Wacky and Unusual Days Out in England

If you're looking for something really out of the ordinary to brighten your England holidays, you don't have to look far.

The English have always had a reputation for eccentricity and we also do the wacky rather well.

Many places in England preserve (and continue to practise) customs that can only appear wild and wonderful to a generation raised on comparatively sedate TV programs and computer games, but that make delightfully wacky days out in England.

Take cheese rolling, for example.

The 'civilised' version of that ancient art is practised in Stilton, where teams roll wooden truckles along the road between two pubs. Whoever gets their "cheese" to the end fastest gets the beer and the accolade.

But there's a "dark side" to cheese rolling, and that one's practised in Gloucester. Here, the competitors hurl themselves down a seriously steep hill chasing a Double Gloucester Cheese! Fun to watch, but I would not recommend taking part.

If you like your fun with a bit more tradition, you could watch the tournament of jesters during the Festival of Fools at Muncaster Castle.

You could try your hand at nettle eating or enter the Black pudding throwing championships.

Classic Car

You could cheer classic cars (or pigs) around a race track, or try your balance during a pancake race.

Or if you have a taste for the wacky side of history, try taking part in the 400-year-old Cotswold Olimpicks.

If you love sport, then England is definitely the place for you. There are football, rugby and cricket matches almost every weekend somewhere in England. Sailing and rowing regattas are popular and so is horse racing.

Have you ever been greyhound racing? It's surprisingly good fun, even if you can just about tell one end of a dog from another.

What about snail racing? Or Morris dancing?

Or how about cycling? The biggest spectacle of the lot has to be the annual Tour of Britain, England's biggest live sporting event. If you're in the vicinity, make sure you catch a glimpse as it whizzes past you and marvel at the speed, the colours and the enthusiasm of those watching!

Mountain biking and BMX are popular - and usually free to watch, like the Tour of Britain. And if you're in Manchester, you positively MUST look in at the Velodrome. The GB track squad train there and they put on regular competitions and events that are eminently watchable.

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