May Madness

Britain has its fair share of quirky traditions and festivals, many of which take place in May. So, if you’re looking for something to do here’s a few we found over the bank holidays.

Elver Eating World Championships

Elver Eating

Venue
The Village Green, Frampton-on-Severn,
GL2 7EP

Dates
Sunday 1 May 2016
12pm onwards
(01452) 741988

 

There is of course an elver eating competition (yes, that’s baby eels), but also a classic car rally and something a bit more to my taste, a sausage eating competition.

Back by popular demand, the Elver Eating World Championships will return to Frampton-on-Severn for its second successive year on Sunday 1 May 2016.

In past generations, elver eels were regarded as a cheap and popular local delicacy, with Frampton known globally as the home of elver fishing. However, following a huge decline in their numbers since the 1970s, the annual elver eating competition had to be cancelled.

Following a four decade absence, this world-famous tradition is back, with organisers using sustainable elvers sourced from Spain – dubbed ‘el-vers’ – due to the real thing being a protected species.

As well as the chance to put their tummies to the test in the eating competition, visitors can enjoy a classic car show, tug o’ war, a barbecue, non-eel-related refreshments and plenty of children’s entertainment.

 

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling

Cheese Rolling

Venue
Cooper’s Hill, Gloucester, GL3 4SB

Dates
Monday 30 May 2016
The first race traditionally starts at 12pm

 

Roll a cheese down the hill and throw yourself after it.

While the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling has a history dating back to at least the 1800s, health and safety concerns saw the event officially cancelled in 2010, creating local and even international uproar from fans of the local tradition. But that hasn’t stopped loyal competitors taking to the hill, and thousands of spectators showing up, to create their own unofficial versions of the world-famous spectacular over the last few years.

And unless new organisers announce an official version of the event, Monday 30 May 2016 will undoubtedly see another unofficial Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling, with hordes of fearless contestants chasing a weighty 8lb Double Gloucester cheese down a death-defyingly-steep hill.

 

Annual Woolsack Races

Tetbury Woolsack Races

Venue
Tetbury town centre and Gumstool Hill

Dates
Monday 30th May 2016
10am onwards
07900360292

 

Competitors race along a 240 yard course carrying a woolsack (weighing 60lbs for men and 35lbs for women). It’s through the race developed in the 17th century when young farmers would try to impress the ladies by showing how strong and fit they were by carrying the woolsacks.

While the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling has a history dating back to at least the 1800s, health and safety concerns saw the event officially cancelled in 2010, creating local and even international uproar from fans of the local tradition. But that hasn’t stopped loyal competitors taking to the hill, and thousands of spectators showing up, to create their own unofficial versions of the world-famous spectacular over the last few years.

And unless new organisers announce an official version of the event, Monday 30 May 2016 will undoubtedly see another unofficial Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling, with hordes of fearless contestants chasing a weighty 8lb Double Gloucester cheese down a death-defyingly-steep hill.

 

And there’s more…

Of course if you want to have a go at some of the more wacky events held throughout the year (and even across the globe), there’s the beer mile in North America – Participants drink a can of beer then set out on 4 x 400 laps of the track, chugging another can before each lap. Anyone who vomits has to do a penalty lap.

Animal lovers might want to have a go at Ferret Legging (this is a Yorkshire based activity) – tying the bottom of the trouser legs closed and dropping a ferret down by your nether regions. This is a male only sport, and no underwear is permitted.

For the more adventurous (and definitely not shy), there’s the Nude Beach Olympics in San Francisco. Events include sprints, wrestling, javelin, Frisbee, long jump and volleyball.

If you take part in any of these events, or some other weird and wonderful championship, let us know how you get on @Niton999, @TacticalTim999, studio@niton999.co.uk