January 18, 2018

Crazy Strange Sports?

While I was doing research on the Strange Games and Unique Festivals in Europe post I found many more “events” that would qualify but didn’t include.  There was one unique thing that a lot of these “events” had in common.  They were all being held somewhere in England!

Let’s celebrate some of the crazy strange sports taking place in England.

Cheese Rolling Festival
This annual event is held on Cooper Hill near Gloucester England.  Competitors stand at the top of the hill and roll a round of Gloucester cheese down the hill, racing after it.  The first to cross the finish line is declared the winner.  Theoretically contestants are supposed to catch the round of cheese at the bottom but the rounds of cheese can reach speeds of up to 70 mph, so that might not be such a good idea!

Cheese Rolling Race Glousester England

Cheese Rolling Racel by by Dave Farrance

World Toe Wrestling Championship
Yes this is a real event that is, in fact, gaining popularity in the UK!  There are even rules for this event that started in the 1970’s.  Both shoes and socks must be removed and it is common courtesy for each wrestler to remove their opponent’s shoes and socks!  After linking toes the match begins and the first to pin their opponent wins.  This year’s event was held in Derbyshire and the final contestants were Paul “Predatoe” Beech and Alan “Nasty” Nash.  Since they have nicknames, they must take this seriously, right?

World Black Pudding Throwing Championship
Otherwise known as Blood Pudding, the World Black Pudding Throwing Championship is held in Ramsbottom and revisits the centuries old rivalry between the Yorkshire and Lancashires!  For this competition, the Yorkshire pudding is set 20 feet high and competitors hurl their black pudding in an attempt to tumble over the stacks of Yorkshire pudding.  The festival like atmosphere makes this sound very intriguing!

Black Pudding Throwing in Ramsbottom England

Black Pudding Throwing by Paul Anderson

Strip Poker World Championship
This event is held in London and probably doesn’t need too much explanation!  Texas Hold ‘em is the game played.  Each competitor starts off with 5 pieces of clothing, which is given to them, and a towel to sit on and cover up with once they have lost all their clothing.  For obvious reasons, no pictures are included 🙂

Strip Poker Championship London England

by RenoTahoe, on Flickr

World’s Biggest Liar Competition
Wasdall England is the location for this annual event looking for the person who can spin the biggest believable yarn!  Each contestant is given 5 minutes to tell the biggest bestest lie without using any props or scripts.  Politicians and Lawyers are not allowed to compete – gee let me guess why?  This contest is held in honor of Will Ritson who was a local pub owner known for his ability at telling larger than life tales.

World Water Bombing Championship
This team competition draws people from all around helping out one of their favorite charities.  All team members must be dressed up.  Some come as babies with diapers, or men dressed in women’s finest and others come as scary ghouls! There are award for the best bombs, costumes and most fund raising but all teams are treated to a wonderful “pie and pea” supper after all the fun is over.

Football in the River
Ok, I’ll admit I included this one not because it is so strange but because it looks like so much fun!  Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire is home to this annual game of medieval football.  Goal posts are set up in the Windrush River and two teams duke it out.  There is a referee whose job it is to keep things civil or at least try.  As you can imagine, spectators who line the banks of the river.  If you’re in England, this year the event will take place on August 29.  Make sure you dress appropriately as you will definitely get wet!



Would you like to see any of these events?

Why do you think so many of these events are held in England?

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  6. Kirk says:

    Toe wresting just sounds weird but obviously some people think its fun! Football in the river is something I could get into though.

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Toe wrestling does seem strange. I agree that the football would be very fun along with some of the others.

  7. They have such a quirky sense of humor in England.

    I have to say you definitely surprised me with this post. These are stranger and crazier than anything I expected to see listed.
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  8. robin says:

    I’ve never been sporty. Maybe toe wrestling is the way to go…
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  9. Oh my word, I would DOMINATE the toe wrestling competition! I may have small feet, but my toes are strong and fierce and remarkably agile. Bring it on, toes of the world!
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  10. Grace says:

    Seriously toe wrestling? toe wrestling??? tsk tsk I find that so wrong.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Yeah, toe wrestling didn’t really appeal to me. I just couldn’t believe they actually have a competition for toe wrestling!

  11. LOL – those are some crazy sports out there! I can’t imagine how they manage to make toe wrestling “intense”?! Would love to one day see any one of the above in real life!

  12. Who thinks these things up? World Toe Wrestling?

    Thanks for such a fun and strange list!
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  13. Good stuff Debbie,
    Now everyone would take the time to research this type of stuff.
    Good go, girl – good post with good content.
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  14. Adrian B. says:

    Yeah! Football in the river is crazy 🙂 I’ll definitely give it a try very soon! And the Cheese Rolling Festival would be very interesting to see, too.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      The Cheese rolling and Black Pudding throwing would both be fun to run into while traveling. Seems like a good time for all.

  15. jade says:

    Football in the river sounds awesome! I love water sports and football- so this would be perfect for me!
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  16. inka says:

    Well, your second question is easy to answer. Because the Brits are the most eccentric people. Only they could invent these sports you describe. How I enjoyed this post of yours, particularly because I’m fond of the Brits too.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I think you’re right, Inka, Brits are eccentric plus they have such a wicked sense of humor! Love them too 🙂

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