East Lancashire Hospice

14th World Gravy Wrestling Championships

29th August 2022, Doors open at 12.30 and the fun starts at 13.00.

Rose ‘n Bowl, Stacksteads, Lancashire

Placed in the top ten of the weirdest ‘sports’ and pastimes, the World Gravy Wrestling Championships will again be held at the Rose ‘n Bowl, Stacksteads, Rossendale, Lancashire.

Hundreds will gather at the famous Lancashire venue, on the August Bank Holiday Monday to watch competitors get down and dirty in a pool of gravy. All the contestants have to do is defeat their opponents in a 2 minute long wrestling match in the Gravy. Points are scored for fancy dress, comedy effect, and entertainment value.

In previous years hopefuls have jetted in from all over the globe to compete in this legendary contest which is now in its 14th year.  This year contestants are coming from far and wide to challenge the reigning champions from 2019; Skye Penty a newcomer who won the coveted title for the 1st time and 6-time winner Joel Hicks aka ‘The Bearded Lady’.

The World Gravy Wrestling Championship is a fun event that aims to raise money for charity and is a great family day out with face painting, tombolas, bouncy castles and fine food and drink being served all day.  Entry is £2.50 per adult and £1.50 per child with all proceeds going to East Lancashire Hospice.  Participants can also raise funds for their own chosen charities, whilst grappling in the gravy and providing fun for the hundreds of visitors who attend.

Fun Facts

The World Gravy Wrestling Championship has been taking place with the support of the Real Lancashire Black Pudding Company and of course the Rose ’n’ Bowl in Stacksteads.

It takes place every year but was on hold for two years due to Covid.

It was originally a novelty event during a food festival. The food festival no longer takes place.

It takes 2500 litres of gravy to hold the championship

The gravy used is vegan.

Entrants this year are primarily from the UK, travelling from Newcastle, Cambridge and of course the North West.

There are 8 women and 16 men taking part this year.

The contestants often register for their own charities, but East Lancashire Hospice are the benefactors from door sales and entry fees.

Gravy bombs are banned after an incident one year…..

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