Let battle commence at the Brindleyplace Dragonboat Race

On Saturday 18 June the Birmingham canal will become hostile waters when local businesses dust off their dragonboats (they’ve all got one!) for the annual Brindleyplace Dragonboat Race.

The event begins at 10am with battle commencing at 11am.

As a former dragonboater I can confirm that there’s a thrilling atmosphere.  This is no leisurely paddle – reputations are at stake, rivalry is strong and some of the starting-line insults are legendary (all this bravado is somewhat squashed by fancy dress!)

The race begins in Gas Street Basin, under the bridge and to the finish line in front of the Barclaycard Arena. Rowers are spurred on by the drummer who sits at the head of each boat.

This year (as ever) this FREE event is sponsored by Deutsche Bank and is in aid of Cure Leukaemia.


Here are some odd-numbered lists (it’s all the rage!) of things to do…



  1. Scream your lungs out
  2. Jump up and down
  3. Erm… shout some more



  1. Row like hell
  2. Insult your adversaries with killer put-downs (business related is preferable)
  3. Don’t capsize (it happened in 2015!)


One and all

  1. Enjoy face painting, puppet shows and a Birds of Prey display
  2. Witness some bona fide Traditional Chinese Lion Dancing
  3. Stuff your face at the all day food, drink & craft market
  4. Enter a draw to win a 3 night stay in New York! Courtesy of Your Travel
  5. Dress up your kids and enter them in a competition to win family passes to the National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham!


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