In a little over a week, the annual Oxford-Cambridge Goat Race will once again set pulses racing at Spitalfields Farm. Two goats compete in a short sprint event to prove categorically which university is the best. (We believe some hoorays in boats will be doing something similar on the same day.)
This year, the race will be supported by even more stalls, music, food and drink so that chevre-spotters have plenty of entertainment while they wait for the main event. To pay for the increased festivities, ticket price has gone up to £10 (adult) and £1 (‘kids’), but all proceeds go towards running the farm, which is a registered charity.
The race takes place on Sunday 6 April sometime between 1pm and 5pm, doors at noon. For those worried about the animals’ welfare, the organisers are very keen to point out how well the animals are treated.
In other goat news
Researchers just down the road at Queen Mary University of London recently found that goats are more intelligent than previously believed.
Find out more about our capricious friends in our goat-fanciers guide to London.
Finally, we can highly recommend Goat Simulator 2014, the best game about being a goat you will ever play.