Celebrate the start of spring and come along and cheer on the teams along the River Thames in Putney. Since the second half of the 19th century, Putney has been one of the most significant centres for rowing in the United Kingdom. More than twenty rowing clubs are based on the Thames at Putney Embankment and produced a plethora of Olympic medallists.
The first race to kick off March is the Women’s Eight Head of the River Race on the 10th March at 09:45 am. This race was founded in the 1930’s with 5 crews participating. It has now become the largest women’s rowing race in the world with around 2,880 women racing and 320 crews taking part. It is the only race in the UK where novices can compete in the same race as Olympic champions and as such attracts a wide range of rowers from clubs and universities. For more information, visit their website here. We will have a free craft activity for children to make some rowing themed artwork in Putney Market.
The Head of the River Race (Mens) follows on Sunday 11th March at 10:15 am. This race is rowed annually from Mortlake to Putney along the River Thames. Over 400 crews of eights take part, making it one of the highest participation events in London. For more information, visit their website here.
On the 12th March at 13:00 pm the Schools’ Head of the River Race will take place along the River Thames. The race is one of the largest races for students in full time education. For more information, visit their website here.
Most well known is the University Boat Race on Saturday 24th March. The men and women from Oxford University and Cambridge University compete in two separate races; the first at 16:31 and the second at 17:31.The race covers a 4.2 mile stretch of the River Thames, beginning in Putney and finishing in Mortlake. The first male race was in 1829 and the event has been held annually since 1856. For more information, visit their website here.
On Boat Race Day, Wandsworth Radio take over Church Square and compere an afternoon of live entertainment with super bands and unique dancers. We will also have street food and outside bars. Come along and enjoy the atmosphere. The regular Putney Market will be located on the Church forecourt. Would you like to see the rowers close up? then the best place to watch is Putney Wharf where you can see the rowers warming up before the race.
The last race of the month is the Veterans Fours Head River Race on the 25th March at 10:00 am. For more information, visit their website here.
Make a day of it, come and enjoy being by the river to watch the races and then visit the many fine eating and drinking establishments in Putney, or have a look at our unique selection of shops.