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Take your place at the Welsh Dragonboat Championships

FIerce Competition: The day sees teams of 17 compete on the water
FIerce Competition: The day sees teams of 17 compete on the water

THIS COMING May 29, Llys y Fran Country Park will once again be transformed as the Welsh Dragonboat Championships will hit Pembrokeshire for the third time. Organised by Narberth & Whitland Rotary Club, the primary event purpose is to fundraise for the local and Welsh Charities this year they are looking to support Life Opportunities for Young people as our theme.

The Dragonboat event involves teams of 17 participants per team, including a ceremonial drummer at the helm. There will be a number of races throughout the day, until the winners are crowned Dragonboat Champions 2016. The event race, however, isn’t the only entertainment planned on the day. As this takes place on Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend, the organisers were keen to create an inclusive, family-orientated experience with something for everyone. There will be a number of family entertainment areas – including bouncy castles and free children’s rides sponsored by local businesses. There will also be free camping for two nights at Llys-y-fran. A host of catering and beverage facilities offering hot and cold foods, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and much more besides will also compliment the site.

Mary Adams of Narberth & Whitland Rotary Club commented: ‘This is now one of Pembrokeshire’s premier events and we are delighted with the success of the event raising more than £20,000 for charities in Pembrokeshire and Wales.

“Narberth and Whitland Rotary Club are pleased that this event is now firmly established in Pembrokeshire’s annual events calendar and raising money for worthwhile causes.

“Our primary objective is to make it a ‘Bank Holiday Bonanza’ event.  It is for this reason that we wanted to ensure that this was a fully inclusive day out- a showcase event with people having a fun day out, all with the common goal of fundraising for our beloved charities.

“We welcome families and all walks of life to come out and support the event, and to continue to drive Pembrokeshire as Wales’ leading county when it comes to fundraising for Welsh beneficiaries. It promises to be a fun-filled family day out for fantastic causes. Let’s just hope the sun shines on Llys y Fran that day!”

The event is being hosted at Llys y Fran Country Park in Pembrokeshire – the magnificent 350-acre park site at the heart of the county, which boasts a 212-acre reservoir on which the race itself will take place. The park – popular with ramblers, cyclists, water sports and fishing enthusiasts – itself boasts a family-friendly restaurant, gift shop and a vast outdoor adventure centre.

Entries for the event are now open and with several teams already signed up, it is already promising to be another tremendous occasion.

To find out more about the Welsh Dragonboat Championship and information on how to enter the various competitions associated with the event (including a weekend family break and fishing vouchers) find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/welshdragonboatchampionship

Alternately, contact event organiser Steve Lewis by email [email protected] or telephone 07932798910.