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World Nettle-Eating Championships

The Bottle Inn at Marshwood presents the annual World Nettle-Eating Championships. Each year contestants munch their way through stinging nettle after stinging nettle, without a dock leaf in sight...

The competition began in the 1980s to resolve a dispute between local farmers over who had the longest nettles. Alex Williams brought in a nettle over 15 feet long, and challenged anyone to beat his record, promising to eat his if anyone found a bigger weed. You can guess what happened next. Alex ate his nettle, and the championships were born.

Supporting attractions over the weekend include an all-day Hog Roast and barbecue, live music, children`s entertainment and a beer festival offering at least 15 real ales.

Picture Courtesy of the World Nettle-Eating Championships @ The Bottle Inn

World Nettle-Eating Championships Information


When: Jun 2013 (annual)

Where: Marshwood

Cost: £5; children free

Opening Hours: Nettle eating 6.30pm

Address: Marshwood, DT6 5QJ

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