Every year, Dover’s Hill turns into the Mecca of strange sports during Robert Dover’s ‘Cotswold Olimpicks’. This annual event celebrates its 400th Anniversary in 2012 and was originally started in 1612 by a local barrister called Robert Dover. Today the event attracts thousands of spectators. Tug-of-war, throwing the hammer, obstacle races and shin-kicking are some of the activities held during the ‘Olimpicks’. The popular British Shin-Kinking Championship involves two people kicking each other with steel toe-capped boots until one of the contestants is so bruised he cannot stand the pain and gives in.
This event ends with a huge bonfire and fireworks followed by a torchlight procession to the town Square where even more festivities takes place.
If you want to join in on some of the crazy games or just enjoy a festive evening, take yourself down to Dover’s Hill, near Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire this Friday the 4th of June. The Games starts at 7.30pm.