• The 161st university boat race is taking place this year
  • The boat race takes place on London's River Thames
  • The race will be joined by the Newton Women's crew for the first time

The Oxford and Cambridge University boat race is held annually on London's River Thames.

If you're looking for an alternative day out in the capital, the boat race is taking place this year on April 10th and 11th and is free for all to attend.

The races start until around 4pm, be sure to get there early though, as the event attracts up to 250,000 visitors. What's more, this year's race is set to be all the more special, as it’s the first time the BNY Mellon Boat Race will be joined on the Tideway by the Newton Women's Boat Race.

The Oxford and Cambridge will go head-to-head as they race over the four and a quarter-mile course from Putney to Mortlake.

If you're wondering where's best to stand for watching the spectacle, particular areas of interest are Putney Bridge, Craven Cottage, Hammersmith and Barnes, Duke's Meadows, and Chiswick Bridge.

At the start of the race, the umpire will toss an 1829 gold sovereign to determine which side or station the crews will row on.

Last year marked the 160th boat race, which saw Oxford steal the gold title by 11 lengths in a time of 18 minutes and 36 seconds.

Rumour has it that every stroke the race crew members take accounts for approximately two hours of training. Since it takes around 600 strokes to complete the course, that's 1,200 hours of preparation!