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Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race


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About The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race:

The first Oxford V. Cambridge boat race took place in 1829 and it soon became an annual event between students from these two universities. It takes place on the River Thames in London and attracts a massive crowd of around 250,000 to the banks of the River Thames. The BBC Television audience averages over six million. The event also has a huge international following with an estimated global audience of 400 million in around 180 countries.

Find out more about the history of the boat race.

2014 Date: Sunday 6 April 2014
(Annual event in late March or early April.)
6 April 2014 will see the 160th Boat Race between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge; one of the oldest sporting events in the world.

Start Time: 6pm


  • The Start: from Putney Bridge up to Fulham Football Club.
  • Round the Bend: follows the middle of the course, between Hammersmith Bridge and Chiswisk Reach.
  • The Finish: follows the remainder of the Course between Barnes Railway Bridge and Chiswick Bridge.


Where to Watch: Visitors can find a place to watch on either side of the river along the full length of the course, but particular areas to note are:

  • Putney Bridge, Putney Embankment and Bishops Park (at the start)
  • Hammersmith and Barnes (mid-course)
  • Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge (at the finish).
There are Big Screens at Bishops Park, Fulham and Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith which mean you will be able to watch the whole race before and after the crews have passed.


Nearest Tube Stations:

  • Putney Bridge
  • Hammersmith
  • Ravenscourt Park
  • Stamford Brook
  • Turnham Green


Tickets: Free to watch!

Official Website: www.theboatrace.org

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