Where: Cooper’s Hill, Painswick, Gloucestershire
What is it?
Cheese rolling has been taking place at Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire since the 1800s, and despite the official event closing in 2010, it still attracts a crowd of crazy cheese rolling fans.
Traditionally there are five different races down the hill but each begin with a round double Gloucester cheese being hurled down the hill followed by the competitors who attempt to catch the cheese. No one ever manages to capture the rolling cheese as it hurtles down the hill but the winner is usually the person to reach the bottom first. Due to the steepness of the hill, competitors are frequently seen tumbling head over heels as they attempt to reach the cheese. The brave or crazy winners receive a double Gloucester cheese as their prize.
Although there were no injuries reported at last year’s event, please beware that this unusual sport has caused broken bones and other injuries over the years, so if you are thinking of taking part do bear this in mind.
Watch last year’s event to get a flavour of this mad cap tradition.