Welcome to the Cantabs Bumps website. This site is for Cantabs Members to see daily updates in the run-up to and during bumps, with links to key dates, crew information, and anything else that might be useful. There is also some history for those who want to see how Cantabs crews have done in previous years.

2018 Bumps will run from Tuesday 17th July to Friday 20th July.

Please contact Gill (secretary@cantabsrowing.org.uk) if you have any feedback or suggestions.

Please can you help?

Every crew racing in bumps generates about 25 volunteer slots that need filling, to act as marshals or bank party for the crews. Some crews will struggle to find those 25 volunteers, whereas others may have resources to spare; every piece of help is extremely useful. Here are some ways you can help, or get friends and family to help on your behalf. Prompt sign-up very much appreciated!

  • Sign up to be a marshal: <LINK FOR 2018 TO BE ADDED SOON>
    • Note: Make sure you read the instructions (follow links on the sign-up sheet) so you know what to do and turn up to control before the start of your time-slot to sign in
  • Sign up to be in a bank-party: <LINK FOR 2018 TO BE ADDED SOON>

See the "Help!" page for more information


There is general information for spectators here.

If you have supporters who would prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle of the towpath, they can watch from the First Post Field* in Fen Ditton on any night of the bumps. There is no need to book; parking is available at £2 per car per night. Milton Brewery will provide a beer tent every night, and it is rumoured they will have pies too! They are providing some seating, but if you want guaranteed seating, it might be as well to bring a folding chair or picnic blanket.

The Plough pub in Fen Ditton will doubtless be a popular place to watch, especially for later divisions when the bumps tend to happen further upstream than the earlier ones.

TBC FOR 2018: There will be a ferry service between The Plough and the towpath opposite running each day between 4:30pm and the end of the last division. Crossings will cost £2 per person, with profits going to the East Anglian Children’s Hospices charity.

*In the background of the photo at the top of this page


The Beer Tree is a spot on the towpath between the Railway Bridge and Peter's Posts (near P&E) where Milton Brewery beer is available in exchange for a donation to charity (this year's charity is Parkinson's UK). Follow the towpath down from Race Control to find it.

There will also be a pop-up cafe, ~20 yards downstream from Race Control, which will be selling homemade cakes, soft drinks and water, with wine available for a donation, between 4pm and 9pm throughout Bumps. Proceeds go to the local charity Born to be Beautiful.

After racing on Friday 20th July, Cantabs crews and friends will be celebrating with a Hog Roast at the Cantabs boathouse. All welcome. See more details, and buy tickets here. Tickets must be purchased by Sunday 15th July, so that correct quantities of pig, veggie alternatives and beer can be ordered. Some soft drinks will be supplied; you are welcome to bring alternative/additional beverages.

Parking near Cantabs

Please remember that no cars should be parked on the estate, the access road to Cantabs or on the grass adjacent to the access road. There is plenty of free parking in the nearby streets (e.g. Church St, St Andrews Rd, Logans Way) that can be used when racing.

Please lock bicycles securely - there have been thefts in bumps week in previous years, mostly of bicycles left unlocked or secured with flimsy locks. Please use the best lock you have to secure your bicycle! There are cycle stands through the estate and outside St Andrews Church, and a cable along the brick wall at Cantabs. Please do not lock bicycles along the wooden walkway alongside the boathouse as this passageway is important for wheelchair access.

150th Anniversary

The first town bumping races took place in 1868. To mark the 150th Anniversary of this, a celebratory dinner will take place on 14th July 2018, to which anyone involved with rowing past or present who would like to join in the celebration is invited. See http://www.crarowing.co.uk/bumps150dinner for details. The deadline for ticket purchases is 30th June.

Bumps trivia

2018 sees the joint-largest ever Cantabs entry into the CRA Bumps with 27 crews hoping to take part. This is the same size as our 2017 entry, when Cantabs crews make up nearly 24% of the entry: 15 of the 65 men's crews and 12 of the 48 women's crews.

Bumps Charity

Money raised from the Beer Tree and fines from the 2018 Bumps will be donated to Parkinson's UK.