Welcome to the 2018 season

Our website will shortly be updated so that you can book and pay for your paddling online. Until then, reach us by phone, or by email at enquiries@chesterkayakhire.co.uk, where there will always be a prompt and friendly reply. See you on the river soon!

Tel: 01244 422007

A look ahead at this year’s Dragon Boat Festival

The River Dee can lay claim to many exciting and interactive activities, but none are more colourful or challenging than the Chester Dragon Boat Festival.

Held annually by Race The Dragon, it forms part of a summer program of dragon boat races across the UK, which kicked off on April 23 at the Isle of Wight Festival. Chester will be the team’s 11th stop of the tour.

When does it take place?

This year’s event on the Dee will be run on Sunday, June 21 and is open to both able bodied and disabled paddlers, with invites to novices as well as those more seasoned dragon boat teamsters. Teams are made up of 17 team members with 16 paddlers and a drummer, and applications are open to those aged 12 years and older.

What does it entail?

The 230-metre course will be run three times by each team and will be timed on each run. This offers a great opportunity to experience the ultimate in team building by demanding that each member of the boat works with their team mates as they strive to cross the finish line in the quickest possible time. A full day of activities from 10:00 am to 4.30 pm will ensure there is never a dull moment for those either taking part in the race, or those lucky enough to cheer the teams on.

Those that are unable to enjoy being part of a team for the Dragon Boat Festival can still support the racers by using local kayak or canoe hire. Meanwhile, those that are fortunate enough to take part in the festival, either as paddler or drummer, will know they have pushed themselves to the limit to ensure they offer their teammates the chance to be officially crowned Dragon Boat Champions of Chester, at least until next year.