The Cotswold Olimpicks
Dover’s Hill, Chipping Campden | June
Centuries ahead of the first modern Olympic Games, there were the Cotswold Olimpick Games. Established in 17th-century Chipping Campden by Robert Dover, this sporting festival was more hay-and-hoof than track-and-field. The Olimpicks has had to overcome a fair few hurdles, from Puritanical campaigns to the English Civil War, but its revival in the mid-20th century gave the barmy proceedings a new lease of life. Head-turning events include shin kicking, spurning the barre (think tossing the caber), wheelbarrow racing and tug o’ war. Expect light-hearted, family-friendly shenanigans and lots of mud.