Boat race vs. Goat race

Along with the famous and historic boat race on the Thames, the Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race sees goats strive for glory at Spitalfields City Farm.

The Boat Race

The traditional rowing race between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge is set to take place on Easter Sunday, the 31st of March.

An estimated 250 000 spectators are expected to watch the four-and-a-quarter mile race along the Thames from Putney Bridge to Mortlake.

This year’s race, officially called the BNY Mellon Boat Race, will be the 159th contest between the two teams. Oxford is looking for a win to ensure the university does not fall too far behind. Currently, Cambridge is in the lead with 81 wins, compared to Oxford’s 76. For those of you adding those numbers and wondering where the extra year went, there was also a dead heat in 1877, the only one in history of the boat race.

Cambridge also holds the course record of 16 minutes 19 seconds, which was set in 1998.

The race starts at 4.30pm, but get there early to ensure a great viewing spot.

The Goat Race

If being among a quarter of a million people to watch a 20-minute race is not for you this year, why not attend the quirky alternative to the famous boat race?

Held on the same day as the Boat Race the Goat Race promises a full day of entertainment and fun for the whole family.

Two goats, representing ‘Oxford’ and ‘Cambridge’ respectively will once again race against one another in the 5th annual edition of this wacky event. But it’s not all about the race – there will be a range of activities, as well as market stalls, food stalls, beers and cocktails, craft stands and a bookie and sweepstake tent. Around 2000 people are expected to attend and kids are most welcome.

The event takes place at Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 5AR. Doors open at 1pm and the race begins promptly at 4.30pm. Costs are £5 per adult and £1 each for kids.

Goat Race