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

Save the date for the 2022 switch on which will be held in Church Square on Friday 25th November. Email Nicolagrant@positivelyputney.co.uk if you would like to perform on the stage or are a business wanting a stall.

For 2021 we hosted two special Christmas events with our festive Nutcracker theme. On November 19th, we hosted our annual Christmas Lights switch on. Riverside Radio compered the community stage showcasing our wonderful school and performance groups and the lights were turned on by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

On December 4th we hosted our Christmas Fayre on Upper Richmond Road, which coincided with Small Business Saturday. It was a wonderful day full of community feeling. There was 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 Boat Race will be held on Sunday 26th March 2023. The Women’s race at 4pm, and the Men’s race at 5pm. For more information on The Boat Race, visit http://theboatraces.org/.

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.

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