Comical Dry Boat Race and beautiful open gardens for Dorrington Festival this weekend

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‘All hands on deck’ for 
Dorrington’s dry boat race – set to entertain crowds at the village’s biennial festival.

Along with participants racing along wearing miniature boats, the event will feature heritage exhibitions, crafts, dance, music and arts.

They form part of the open gardens weekend throughout the village on July 11 to 12.

There will also be face-painting and messy play activities for children, charity stalls, plants and cakes.

Festival secretary Julia Newton said: “The boat race is a bit of fun where crews of two-six people build a ‘boat’ they can run with, and race it around the playing field.

“Last time, we had crews in fancy dress as pirates and sailors, so there’s plenty of room for creativity.

“It’s only £5 for a crew that includes under 12s or £10 for older children and adult crews, and proceeds go to our chosen charities. All teams need to do is send in their entry form and get building.

“Crews from local businesses, schools, sports clubs, youth groups or families are all invited to take part.”

For an entry form, email in or call Julia on 01526 832917

The dry boat race will begin at 3pm on the playing field. The live music will run from 11.45pm to 3pm.

A diverse range of gardens will be open and many crafts and arts will be on display, including the famous David Sharpe sculptures.

Proceeds from the festival will go to Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, Marie Curie Cancer Care, St Barnabas Hospice and the parish church.

The signposted gardens are open 11am-6pm. Entry is £3 a day, £5 for a weekend pass.der 16s go free.