Work, play and relax on the river

Hundreds of rowers will descend on the River Thames next month as Abingdon’s renowned annual boat race returns for the 35th time.

Around 360 boats from across the UK will make waves as they race against the clock in one of the best events on the River Thames – the Abingdon Spring Head of the River Rowing Festival.

Last year drew record crowds from the town on a beautiful hot spring day, congregating on Abingdon’s Rye Farm Meadow and along the race course, leading past the marina towards Culham weir.

And if the rowing is not enough for you, there will also be a BBQ, beer tent, tea and cakes and Morris dancing to cater for all tastes.

The event supports the town’s rowing club, which runs the event. Any proceeds raised from the event are re-invested into the club.

An Abingdon Rowing Club spokesperson said: “This is a great opportunity to support and invest in one of Abingdon’s largest business and leisure assets – the River Thames.

“The Thames is Abingdon’s hidden jewel, a lively hub of residential, leisure, recreational and sporting investments.

“The ‘river’ community is where residents and visitors like to meet to work, play and relax.”

The festival, which will take place at Rye Farm Meadow from 9.30am on Sunday, April 8, is free to watch.

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