When: 14th July 2018, 12pm – 9pm
Where: Bedford Square Gardens, Bedford Square, London WC1B 3HH
£: Tickets cost £25
What is it?
The Chap Olympiad is one of Britain’s most eccentric sporting events, where smartly dressed ladies and gentlemen compete in games such as Umbrella Jousting and Butler Baiting.
This year’s Olympiad will take place in Bedford Square Gardens in central London, on Saturday 14th July. It will be the 14th year that this quirky gathering of elegant and unathletic chaps has taken place.
The Chap Olympiad is a ‘celebration of sporting ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases’. The games reward panache rather than sporting prowess, and requires the minimum of physical exertion. Events are designed to separate the chaps from the cads. Gentlemen (and ladies) compete to win the coveted bronze, silver and gold cravats, or take a self-congratulatory puff of the Olympiad pipe.
Expect eccentric and silly games such as the Tea Pursuit, Riding Crop Rumpus, Pyongyang Ping Pong and Umbrella Jousting. The dress code for the event, as one might expect, is elegant finery, period military wear, formal wear and dandy wear. No casual clothing or sportswear will be allowed, except for cricketing whites of course.
New for this year, the Olympiad has enrolled the services of BBC presenter Ben Shire as the Master of Ceremonies. Shires, the presenter of Officially Amazing, will be overseeing some rather madcap World Record attempts.
The day will see World Record attempts at The Most Hats Worn While Riding a Bicycle and Tossing a Hat on to a Hat Stand, as well as setting new world records for the Most Ties Knotted in One Minute, Most People Smoking One Pipe and Fastest Sprint Holding a Cup of Tea.
As well as the games, the day will feature live music, cocktails and food, creating a summer fete atmosphere. So, why not polish your monocle, don your finest tweed, and head to The Chap Olympiad?
The Chap Olympiad is organised every summer by The Chap magazine, a magazine for the modern English gent.