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Forget Turkey Sandwiches - Visit One Uks Weird Wonderful

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

From worm charming to onion eating and bog snorkelling the UK has a long history of weird and wonderful events and competitions.

Traditionally the peak of these bizarre but fiercely contested events is Boxing Day when communities all over the UK get together to participate in events steeped in history.

To help you find something a little more unusual to do this Boxing Day, iknow-uk, which runs 13 regional accommodation and hospitality websites covering the UK's most popular tourism destinations, has put together its list of the best weird and wonderful events taking place on 26th December.


Beach Football in Scarborough, Yorkshire

Everyone knows about the UK's fascination with football but Scarborough's annual beach Comic Football Match held on the beach, in aid of charity, is something quite different. Up to 50 people in fancy dress take part in the match which is followed by a Crazy Raft Race in the harbour.


Pagham Pram Race, Sussex

This unusual race which also takes place on Boxing Day has more than 60 years of history having begun in 1946. Ex-servicemen paired up with one as the baby and the other as the pram pusher making sure to down a pint at all of the pubs along a three mile route with the prize of a Christmas cake for the winner.


The race has survived to the present day with teams tearing around the course in the most outlandish fancy dress possible in aid of charity.


Tenby Boxing Day Swim, Wales

Part of a long UK tradition of plunging into the freezing sea in late December the Tenby Boxing Day Swim seas hundreds of bathers, many in fancy dress, sprint into the sea. The day begins with raft and canoe races and a lifeboat launch followed by the brave swimmers taking a dip in the sea.


Similar events also take place in Sunderland and Aberdeen when thousands of people plunge into the North Sea.


Barrell Rolling, Tring, Aylesbury

Work off the excess of Christmas by joining in the traditional barrel rolling competition at the Valiant Trooper pub in the village of Aldbury, near Tring. The contest involves teams of two rolling their barrel through the village and around the duck pond and back to the pub for a pint of ale.


Following that, either watch or take part in another longstanding village tradition of a tug of war match between the Valiant Trooper and Greyhound pubs.


Kenilworth Lions Duck Race, Warwickshire

This fantastic spectacle sees hundreds of rubber ducks released onto Finnham Brook with the winner being first to pass the finish post at the end of Abbey Fields. Ducks cost £1 each and tickets are on sale at various locations around the town. Expect hundreds turning out for the chance to watch and win a prize.






Notes to Editors:


-          iknow-uk ltd launched iknow-yorkshire in September 2003. They have since launched iknow-lakedistrict, iknow-northwest, iknow-cornwall, iknow-devon, iknow-wales, iknow-scotland, iknow-dorset, iknow-kent, iknow-somerset, iknow-sussex, iknow-hampshire and iknow-northeast .

-          April 2009 saw the launch of a comprehensive hospitality section to iknow-yorkshire, which is also available on iknow-lakedistrict, iknow-northwest , iknow-devon, iknow-cornwall and soon to be available on iknow-wales.