What’s goatin’ on?
As the Oxford and Cambridge boating rivals prepare to row it out at The Boat Race, on the other side of town a far more harier, haphazard race is taking place. Each year Spitalfields City Farm plays host to The Goat Race where two goats, one named ‘Oxford’, the other ‘Cambridge’, go horn to horn to be crowned King Billy and pick up an edible trophy. This year the big day is Sunday March 29.
Are you kidding me? What time do they race?
The start time is totally dependent on the mood of the athletes, but you can expect them to reach the starting blocks at around 4:30pm. But the fun starts 12noon, when spectators can bleat out bars at Goat-e-oke, take part in the Goatry Slam or join a Coat Race until the competitors are ready to rip up the farm track.
Can I gamble while they ramble?
Yes! There’s an official bookie and sweepstake if you fancy having a punt.
And can I bring my herd?
Yes, but tickets are limited to avoid messing with the goats’ mojo. If you want to go all out you can bag yourself a £50 VIP ticket (for up to 5 people) and get a front-row seat at the race as well as a chance to groom, feed and walk the farm’s goats.
Check out our interview with the farm's co-ordinator ahead of the race...
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