost all ages and abilities, with all instructions given on the day.

Teams can range from 11 – 20 people in size, with a maximum of 17 team members (8 x pairs of paddlers plus the team drummer) competing in any one race (all teams must have a drummer). Each team will have a minimum three timed races where your single fastest time only will count for Grand Final qualification and as the racing will be over a sprint distance of just 200 meters, it makes little difference if a novice team is made up of just six pairs, seven pairs or the full eight pairs of paddlers.

The Grand Final will be a race to the finish where all the dragon boats that can be safely raced together will race one last time and the first team across the line will be declared: Dragon Boat Champions of Cosmeston 2019.

The festival will end with our award ceremony where specially engraved trophies are awarded to the captain’s of the top three teams and winners’ medals to each member of the winning crew.

Have you got what it takes to “Race the Dragon” and be crowned champions of the Cosmeston Dragon Boat Festival 2019?

Provisional event timings:

09:15 – Team registration at RTD Event Control to open.

09:45 All teams to have completed registration

10:00 – Event start, with a welcome and brief overview of the day, followed by a call-up for the first teams.

10:33 – Heat 1 race due to run.
Heat 2
Heat 3

15:30 – 16:00 GRAND FINAL (the actual Grand Final time depending on the number of teams racing)

Around 10 mins after the Grand Final finishes, presentations, speeches, & photos, with the Event End once all speeches and presentations have been completed.


What does it cost?

A standard team entry costs from just £500.00 (£100 deposit secures your boat). FREE Entry for spectators and guests – bring the family and make a day of it.

What does the cost cover?

  • Team entry for the day (with qualified instructors)
  • A minimum of 3 qualifying races, with the opportunity to go through to the Grand Final
  • Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places
  • ‘Challenge Races’ – we can place you against friends, colleagues or business competitors in your own race – just challenge them to take a boat also.
  • All safety briefings and equipment
  • FREE parking
  • Lots happening landside (keep an eye out for announcements)
  • FREE Entry for participants and guests – bring the family and make a day of it

Who can enter?

Companies – an ideal team building activity and local PR experience for your company.

Sports Teams, Social teams and other Groups.

Friends and Family – Well, you get the idea…. Just for fun or again raise some money for a good cause.

A Maximum team number of 20 people (17 people per race).

What do I do next?!

Register your team online today, pay your team entry fee in full or a deposit of £100 secures your team place, we will forward you more details in the build-up about the day itself. Don’t forget to share your festival team entry on social media.

For more information please get in touch.

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Are you ready to “Race The Dragon” on the Cosmeston Country Park lake?

And for as little as £25.00 each for a whole day's fun!