Stacksteads World Gravy Wrestling Championships

Where: Stacksteads, Lancashire at the Rose n Bowl on Newchurch Road
When: August Bank Holiday Monday
Time: 12 noon


Legs akimbo

The noble art of gravy-wrestling is a comparative newcomer to the sporting scene, beginning in 2007. Competitors must wrestle in a 16-foot pool of Lancasire Gravy for 2 minutes and are scored on technique as well as their ability to please the crowd. Rules are similar to regular wrestling,but with the added bonus of gravy! What’s not to like? At intervals the gravy pool is topped up with steaming fresh supplies from barrels prepared earlier in the day, and when some rounds are hard to call the judges ask the crowd for their opinion. Between rounds the competitors are hosed down by the local fire brigade, and the winner of each round goes forward into quarter and semi-finals with classes for men and women, before the all important final championships and the presentation of the silverware.

Helpful Hints

It’s a family-friendly event and anyone can enter for free – but don’t wear your best clothes or swallow too much gravy (it’s likely to be past its best!). Doors open at 12 noon with wrestling starting at 1pm, lasting until around 4.30. Food is available all afternoon.

In 2018 it will be on Monday 27th August.

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