When: 6th August 2016 at 2pm
Where: The Dog, Ludham, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR29 5NY
£: Teams of ten are required to take part and it costs £1 per person to enter.
What is it?
This Saturday sees the hotly contested World Dwile Flonking Championships take place in Norfolk. Teams will be heading to The Dog pub in Ludham, to take part in one of the country’s most random games.
But, you are probably thinking, what on earth is Dwile Flonking? It has been described as ‘Norfolk’s traditional drinking game’, but there is more drinking than tradition to the contest. In fact the game is thought to have been made up in the 1960s.
Dwile Flonking essentially gives competitors a good excuse to dress up as ‘yokels’ and drink. This ‘sporting’ event requires two teams of ten people (dressed as simple country folk), and a bucket of beer. One team joins hands and dances around in a circle, whilst a member of the opposite team stands in the middle with a beer-soaked cloth (dwile) on the end of a stick. The team member then spins around and flings (flonks) the cloth with the aim of hitting one of the opponents. Points are scored depending on which part of the body the cloth hits. A hit on the head scores the most points.
If the competitor fails to hit any of the other team members then he has to pay a forfeit. As it is a drinking game, the forfeit is to drink a pot of beer. The competitor must drink the beer in the time it takes the opposite team to pass the cloth along its team members. If the beer isn’t drunk in time then the opposite team get an extra point.