When: 22nd June 2013 from 2pm (gates open at 1pm)
Where: Willaston County Primary School, Willaston, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 6QQ
£: Worm charming costs £5 to take part. Admission costs £1 and concessions 50p.
What is it?
Ever since 1980 the village of Willaston has been the centre of the worm world as people gather to compete to charm the most worms.
This year’s event will be held on the 22nd June at the local school. Each competitor has a 3 x 3 metre plot costing £5 and 30 minutes in which to charm as many worms from the ground as possible. No digging is allowed but other methods such as playing music or creating vibrations with a garden fork are often used.
Mr Tom Shufflebotham first set the bar in 1980 when he raised 511 worms but the record is currently held by Miss S and Mr M Smith who charmed a whopping 567 worms in 2009.
Winners receive a trophy in the shape of a golden rampant worm for charming the most worms and a silver worm trophy for charming the heaviest worm. The heaviest worm recorded weighed 6.6 grams and was charmed by Mr J Overstall in 1987.
For those worried about what becomes of the many charmed worms, fear not, they are released (after the birds have gone to roost) in the evening.
More info: www.wormcharming.com