When: 8th October 2017, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Where: The Shuckburgh Arms, Southwick, near Oundle, Northamptonshire PE8 5BL
£: Admission for spectators costs £5 for adults, £2 for children and £10 for a family. Parking is free. To take part in the championships costs £10 and players should enter in advance online
What is it?
The World Conker Championships will take place on Sunday 8th October at The Shuckburgh Arms in Southwick, Northamptonshire.
The World Conker Championships first took place on Ashton village green, surrounded by horse-chestnut trees, in 1965. It was said to have started after the regulars at a local pub couldn’t go on a fishing trip. They decided to have a game of conkers instead with a small prize for the winner. Today the event is staged nearby in Southwick with competitions for men, ladies, and juniors.
All conkers and laces for the championships are supplied by Ashton Conker Club. Each player takes three alternate strikes at the opponent’s conker. The game is decided when one of the conkers is smashed.
The competition kicks off at 11am with a parade of players. The competitors play on white podiums in the arena and have to play through various rounds until a winner emerges. The winner is then led to the Conker Throne and crowned with conkers.
In addition to the championships there will be plenty of family friendly entertainment, including a fancy dress competition, juggling workshops, a living history encampment, Morris dancing, live music, stalls, a climbing wall and a guide dog demonstration.
The proceeds from the World Conker Championships will go to charity. Since 1965 the event has raised £415,000 for good causes.