Popular festival to move out of the Horsham district

THE popular Dragon Boat Festival, cancelled at Knepp Castle in Shipley due to lack of rainfall, will now be held in Worthing.

The event, which is being held in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley this Sunday, will take place at Brooklands Park in Western Road.

Last week the charity revealed that water levels at Knepp Castle had dropped so much that it was not possible to stage the festival.

Claire Irving, fundraising manager at St Catherine’s Hospice said: “We were due to hold our Dragon Boat Festival, as per last year, in the beautiful setting of Knepp Castle. However, in spite of recent heavy showers, the consistent lack of rainfall over the last ten weeks has seen the water levels on the lake drop to such an extent that it is just not possible to hold a boat race there.”

Today she told the County Times: “We are delighted to announce that our Dragon Boat Festival has found a new home for this year at Brooklands Park and would like to thank all at St Barnabas House hospice in Worthing for their help with this. Their support ensures that this event will be an excellent fundraiser for much-needed hospice care across Sussex, and we hope that regular supporters will look to join us in Worthing for the day.

“We would also like to thank Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council for enabling us to hold the event here, along with our sponsors Thomas Eggar LLP, Edwards Vacuum and Barclays and all of our teams for their continued support.”

Visitors can expect a fantastic array of stalls and entertainment, as they watch businesses from across Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and East Surrey do battle on the lake. The festival runs from 10am – 4pm and the venue is easy to find off the A259 with ample parking near-by.

For more information on how to find the venue, please visit www.stch.org.uk and follow the Dragon Boat Festival link or call the fundraising team at St Catherine’s Hospice on 01293 447357/365.