When: 28th July 2016, from 10am
Where: Rydal Park, Ambleside, Cumbria
£: Admission costs £6 for adults, £3 for youths and under 12s go free.
What is it?
Ambleside Sports takes place on Thursday 28th July at Rydal Park in Cumbria. The annual event features traditional Lakeland sports, with five hours of activities and competitions.
It is thought that there has been a traditional sports day in Ambleside since the 17th century, when cock-fighting and bare fist boxing were the acceptable sports of the day.
From the 1800s onwards wrestling contests took place, but it wasn’t until after the second world war that the modern-day Ambleside Sports began.
Sports at this year’s event will include Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, guides and fell races, hound trails, foot and cycle races, and children’s races.
Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling is believed to have been introduced by the Vikings over 1000 years ago. Competitors from a young age, in traditional dress, meet in the ring.
Those in traditional dress line up prior to the wrestling matches to take part in the costume contest, where their wrestling outfits are judged. The competitors wear vests, Long Johns and velvet trunks, often embroidered with intricate designs.
The wrestlers meet in the ring with a shake of hands, before linking together in a backhold grip to try to wrestle one another to the ground. Each bout is judged over the best of three falls.
In addition to the sporting events there will be stalls, food stands, a beer tent and crafts. There will be children’s rides and games, a climbing wall, zorbing, and circus skills. There will also be live brass and ukelele bands.
The gates will open at 10am, with the first event taking place at 12 noon.
More info: www.amblesidesports.co.uk