Quirky dating events
Quirky dating events
Britain wouldn’t be the same without it’s wealth of quirky events, we’ve rounded up as many as we can think of, so if you fancy a spot of swamp football or perhaps think you could become the World Marble Champion then now’s your chance.THE LOONY DOOK When: 1 January 2012 Where: Grand Parade starts at the Hawes Pier in South Queensferry, Scotland Time: 11am Web: Celebrate the arrival of 2012 by taking part in the incredible Loony Dook, the annual splash in the River Forth in the shadow of the world-famous Forth Rail Bridge.
Over the past 25 years, thousands of people have taken the plunge at the Loony Dook.HAXEY HOOD GAME When: 6 January 2012 (the twelfth day of Christmas) Where: Haxey, near Epworth, North Lincolnshire Time: Fool’s speech outside St Nicholas Church at 14.30 and Main Hood thrown at 15.30 on Hood Field, Cross Hill, Haxey, near Epworth.Every January, the parish of Haxey goes a little crazy for the day.They play a mad game called the Haxey Hood and have been practicing this ancient tradition since the 14th Century. To the spectator, this event is like a rugby scuffle, this is called the sway, in which a leather tube (that represents the hood) is pushed to 1 of 4 pubs where it remains until the following year’s game.It is a tradition that dates back to the 14th century when Lady de Mowbray, wife of landowner John De Mowbray, was out riding one day and her silk riding hood was blown away.Thirteen farm workers in the field rushed to help and chased the hood all over the field.
It was finally caught by one of the farm workers, but being too shy to hand it back to the lady he gave it to one of the others to hand back to her.
She thanked the farm worker who had returned the hood and said that he had acted like a Lord, whereas the worker who had actually caught the hood was a Fool.
She was so impressed by this act of chivalry and the resulting chase that she donated 13 acres of land on condition that the chase for the hood would be re-enacted each year.
This re-enactment over the centuries has become known as “The Haxey Hood”.
WHITTLESEY STRAW BEAR FESTIVAL When: 13 – Where: Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire Time: 10.30 – 15.15 Web: Teddy bears have a place in most children’s bedrooms. Once a year, at the Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival, visitors can see a real-life straw bear.
He will be part of an elaborate parade around the town centre attended by a host of dancers and musicians including Morris Dance teams and sword dancers.