5 weird and wacky British events for August bank holiday 2013

Still not sure what to do this long weekend? We’ve found everything from gravy wrestling to bog snorkelling and dragon racing to keep you busy…

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Yes Reading and Leeds Festival, Notting Hill Carnival and Manchester Pride are all happening this weekend, but Britain will also host some of the most bizarre events on the planet. If you’re look for something utterly new to try this bank holiday we may have just the answer…

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1. Gravy Wrestling Championships, Lancashire

Date: August 26

Bonkers northerners swap mud for gallons of gravy at this hugely entertaining wrestling event. In order to compete you must be wearing fancy dress and will gain points by holding down your opponent in the brown, tasty sludge, plus getting the loud laughs and the loudest applause, worldgravywrestling.com


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2. Beaumaris Medieval Festival, Anglesey, Wales

Date: August 24, 25 and 26

Every year crowds flock to this atmospheric castle built in the 14 century to watch eccentric folk reliving the Middle Ages. Some play ancient instruments, some dress head to toe in medieval armour, while others wield swords and race dragons. Visitors can join in the festivities and get involved in workshops from knight school to jester juggling school, cadw.wales.gov.uk


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3. Zombie Blitz 1940, London

Date: August 25

A company called Wish has set up a day of Cockney v Zombies creepy fun in the dark tunnels below Waterloo station. Here, actors dressed as soldiers and zombies will scare the bejesus out of you in a 1940 Blitz-style game. In the passageways participants will come across horror scenes and interactive role play scenarios… not for the faint of heart, wish.co.uk


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4. Bourton Football in the River, Cotswolds

Date: August 26

This unusual wet, noisy football match has taken place every summer for the past 70 years at the River Windrush. Spectators screech from the sidelines, while watching locals splash in to action, push each other over and fall over the plastic ball in this raucous competition. The excitement also continues after the game with a fete on the village green. cotswolds.info


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5. Bog Snorkelling Championships, Llanwrtyd in Powys, Wales

Date: August 25

This year will mark the 28th World Bog Snorkelling Championships, where another group of raving loons will race each other in a peat bog, with only a snorkel to stop them swallowing the gunk. The rules are simple – you can only use your legs to propel you forwards (but you may wear fins). green-events.co.uk


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