Forget the Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race: this caprine alternative is a charming east London tradition.
Taking place at Spitalfields City Farm just off east London’s Brick Lane this Saturday, March 24, the Oxford Vs Cambridge Goat Race is a gentle sporting contest that’s hard to bleat.
While strapping poshos push themselves to the limits as they row the Thames in west London, animal-lovers will be reassured to know this race is rather more relaxing: essentially a nonchalant trot in pursuit of a bucket of delicious slops. Even the crowd keep things to a hush so as not to befuddle the wee beasties.
Naturally, there’ll be plenty of other festivities around the race proper, with beer, music and vegetable-trophy-making some of the activities on offer. (Perhaps the ‘Goataoke’ from 2017 will make a return?)
Tickets are £15 for adults, which goes towards supporting the local work of the farm, while children can happily attend for free. Doors open at midday; the race is likely to be around 4pm.