Take Your Places for 156th Boat Race

Great days out in Furnivall Gardens and Bishops Park

The 156th Boat Race comes to West London on Easter, Saturday April 3 and Hammersmith and Fulham offers two great vantage points to catch all the action and enjoy an afternoon of family fun.

Bishop’s Park in Fulham and Furnivall Gardens in Hammersmith will both have giant TV screens showing the race, as well as a bar and other refreshments and kids' activities including a bouncy castle and face painting.

The first Boat Race took place in 1829 after Cambridge challenged Oxford to a race on the Thames. The modern race still runs along the same lines and has now become a major international sporting occasion drawing millions of viewers from around the world.

On race day up to 250,000 spectators crowd the banks of the Thames to witness the action. The race actually runs through four London boroughs, but Hammersmith and Fulham is the only borough to host public viewing on both the Thames path and on large screens.

Following Oxford’s victory last year, Cambridge now leads the overall series by 79 wins to 75, with the sides having drawn in a dead heat just once in the 1800s. Events in the parks begin at noon, and the race itself is at 4.30pm.

For further information, contact the council's Events Team on 0845 337 0314 or email events@lbhf.gov.uk

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The Boat Race