Weird and wonderful summer events

Bog snorkelling

So you didn't make it to Japan for the Jamboree hey? Never mind, we’ve rounded up some of the quirkiest, most unusual summer events happening across the UK. This way you can experience the unknown without the 12 hour flight. See, who needs Japan!

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival, 8-16 August

This idyllic village in the Yorkshire Dales will be invaded by scarecrows in August. Follow the trail around the village and solve riddles to find the mystery word. With prizes to be won every day and lots of country baking to sample, it’s a great family day out. The event raises funds for the local school, church and village hall.

Totnes orange race, 18 August

Legend has it that 16th century sailor Sir Francis Drake dropped his basket of oranges on Fore Street in Totnes and the locals chased them down the slope. To commemorate this, the Totnes Elizabethan Society organise the annual Orange Race where competitors must throw or kick their fruit along the 450-metre course.

Hooper’s World Bog Snorkelling Championships, 30 August

According to the Lonely Planet, bog snorkelling is one of the top 50 must-do things from around the world. The aim is to swim two lengths of the murky Waen Rhydd peat bog with flippers and snorkel in the fastest time. There are food and drink stalls, crafts, a bouncy castle and live music, so it's a brilliant day out even if you don't take the plunge.

World Gravy Wrestling, 31 August

How much do you like gravy? Enough to get covered in it from head to toe? You can splash about in the brown stuff at this exciting event. Contestants wrestle in a pool of freshly made gravy for two minutes and are scored on their technical moves and audience applause. It’s held at the Rose & Bowl in Rossendale, Lancashire.

The Bathing Beauties Festival, 5-6 September

The Lincolnshire coast shows off its creative side at this original festival. Artists transform the beach huts in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea into eye-catching mini art and craft galleries. Walk along the promenades to enjoy a programme of street theatre, dance and live music. On Saturday night Mablethorpe hosts a firework display.

Newent Onion Fayre, 12 September

As competitive eating goes, this one doesn’t sound particularly appetising. Bleary-eyed contestants race to consume a raw, peeled onion at this Gloucestershire event. You can also check out the finest allium specimens at The Onion Show. For those tiring of the onion theme, there are fairground rides, street stalls and live music from Abba tribute band Swede Dreamz.

Egremont Crab Fair, 19 September

Witness the world’s finest gurners in action at the Egremont Crab Fair in Cumbria. Local man Tommy Mattinson has been World Gurning Champion for 15 years, could you be the one to take the crown from him? As well as the World Gurning Championships, you can check out the talent show, greasy pole climbing and pipe smoking competitions.


Anything take your fancy? Why not head down to your nearest beach and try some of these great activities? Or how about getting the campfire going and making some of this eggstravagant eggy bread?

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