Dragon Boat Racing at Paddington Basin

Dragon Boat Racing at Paddington Basin

For the last 10 years, Paddington Basin Canal has been home to the summer Dragon Boat Race. Once again this year, on Thursday 25th July, fearless crews will take to the water to compete to be awarded Fastest Team, Runner-Up Team, and the highly coveted Best Dressed Team – all in aid of local charity COSMIC, Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care, which overlooks Paddington Basin.

This colourful competition is a fun, friendly spectacle not to be missed! Each boat contains eleven competitors – ten paddlers and one drummer – who race their way along Merchant Square Canal in a determined effort to be first to cross the finish line. Crews are comprised of people from across Paddington – work colleagues, groups of family and friends – all coming together to raise money for an essential cause. Last year raised an impressive £16,000 for COSMIC, helping them to help hundreds of critically ill children from across the capital. 

The fun kicks off at 5pm, with races continuing until 9pm; but with so much surrounding the events, make sure to leave plenty of time to enjoy the excitement! Pick up a scrumptious bite to eat or a trendy craft beer from one of the numerous eateries; take time to stroll around Paddington’s gorgeous Floating Pocket Park; or join in with the festivities by dressing up for the occasion!

Located just minutes from Paddington Basin, the Mercure Paddington is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the excitement! Book now and look forward to an idyllic summer’s evening.