The annual boat race between Cambridge and Oxford takes place this Sunday 2nd April and it’s set to be off the hook. This year it’s known as The Cancer Research UK Boat Race and, being one of the world’s oldest sporting races, this year marks the 163rd Boat Race and the 72nd Women’s Boat Race.
Following the route of The Championship Course, which is 4 miles long, the race travels between Putney and Mortlake on the River Thames. This historical route was adopted in 1845 and has been the course of choice ever since.
Even if you’re not a huge fan of boating, the atmosphere is always electric so why not go down to the Thames, hitch up a spot and watch the competition unfold? Events kick off around midday on Sunday. (Don’t worry, the BBC are live broadcasting if you’re too busy *cough* lazy *cough* to head down).
Both Bishop’s Park in Fulham and the Adnam’s Fan Park in Furnivall Gardens are great points for a birdseye view (they’re situated alongside the course) and, after the boats go past, there are screens to watch the drama unfold with a cold beer from one of the tents. These free events are perfect for everyone as there will be live music, family fun and food.
The Crabtree are also hosting their Crabtree Boat Race event where entry is free and doors open early at 10am! Situated on the riverbank between Hammersmith and Putney bridges, expect a prime view of the race from the riverside, or from one of their 10 screens. There will be plenty of food and drink choices serving up traditional and street food options (even veggie and gluten free choices!) and an orchard garden lined with pop up bars. You’re not dreaming, we said orchard garden. Camden House Brewery and Hop House 13 will be providing the ale and beer, whilst live bands and a DJ will see you into the night.
Pubs such as the Blue Anchor also offer some spectacular views of the Thames and they’re even putting on an outdoor BBQ and bar for the occasion.
The weather is set to be nice for the event *fingers crossed* and here’s hoping the teams aren’t feeling any pier pressure because that would surely rock the boat, eh? We’ll stop now…
Find more information about the races here.