When: 4th June 2017, from 12pm
Where: Langel Common, Witney, Oxfordshire
£: To enter costs £2.50 for each player in the Individual Competitions and £10 for a team of 4 in the Team Games.
What is it?
The annual World Pooh Sticks Championships will take place on Sunday 4th June 2017 at Langel Common in Witney, Oxfordshire.
The event started in Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire, when the lock keeper at Days Lock noticed walkers recreating Pooh’s pastime on the River Thames. The lock keeper hit upon the idea that this would be an excellent way of raising money for his favourite charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The event soon took off and following the lock keeper’s retirement, the Rotary Club of Sinodun took over running the championships for many years, until the 25th anniversary in 2008. The baton (or Pooh Stick, if you will) was then passed on to the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires in 2009. The Rotary Club continue to organise this quirky event, raising around £3,000 each year for charity.
This year the individual games will begin at 1pm and competitors can register on the day from around 12.45pm. Each entrant will receive a competition stick from the ‘Keeper of the Sticks’. The games will continue until around 4pm.
The championships will once again be teaming up with Witney Music Festival, who will provide live music at the event. Other entertainment during the day will include hook a duck and splat the rat games, a craft tent, craft activities and a bouncy castle. There will also be a bar, tea and cake, and a BBQ.