Robert Dover's Cotswold Olimpick Games

Embrace the weird and the wacky this summer, when the competitive Cotswold Olimpick Games returns in June 2023.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
Gather your craziest friends and family members to enjoy a wacky day out at Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpick Games 2023.

Expect fascinatingly weird sporting trials - including a wacky shin-kicking competition - with the annual Robert Dover's Cotswold Olimpick Games set to return this summer 2023.

Dating back to the early 1600s, the unmissable event takes place within the natural amphitheatre of Chipping Campden’s Dover’s Hill on Friday 2 June 2023, with a selection of traditional contests sure to thoroughly entertain visitors.

A family-friendly day of fun, there's something for everyone to enjoy, including a half-mile Junior Circuit run to take part in - ideal for kids with a competitive streak who want to get in on the action; get drenched in the Championship of the Hill race; or test your strength in the Tug O’War competition.

The day will of course culminate with the iconic shin-kicking - sure to induce plenty of winces from spectators!

Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpick Games kicks off at 4pm with its own opening ceremony - complete with the official lighting of its beacon of fire - featuring fireworks and traditional British fayre, offering refreshments to keep visitors going throughout the afternoon.

The sporting events will conclude as the sun sets over the Malvern Hills, with each Olimpick participant receiving a medal to take home and show off. 

Finally, the Coventry Corps of Drums will lead a torch-lit procession back to the village of Chipping Campden where festivities continue into the night, with groovy live music in the Town Square from Uncle Funk & The Disco Inferno.

Tickets cost £8 per adult and £3.50 per child and games participants can register on the night.

Event

Robert Dover's Cotswold Olimpick Games 2023

Venue

Dover's Hill, Chipping Campden

Dates

Friday 2 June 2023

Times

Gates open at 4pm with the opening ceremony taking place from 6.45pm

Admission

Tickets cost £8 per adult and £3.50 per child.

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