The Orient comes to annual riverside festival

Pic of the launch this year's Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge to coincide with Chinese New Year for Mansfield People page 10/02/16' 'The Dragon Boat Challenge is in aid of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and attracts teams from throughout the East Midlands so we would be thrilled if you are able to feature it.' 'Pic supplied by Carol Lester'Director of Gable Events

Pic of the launch this year's Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge to coincide with Chinese New Year for Mansfield People page 10/02/16' 'The Dragon Boat Challenge is in aid of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and attracts teams from throughout the East Midlands so we would be thrilled if you are able to feature it.' 'Pic supplied by Carol Lester'Director of Gable Events

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The Orient has inspired a fundraising challenge in the run up to Chinese New Year.

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People has joined with Gable Events to launch the eighth Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge.

The 2016 Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on Sunday, August 7, as part of the annual Riverside Festival.

Up to 40 crews from all over the East Midlands are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course. They will all be seeking to knock Nottingham-based Cargopak off their pedestal as reigning champions whilst raising important funds for the hospice.

No previous experience is required to take part in the dragon boat racing, just plenty of team spirit.

The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races.

Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of one of the region’s largest family festivals with a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world, staged by Nottingham City Council.

For more information or an entry form call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham