‘Dragons & Flowers’

Dragons and Flowers Festival 2018

Applications are now being taken for this year’s glorious water extravaganza. Whether you want to return and fight for victory, or are planning to join us for the first time, we can guarantee a fun filled day on the water.

As always the event takes place on the first May bank holiday – May 7 this year – and we are looking forward to welcoming 20 teams, to raise money for charity and compete in a number of categories, both on and off the water.

This year marks our 7th annual event, and, as you can see from some of the photos below or in our gallery, it is colourful, competitive and full of costumes!

For more information, please contact us

To whet your appetite, here’s some reminders of festivals from former years:

1st May 2017: 6th Annual ‘Dragons & Flowers’ charity Dragon Boat Festival 

Another good day for our Dragons & Flowers event.  The weather was kind to us and there was lots of fun and frivolity down at Liverpool Watersports Centre.  16 teams took part this year, representing a wide range of organisations (gyms, NHS departments, sports groups, charity organisations and local businesses).  Each team took part in 3 races and their two fastest times determined which teams made it through to the ‘Major’ and ‘Minor’ finals.

The trophy results were:

  • Major Trophy 1st – Team Awesome (and they were!)
  • Major Trophy – 2nd – Ellison Builders
  • Major Trophy – 3rd – The Animals
  • Minor Trophy – Warrington Boot Camp
  • Best Fund-Raiser – David Lloyd (£600)
  • Most Improved Team – Marie Curie
  • Best Fancy Dress – Mersey Mermaids

The proceeds from the event will be donated to our 2017 charities, Water Aid (website here) and Pool of Life.  It’s not too late to donate and we encourage teams to gather donations via our MyDonate online donation page: here.  We will issue a fund-raising update on this page when all sponsorship and donations have been collected.

…and the lucky winner of the prize draw for  the original Chris Bibby painting of our Pool of Life boat ‘Hope’ and Liverpool City backdrop was Jo Nash  a member of the ‘Day at the Races’ team. Congratulations Jo!  Photo of the painting here.

Photos from the day are shown below.  Liverpool Echo also paid a visit and published some great photos too (see here).






















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See below for last year’s event……


2nd May 2016: 5th annual ‘Dragons & Flowers’ charity festival

Fund Raising update:

We are proud to announce that we raised a massive £7259.53 in our 2016 Dragons & Flowers charity event – that means £2419.84 for each of the 3 nominated charities.  This is a fantastic result and we would like to thank the teams once again for taking part and for their fund-raising efforts.

On 30th August we met at the Watersports centre for the official cheque handover to Eleanor Smith of Halton Haven Hospice (Water Aid couldn’t be with us on the day).  Representatives from Pool of Life, Amathus and Liverpool Marina were present….

cheque handover D&F 2016

For a reminder of the day, see our event report below…………..

Well, it’s all over for another year and what a day we had.  Despite some testing weather which nearly blew away our gazebos and tents, 18 teams from local companies, charities and hospitals dressed up in amazing outfits and took to the water, racing in 3 heats to determine the 8 finalists for our fantastic trophies and medals…..

D&F 2016 medals and trophies

Dragons & Flowers 2016 Medals and Trophies

We were particularly honoured by the participation of another breast cancer team who travelled all the way from Ireland (the Donegal Dragons).  They really made our day with their cheerleader style, singing at the end of their races and making everybody smile!

D&F 2016 Donegal Dragons

The Donegal Dragons














The winners of the main competition were:

  • 1st Merseycare
  • 2nd Team Awesome
  • 3rd The Animals are Back
D&F 2016 Merseycare NHS team

Overall Winners – team from Merseycare NHS

The most improved team was the Goodfellas Gondola (from Halton Haven Hospice)…

D&F 2016 Goodfellas Gondola

Most Improved team – Goodfellas Gondola











Competition was also fierce for the fancy dress prize, with fabulous costumes from teams with imaginative names such as the Marilyn Munrowers, Grannies Tea Party, Super Herowers, X-Rayted, All Mod Cons, The Animals, Goodfellas Gondola, the Jolly Gondoliers, etc.  The fancy dress prize was awarded to the Grannies Tea Party team (closely followed by the Super Herowers (2nd) and the Marilyn Munrowers (3rd).

D&F 2016 Grannies tea Party

Fancy Dress Winners – Grannies Tea Party (looking arthritic!)

D&F 2016 The Super Herowers

Fancy Dress 2nd prize: the Super Herowers











D&F 2016 Marilyn Munrowers

Fancy Dress 3rd prize: the Marilyn Munrowers

The fund-raising trophy was awarded to the X-Rayted for raising a whopping £450 (closely followed by Jolly Gondoliers with £420, Merseycare with £320 and Team Awesome with £290).

D&F 2016 X-Rayted

Best Fund-Raisers – team X-Rayted

Funds raised through team sponsorship and through sales/collections on the day will be split equally between 3 charities: Halton Haven Hospice, Water Aid and Pool of Life.  It’s not too late to make a donation via our on-line site – please visit the MyDonate site here.  We will announce the final fund-raising total once all sponsorship has been collected.  This will be followed by charity cheque presentations.

More photos from the day can be found on the Pool of Life Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pooloflife/?fref=photo

See our report on the 2015 event below…………….


2015 ‘Dragons & Flowers’ Festival, 4th May 2015

Dragons & Flowers logoPool of Life and Amathus Dragonboat Club hosted their annual charity dragonboat race event at Liverpool Watersports Centre) in aid of Breast Cancer Care, Galloway’s Society for the Blind and Pool of Life.  18 teams had a fantastic day, battling it out for trophies and medals.

Sponsorship and other funds have now been counted and the event raised a total of £12,000 – £4,000 for each of the three charities!  On 18th August we organised a charity cheque handover at the Water Sports Centre.  Commenting on this achievement, Christine Beckwith, Chairperson for ‘Pool of Life’ said “I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make the day so successful, we are amazed by your generosity”.

Maureen Burke, Ann Coffey & Amy Morgan, local Breast Cancer Care volunteers, added “A huge thank you to the Liverpool Pool of Life Dragonboat Ladies team for their wonderful donation of £4000 to Breast Cancer Care UK. Your hard work fundraising is very much appreciated & will go a long way to keep Breast Cancer Care’s work in supporting patients ongoing”.

Anna Scott, Community Fundraiser for Galloway’s said “We are really grateful to Pool of Life for choosing to support Galloway’s through their annual ‘Dragons and Flowers’ festival.  This year we have to raise £1 million to be able to continue our services to local blind and partially sighted people – helping them to live independently while having the same opportunities that the sighted world can often take for granted.  Support from community groups like ‘Pool of Life’ goes such a long way in helping us reach our goal.”

 Charity cheque handover 18th AugustCharity cheque handover 18th August

Photos from the day…(more photos on gallery page here)…

  • Fastest team: 1st place: Team Awesome
  • 2nd Place: Merseycare Dragons
  • 3rd Place: Cobden Flyer
  • Best Fancy Dress: Don’t Rock the Boat
  • Most Improved Crew: Honolulu Halton
  • Best Fund-raiser: Cobden Flyer (£2220 promised!)
Team Awesome take 1st place

Team Awesome take 1st place

2nd Place: Merseycare Dragons

2nd Place: Merseycare Dragons




3rd Place: Cobden Flyer

3rd Place: Cobden Flyer






'Don't Rock the Boat' with their amazing fancy dress outfits!

‘Don’t Rock the Boat’ with their amazing fancy dress outfits!














Honolulu Halton - Most Improved Team

Honolulu Halton – Most Improved Team


Cobden Flyer: Best Fund-raising team

Cobden Flyer: Best Fund-raising team

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