Town Centre Events
The Boat Race
The University Boat Race has graced Putney’s shores for over 180 years. In that time, Putney has developed the event into a national spectacle by making it an oar-some day. The nail-biting race starts near to Putney Bridge and stretches 4.2 miles along the River Thames, ending near Chiswick Bridge in Mortlake.
The battle began in 1829 when Charles Merivale from Cambridge challenged Charles Wordsworth from Oxford to a race. Since then the competition has remained close, with Cambridge leading Oxford 83 – 80 as of 2018.
Each year the event brings in upwards of 250,000 spectators. Positively Putney works to create a welcoming and merry atmosphere with a live stage compered by Wandsworth Radio in Church Square, and food and drink stalls.
The 2020 Boat Race is set to commence on Sunday 29th March. For more information on The Boat Race, visit http://theboatraces.org/
Every year, we welcome thousands of cyclist to our town centre, as Prudential RideLondon, the world’s greatest festival of cycling, takes place in August.
The cycle route is usually down Putney High Street and across Putney Bridge with a great view for spectators to line the side of Putney High Street throughout the day to watch cyclists come past.
We always try to make the day as fun as possible by planning some cycle themed activities in the town centre. Get in touch with our team to find out more.
This year, we hosted two spectaular festive events in Putney starting with our annual Christmas Light Switch-On Party. We were joined by Mr and Mrs Whitehall (parents of Jack Whitehall and Putney residents) who turned on our Christmas lights in front of a spectacular crowd. We got into the Christmas spirit by listening to lots of wonderful local school choirs and performance groups on the stage, expertly compèred by Riverside Radio.
Putney also held the Upper Richmond Road Christmas Fayre – new to Putney this year, it was a lovely community event. Local residents came out to support the businesses and join in the festive fun. With festive tunes from the brass band, mulled wine and mince pies; families were spoilt for choice with activities.