New date for Dragon Boat Race

15 May 2020
Martin House has announced the date for next year’s Leeds Dragon Boat Race – Sunday 16th May 2021.

One of Martin House’s biggest fundraising events, Leeds Dragon Boat Race had been due to take place on Sunday 17th May, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nikki Denton, events fundraising manager, said: “It was a huge blow that we had to cancel this year’s Dragon Boat Race, not just because we’ve lost the income it would have generated, but because it’s such a fantastic day for our teams and spectators.

“We’re so excited we can start planning how we’re going to make it even bigger and better when it returns in 2021.”

Leeds Dragon Boat Race takes place at Roundhay Park, and sees up to 48 teams of 10 competing on a 200m course on Waterloo Lake.

The teams, along with a drummer to keep time, paddle the dragon boats in a series of heats before being whittled down to semi-finalists, as they battle to be crowned champion.

There is also a tug o’ war competition and family fun day with fairground attractions, making it a perfect day out for spectators.

Martin House is hoping many of the teams who had signed up this year will be able to compete in the 2021 event, but is now looking for teams to take part.

Crews need a team of 10, plus a drummer, to compete. It costs £350 per team to register, and each team is asked to raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship. The tug o’ war costs £65 per team to take part.

More information about the event is available at and anyone interested in taking part can email