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 historic 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 2021 we are hosting two special Christmas events with our festive Nutcracker theme. If you would like to use the opportunity to promote your business please email Anna on

On November 19th, we will host our annual Christmas Lights switch on. Riverside Radio will compere the community stage showcasing our wonderful school and performance groups and the lights will be turned on by the Sugar Plum Fairy. We have a few slots for businesses to have a gazebo to promote themselves.

On December 4th we will be hosting our Christmas Fayre on Upper Richmond Road, which this year it coincides with Small Business Saturday. It is a wonderful day full of community feeling, as well as an opportunity to attract new customers into your business. There will be also be live music, free children’s shows of The Nutcracker and – of course – minced pies and mulled wine.

In 2020 we partnered with Elmer the Patchwork Elephant by David McKee to bring a splash of colour to Putney for Christmas. There was a special Elmer trail through Putney with QR codes for children to complete, which gave people the chance to win free treats and offers from some of Putney’s businesses. We also provided businesses with bunting to decorate their venues over the Christmas period.

In 2019, we hosted two spectacular festive events in Putney starting with our annual Christmas Light Switch-On Party and the Upper Richmond Road Christmas Fayre. For the Christmas Lights, 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.

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.

The Boat Race will return to its Putney home on 3rd April 2022. For more information on The Boat Race, visit

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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