Where: On the River Thames at Days Lock, Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire
£: Individual entry into the championships costs £2 and team entry costs £12 (teams must register online prior to the event).
What is it?
The 2014 World Pooh Sticks Championships will be held on the River Thames at Days Lock, Little Wittenham on Sunday 30th March.
The World Pooh Sticks Championships started when the lock keeper noticed walkers recreating Winnie the Pooh’s pastime on the River Thames and hit on the idea that this would be an excellent way of raising money for his favourite charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The event took off and today the championships has become so well known across the world that it attracts up to 1,500 people and enjoys local, national and worldwide television coverage.
On Sunday 30 March 2014, heats and finals will be held to determine the Individual World Champion and the Team World Champions. Once again it will be organised by the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires with help from the Rotary Club of Wallingford, Sinodun & District (WSD) as well as other local Rotary and Rotaract clubs. Members of Little Wittenham village will provide teas and cakes outside the parish church of St Peters, WSD Rotary Club will be firing up the BBQ and there will be plenty of other activities on both bridges across the Thames. As the championships fall on Mothering Sunday this year, the organisers will be presenting a prize to the ‘Best Fancy Dressed Mum’ and are encouraging children to get involved in dressing up their Mums for the day.
Monies raised at the event go to the RNLI, Little Wittenham Church and various charities supported by the Rotary Clubs of Oxford Spires and Wallingford, Sinodun & District.
The Earth Trust will also be open for one of their two annual Lambing Weekends (22nd – 23rd and 29th – 30th March) at Little Wittenham. So why not make a whole day trip of it and head to the lock for Pooh Sticks then walk up the hill to see the new-born lambs? As well as being able to visit the lambing sheds, there will be plenty of fun-filled activities on offer, including tractor and trailer rides, bale climbing and children’s craft activities. Refreshments will be on sale in the Poem Tree cafe.
You may also like to visit Pendon Model Railway Museum, in the neighbouring village of Long Wittenham, which preserves the idyllic rural scene and transport of the 1920s and 30s in miniature form.
More info: www.pooh-sticks.com