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Ten Things to do in the UK and Europe before you die.

Pamplona Running of the Bulls1. Pamplona Spain –  Running of the Bulls

Takes place as part of the Seven day festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain. The festival takes place every year from the 6th of July until the 14th with the first bull run on the 7th followed by one each morning of the festival. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

 

Gloucester Cheese Rolling2. Cheese Rolling

The annual cheese rolling competition takes place on Coopers Hill which is in Brockworth nr Gloucester. There are 5 races (one ladies), which entails chasing a 8lb Double Gloucester cheese down a very steep hill. The first person to make it to the bottom of the hill wins the cheese, with small cash pries for runners up There are also uphill races inbetween each cheese race. The event takes place on the spring bank holiday but the 2010 and 2011 official events were cancelled. Unofficial races still took place and there were surprisingly very few injuries.

 

Redbull Flugtag3. International Birdman

The International birdman is an annual event which takes place in Bognor Regis whereby competitors attempt to fly their home made flying contraptions off the end of the pier with the aim of flying the furthest distance. There is a mix of entrants consisting of basically hang gliders looking to claim the £30,000 prize for reaching 100m and those in fancy dress entering for charity.

 

 

 

 

La Tomatina

4. La Tomatina

Is held in the town of Bunol, Spain on the last Wednesday of August each year and consists of a Tomato fight on a massive scale. Tens of Thousands decend on the town for the one hour event, whereby around 100,000 metric tons of tomatoes are brought in by lorries to then be thrown at each other during this annual event. The fight is just part of a week long festival which will include a Paella cooking competition and lots of music and fireworks.

 

Maldon Mud Race5. Maldon Mud Race

Has taken place every year since 1973 and involves a 400m race across the bed of the River Blackwater which is in Maldon, Essex. The event is organised by the local Lions and rotary club and raises money for various charities which are nominated annually. Entrants start from one bank at low tide, cross the mud and water to the other, before returning back the same way. It’s believed the event started in 1973 after a pub local was challenged to deliver a meal on the riverbank whilst wearing a tuxedo.

 

Oktoberfest6. Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest runs from the end of September to early October over a 16 day period in Munich. It consists of over 5 million visitors basically downing large quantities of locally brewed beer (over 6 million litres), averaging around 1.14 litres of beer per person. There are numerous large tents offering differing atmospheres and beverages including local delicacies and Oompah, Oompah music. The festivities are kicked off at 12pm when the Mayor taps the first keg.

 

Palio Di Siena7. Palio Di Siena

Occurs every July and August in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders take part in a race around the Piazza del Campo riding bareback and wearing the colours of their city wards. The race is allegedly quite corrupt and there is lots of cheating which makes for a very entertaining race, with lots of events. There are 2 palios, One in July and one in August and both are part of a four day festival which is planned all year. The races are preceeded by a flamboyant pageant called the Corteo Storico which is a medieval costumed parade.

 

shrovetide football

8. Royal Shrovetide Football

Is an annual football match with a difference. It takes place on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday in the town of Ashbourne, Derbyshire. The Two teams known as the Upards and the Downards consist of those born north of Henmore Brook which runs through the town (Upards)  and those born south (Downards). Each team tries to get a large ball to the opposing sides scoring post which are 3miles apart and in the middle of the river. The ball can be carried or kicked but is generally moved via a giant scrum. There is no limit to the number of players and rules include, no play after 10pm, cemeteries are out of bounds and no commiting murder or manslaughter.

 

Three peaks Challenge9. Three Peaks Challenge

Consists of climbing Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland usually within 24 hours. You should aim to climb Snowdon in a maximum of 4 hours whilst doing the other 2 in around 5 hours. There are various suggested routes and start/finsihing places.

 

 

 

 

Bog Snorkelling10. Bogsnorkelling

The Annual Bogsnorkelling world championships take place in Llanwrtyd Wells, Mid Wales every August bank holiday. There are 60 yard Bogsnorkelling races or you can enter the triathlon championship race which starts with a 12 mile cross country run, followed by Bogsnorkelling a 60 yard bog, then onto a 25 mile mountain bike ride.

 

 

 

 

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