World Conker Championships

The 2018 World Conker Championships take place on the 14th October, in the grounds of The Shuckburgh Arms, Southwick, near Oundle, Northamptonshire. It starts at 9.30 and finishes approximately 4pm.

This competition, which has seen a number of Geddingtonians not only take part, but winning as well! is organised by Ashton Conker Club and has taken place since 1965.

Organiser (and participator), St John Burkett, said: “This year, however, due to the unusually hot and dry weather conditions, the championship committee may have to import conkers from Germany as the heat has made the conkers grow too quickly and are smaller than usual. The last time we did this was in 1977, after the famous big heatwave.”

The event has a mixture of adult and junior competitions. These both operate as round-based knock-out games, until a winner is found and crowned on their throne.

If you are interested in taking part, then go to www.worldconkerchampionships.com where all the information for doing so can be found. However, for a taster, here below are the rules (click to enlarge):