Calling all teams: will you be Dragon Boat champions at the Glasgow Canal Festival?

By Ian Marland at

The first-ever Glasgow Canal Festival takes to the water next month.

Live music, street food, crafts and activities will entertain the crowds on Saturday July 22.

A highlight will be the chance for teams to be crowned the city’s Dragon Boat Racing champion.

Glasgow Canal Festival

Location: The inaugural Glasgow Canal Festival takes place at Applecross Basin on Saturday July 22.

The festival has been organised by Scottish Canals, Glasgow City Council, National Theatre of Scotland, The Whisky Bond and Queens Cross Housing Association.

Canalside communities and businesses are also playing their part in their preparations.

The day of fun kicks off at Applecross Basin on the Forth & Clyde Canal, featuring activities on and off the water.

Entries are now open for the main event of the festival – the inaugural Glasgow Canal Dragon Boat Race.


Ten teams of 15 people each will battle through a series of heats to be crowned the Glasgow Canal Dragon Boat champion.

Full details are available here

Elsewhere on the programme, there is a free canal boat cruise along the Glasgow Canal, origami boat design and building classes.

The festival celebrates the ongoing transformation of the area in recent years.

A flourishing cultural quarter with the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Opera, and the creative hub of The Whisky Bond has emerged.


Pinkston Watersports – Scotland’s only urban white water course – and Glasgow Wake Park are also nearby.

Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals on behalf of the Glasgow Canal Project, said excitement was growing around the event.

“The Glasgow Canal Festival will celebrate everything that makes North Glasgow such an incredible place.

“The area has seen a tremendous transformation in recent years and it’s only been possible with the support of the local community and businesses.

“This festival is a fitting way to mark the next chapter in the story.

“I’d encourage everyone … to come along and make the most of Glasgow’s canal.”