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Quirky Event of the Week – World Gravy Wrestling Championships

If you’re in Britain today and like food festivals and wrestling, the Pennine Lancashire Festival of Food & Culture might be the perfect place for you.

Since the festival started 5 years ago, the Pennine Lancashire Festival of Food & Culture has become one of Britain’s most popular food festivals with over 50,000 visitors. The festival offers gourmet food from all over the world. At the festival people can try pony trekking picnics, culinary canal cruises, champagne balloon flights, ale trails, see local singers, comedians, traditional Lancashire dancers and and watch the Knights of the kitchen Charity Cricket Match. But that’s not all. The festival is also home to the World Gravy Wrestling Championships where people dress up in funny clothing and wrestle each other of a pool filled with Lancashire Gravy. This year’s dress code is ‘Fancy’ and ‘Entertaining’ and Everyone can apply on a first come first served basis.

Tickets £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for children (£6 for family of 4) and can be bought at the entrance. So if you don’t have anything better to do today, head down to the Rose N Bowl in Rossendale, Lancashire for a full day of family fun. Click here to find the place on a map. But hurry, the games begin at 12 noon!

For further information, please visit their website: www.worldgravywrestling.com

– Towe

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Quirky Event of the Week – Race the Train

Think you run fast? How about racing a train? On 21st of August, runners gather in the town of Tywyn on the west coast of Wales to try to beat the train to the finish line.

The race is 23 kilometers long and starts at Tywyn Railway Station. Both the train and the runners are started by the train whistle at 2pm. The course follows the old Talyllyn Railway and can be quite tricky as it passes through wide fields, streams, slippery slopes, rocks and steep hills. Good runners can beat the train in about 1 hour and 47 minutes, but many find it difficult.

If you feel you’re not up for the whole length of the race, but want to try beating the train anyway, there are shorter races starting earlier the same day. For the youngest runners there is also a Toddlers Trot starting at 1pm. Entry for all runners (except the Toddlers trot) is on 5th of August.

For timetables, how to get there, further information about the different races and how to enter, visit http://www.racethetrain.com

For tourist information about Wales, please visit our website.

Find Tywyn Railway station on our map.

Have a great run!

– Towe

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Quirky Event of the Week – Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

Each year the little island Isle of Wight, on the south coast of England is host to the world famous Isle of Wight Garlic Festival with arena entertainments hundreds of food stalls. At the huge Garlic Marquee you can try garlic beer, garlic fudge, garlic ice-cream and other delicatessens – everything with garlic flavour.

But even though garlic is the main ingredient, the festival has much more to offer. Try the award winning local lamb at one of the over hundred food stalls at the festival. You can also meet TITAN the Robot or watch one of the many acts on the main arena like the sheep dog trials, magic shows, acrobat acts, stunt artists or the talented pet shows. And when you feel up to it, grab a garlic beer and tap your toes at one of the many concerts at the great stage.

This year’s festival is on 14-15 August in Sandown on Isle of Wight and the festival area is open 10am – 6pm. For more information about the festival and how to get there, please visit The Garlic Festival website or view our Britain map for directions.

And while chewing on that last piece of garlic fudge, take the time to investigate the rest of the beautiful island. Here you can get inspired by some videos on what to do on the island.

For tourist information about Isle of Wight, please visit Isle of Wight Tourism.

– Towe

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Quirky Event of the Week – World Hen Racing Championships

On 7th of August, the streets outside Barley Mow pub in the village of Bonsall in the Peak District turns into a 30-foot long racetrack for Hens.

Bonsall has a long history of hen racing and the races at the Barley Mow began 16 years ago when former landlord and chicken guru Alan Webster, decided it was time to revive this wonderful old tradition. The race is not only all fun and games, there’s also a charity connected to the event, raising money for commercial laying hens to the British Hen Welfare Trust.

So even if you like giving money to charities or just like a good proper hen race – take yourself down to Bonsall, Derbyshire on 7th of August and enjoy a day of n egg-stra fun for the whole family. Find Bonsall on our Britain map.

For further information about the championships, click here
For tourist information about Peak District, click here.

– Towe

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Quirky Event of the Week – Battle Scarecrow Festival

Ever wondered what a tiny town full of scarecrows would look like? Well, wonder no more. Every year in July, the annual Scarecrow Festival takes place in Battle, East Sussex.

Between 2nd and 25th of July more than 40 larger-than-life scarecrows will be set out all around Battle. Every year there’s an new festival theme, and this year it’s ‘Market Day’. The townspeople of this little historic town on England’s south coast use recycled materials to build their scarecrows with. Visitors to the festival can also vote on their favourite scarecrow.

History of Battle
The little town of Battle got its name from the Battle of Hastings, when William, Duke of Normandy defeated the English King Harold in 1066. To celebrate the victory, he founded an abbey on the site and a town gradually grew around it. The Georgian and medieval cottages in the historic town centre remains to this day and makes it a spectacular place to visit, not only for the scarecrow festival. For example, if you like walking, take the beautiful 1066 Country Walk between Pevensey Castle and Rye, Battle will be the city right in the middle of the 50km long historic walk.

So if you’re in south of England in July, and you like history, beautiful scenery and scarecrows – flap down to Battle, find a comfy lamp post or a roof to land on and watch the scary looking people made of hay from above. Or just take a car, if you’d like.

For further information on South East England, please visit www.visitsoutheastengland.com
Find your way to Battle with our Britain Map.

– Towe

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Quirky Event of the Week – ‘Cotswold Olimpicks’

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.

– Towe

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Quirky Event of the Week: Tetbury Woolsack Race

In Scandinavia we like a good sack race at children’s parties or teambuilding events. But while we hop around in the sacks, the people of Tetbury fill them with wool and run with them on their backs. Men carry 27 kg and women 16 kg on a steep hill with a gradient of up to 1:4 in some places – Not a race for the faint-hearted! The race is run between the two pubs Crown Inn and the Royal Oak and the race has even been given world record status.

The race is thought to have originally started on Bank Holiday in the 17th century when local drovers wanted to impress the ladies by showing their strength. So they drank heavily and raced each other uphill with heavy woolsacks on their backs. Nowadays, the event is used for fundraising and still attracts spectators from around the world.

If you’re in Gloucestershire today, take yourself down to Tetbury at lunch time to enjoy the race. For further information about the race, please visit http://www.tetburywoolsack.co.uk. Also, please visit our website for information on tourist attractions in the Gloucestershire area.

Happy Bank Holiday!
– Towe

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