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Hen Ideas

BOAT RACE: Oxford vs Cambridge

Red7 Blogs , March 27, 2016

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The annual Boat Race this Sunday 27th March will have many of you split. You might pick a team based on who you think is likely to win or you might make a decision based on which city you like best. If you fall into the latter group then here’s everything you need to know about each place, the universities and the race itself to help you decide who to back.
And who knows, it might even encourage you to plan your hen weekend to one these beautiful cities, or at the very least, join the crowd riverside to cheer on the teams!

Held annually since 1856, the race takes place on the River Thames starting at Putney Bridge and ending at Mortlake, which may inspire you to organise a weekend away with your best friends to our gorgeous capital city so you can watch the race from the river bank!

Cambridge has won 81 races to Oxford’s 79 (with one dead heat in 1877) and also holds the record for fastest race set at 16minutes and 19secs in 1998. If you’re taking a trip to Cambridge, you may like to try your hand at the famous punting on the River Cam whilst enjoying the beautiful sights of the city.

Much like Cambridge, Oxford offers many water related activities, however if you’re looking for something different we’ve put together a few other ideas to get your hen weekend off to the best possible start.


Oxford City Skyline

Boasting a rich heritage, it’s no surprise that the buildings of Oxford are stunning. From the university sites to Bodleian Library, you’ll find plenty of period buildings in the city and what better way to fully experience the architecture of Oxford than by pitching up in one of the city centre hotels. You’ll get a good taste of the cities bohemian atmosphere and will be free to explore all the sites with ease.

Oxford has many things to keep you busy whilst you’re in town, from the university and museums to the river and parks. If the river does take your fancy then why not hop on a river cruise at sunset for a slightly different way to take in the sights of the city? Combined with a tasty picnic, you can experience the scenery whilst leisurely meandering down the Thames.

If the competitive nature of the Boat Race is still running through you, how about trying your hand at some of the more adventurous activities that Red7 can offer? Paintballing is always a favourite as long as you don’t mind a few bruises, while both treasure hunts and assault courses can lend themselves well to a more adventurous hen weekend.

After the high adrenaline activities of the day, you’ll definitely be needing down time and a bit of relaxation in the charming surroundings of Oxford centre before taking yourself to one of the many restaurants, bars or clubs for a big send off to remember.


Punting on the River Cam, Cambridge

Like Oxford, Cambridge has a long history behind it with the university founded in 1209, meaning there’s plenty of beautiful architecture to be explored on a hen do in the city.  Whether it’s the Kings College Chapel or the 14th Century Pembroke College buildings, there’s no better way to explore than on foot, as most of Cambridge is pedestrianised with cobbled streets.

Turn sightseeing into a fun game with your friends and see the best of Cambridge with a self-guided treasure hunt, or for those who just want to relax and see the sights, then a punting tour on the River Cam is the ideal activity to really appreciate the buildings of the university colleges, sit back, sip champagne, and let the guide take you down the river on the unusual flat ended boats – a must whilst in the city.

Home to over 100 pubs, you are spoilt for choice when looking for a place to drink!  Whether it’s home comforts and old fashioned pubs you’re after, or maybe sophistication in a wine bar, you’re guaranteed to find a venue perfect for your group, all before heading out to Cambridge’s favourite nightclub.

Whilst Cambridge is all about the relaxing, for those who are looking for something a bit different, we can offer other alternative activities that will have you fitting in with the locals in the countryside such as clay pigeon shooting, or enjoying something a little naughtier with a pole dancing class.

Whatever activity you’re thinking about, Red7 will be on hand to make it happen. Just don’t go dunking anyone in any rivers! That’s a tradition that can be left with the participants of the Boat Race.


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