Saturday 17 March 2018

Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling

Monday 28 May 2018

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The Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling is expected to return in 2018, with spectators flocking from far and wide to see the world-famous sporting action on Cooper’s Hill.

Gloucestershire’s Cooper Hill has been host to the traditional cheese rolling event since the 1800s, but health and safety concerns meant the event was officially cancelled in 2010.

Since then however, triumphant spectators and loyal competitors have continued to descend on Cooper’s Hill, determined to keep this world-famous tradition alive – with this year’s event set to take place on Monday 28 May 2018.

The slope on Cooper’s Hill in Gloucester, the setting for the world-famous event, is in fact so steep that very few contestants manage to stay on their feet, instead tumbling head-over-heels down the hill in a desperate effort to catch the coveted dairy prize – a weighty 8lb Double Gloucester.

Check out SoGlos’s video of the 2016 cheese rolling action below, or visit our dedicated YouTube channel at for more viral videos of the Gloucestershire tradition, from as far back as 2007.

While in reality the cheese can never actually be caught – with a brief headstart it soon reaches breakneck speeds – the race winner is the first person to cross the line at the bottom of the hill. Some contenders sadly don’t make it all the way down though, and instead lie in wait for help. St John Ambulance used to be on-hand during official versions of the event, before it was cancelled.

The highest injury toll in recent years occurred in 1997 when 33 competitors were treated for everything from splinters to broken bones, and in 2005 races were delayed as ambulances delivered victims to the local hospital before returning to wait for the next batch of casualties.

See the Gloucesterhire wacky events guide for more unusual events in the county.

Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling 2018
Cooper’s Hill, Gloucester, GL3 4SB
Monday 28 May 2018
The first race traditionally starts at 12pm
Free of charge. Please note, there is likely to be no parking available in the immediate area and the police are expected to close roads on and around Cooper's Hill.
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© SoGlos
Friday 03 February 2017

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