When: 25th May 2015
Where: Cooper’s Hill, near Brockworth, Gloucestershire
£: Free. Anyone is welcome to take part in the cheese rolling event, but please be aware that competitors enter at their own risk.
What is it?
This Spring bank holiday, Monday 25th May 2015, the famous annual Cheese Rolling event will be taking place at Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire.
Cheese rolling has been taking place at Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire since the 1800s, and despite the officially organised event closing in 2010, the custom still attracts a crowd of crazy cheese rolling fans.
Traditionally, there are five different races down the steep slope of Cooper’s Hill. Each race begins 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 90 metres 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. This has led to some pretty unpleasant injuries in the past!
The brave (or crazy) winners usually receive a Double Gloucester cheese as their prize.
More info: www.cheese-rolling.co.uk