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Robert Dover's Games & Scuttlebrook Wake

Every year, the beautiful Cotswold town of Chipping Campden celebrates the season with a series of strange and time-honoured sports, and some even stranger costumes...

Captain Robert Dover inaugurated the Cotswold Olympick Games in 1612, using the natural amphitheatre of Dovers Hill on the outskirts of the Gloucestershire parish for a number of bizarre contests. Shin-kicking, tug-of-war, obstacle races and various other activities have taken place there each year ever since.

The first day of competition is concluded with a torch-lit procession to the town square. The following day's entertainment includes traditional dancing, a funfair and musical entertainment, with people coming from miles around to enjoy the event.

Robert Dover. Courtesy of Stuart Millman.

Robert Dover's Games & Scuttlebrook Wake Information

When: Jun 2013 (annual)

Where: Chipping Campden

Cost: £6; 5-14 year olds £3; under 5s free

Opening Hours: 2pm-12am

Address: Chipping Campden

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