The Cancer Research UK Boat Races
If you’re looking to witness a fantastic boat race event, then you’re going to want to check out The Cancer Research UK Boat Races. These boat races take place between the rowing crew at Oxford University and the one at Cambridge University. The Cancer Research UK Boat Race started in 1829 and is in its 163rd year of doing the race while The Cancer Research UK Women’s Boat Race is in its 72nd year after starting in 1927. Ready to learn more about The Cancer Research UK Boat Races and how you can see them in person? Keep reading for just some of the information you should know.
When and where
The Cancer Research UK Boat Races are set to take place on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The races take place on the River Thames on a course that’s approximately four miles right between Putney and Mortlake. Grab a spot on the banks of the river to watch all the action. The UK Women’s Boat Race starts first at 4:35pm while The Cancer Research UK Boat Race starts at 5:35pm. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend, but if you can’t make it in person, don’t worry because you can watch it on BBC. The event is free!
Boat Races in the Park
If you’d rather not stay home to watch the Cancer Research UK Boat Races but you don’t want to miss them and you want to be around a great group of people, then head over to Boat Races in the Park, free events that bring together spectators who can watch the boat races on a big screen in addition to getting a good view of the races in person. There are two spots where they take place: Furnivall Gardens in Hammersmith as well as Bishop’s Park. The latter is situated at the beginning of the race course while the former is set toward the middle. The events take place between noon and 9pm.
Eating and drinking
While there are going to be refreshments at the Boat Races in the Park events, you can also head out to one of the many restaurants and bars that offer good views of the race course. Just some to check out include The Depot Waterfront Brasserie, The Star and Garter, The Black Lion, Ye White Hart, River Cafe, and The Rutland Arms. Keep in mind that you should call ahead of time to see if you need to make a reservation on the big day, and if you don’t have to, you should plan to get there as early as possible to try and get ahead of the crowds.
Public transportation is available to get to (or near) The Cancer Research UK Boat Races, but you may want to wear comfortable shoes just in case you’re going to have to walk a bit. Lastly, expect it to be on the chilly side, so plan accordingly so you’ll be able to stay as warm as possible.