Looking for an in rude health activity? Look no further. The ultimate list of the weird and wonderful events happening all across the UK.
Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling – Gloucester
Gloucester Cheese Rolling is an event that has been going on for 200 years and takes place in the small town of Brockworth at Coopers Hill. The aim is to roll a wheel of cheese down a steep hill and try to beat it to the bottom and ultimately catch the cheese if you can. Although this is almost impossible as the Gloucester Cheese weighs 9lbs and can reach up to 70mph. The event attracts hundreds of people each year and has become a treasured tradition you don’t want to miss. If you want to take part in this extreme sport all you have to do is turn up and make your way up the hill.
Worm Charming Championships – Willaston:
This light-hearted event is in Willaston and has been taking place since 1980. The idea is to try to coax as many worms out of the ground as you can using different wacky methods, one of them being a rod called a ‘stob’ that is pushed into the ground and bashed with another rod known as a ‘roping iron’. Each contestant gets 3×3 area of land to charm their worms in, with one couple managing an amazing 567 worm count in 2009.
Greasy Pole – Norfolk:
This event takes place at Blakeney Quay where people have to walk or run across a 30 ft wooden pole which is suspended above seawater and reach the end whilst still standing. The pole is heavily greased which makes it near impossible to not fall off, with only 1 in 5 managing to reach the end. Hundreds gather every year to watch the daredevils and as long as you are 12 years or older you can also participate in the event.
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The Great British Skinny Dip – Nationwide:
This event encourages you to try costume-free swimming with hundreds of eager swimmers all over the UK. The whole idea is to help people become more confident in their bodies and to shake off your clothes – and your worries – and take the plunge. You can run your own event or if that’s too much hassle you can join a pre-organised one, either way it’s an experience you don’t want to miss out on.
Don’t live in the UK or looking for activities abroad? Check out this list for Weird and Unusual Competitions all around the globe.