Town Centre Events

Positively Putney organise a range of town centre events to encourage people to visit and explore Putney. Some of these events are large events such as working alongside the Boat Race Company to deliver the University Boat Race, and some are much smaller events such as our Harvest Festival 2019 which we held in Church Square.

We are always interested in partnering with companies to bring community events to Putney to enhance a persons experience of Putney town centre.

Christmas Celebrations

For 2020, we will be partnering with Elmer the Patchwork Elephant to bring a splash of colour to Putney this Christmas. We will have an Elmer trail to follow with 12 special Elmer posters around Putney Town Centre which have a QR code to scan to gain rewards to be redeemed in your favourite Putney businesses, or for fun Elmer activities for the kids. Launching on Saturday 28th November, check back for more details.

We encourage Putney businesses to utilise the Elmer theme, and decorate their business, and maximise on the interest in Elmer.

In 2019, we hosted two spectacular 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 great 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.

We supported the businesses with 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. 

The Boat Race

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 02: Scenic view of the Cambridge University Boat Club Blue Boat during a training session during The Boat Race Tideway Week on April 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

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 Riverside Radio in Church Square, and food and drink stalls.

Sadly, the 2020 Boat Race was cancelled. We hope that it is able to happen on Saturday 3rd April 2021. For more information on The Boat Race, visit http://theboatraces.org/

Prudential RideLondon

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.

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