I don’t know about the rest of you but for me, Boxing Day tends to be a bit of an anti-climax following the Christmas festivities. Normally it’s just a case of recovering from the over-indulgence of the day before and then recommencing the eating. But little did I know that there’s a whole raft of events that take place on Boxing Day that might help you burn off a few of those Christmas calories, something that is definitely required in my case! So I’ve had a look through them and picked out some of my favourites, not only do they look like great fun but they all represent what is best about Britain! Wacky, zany, call them what you will, they all look brilliant. So take a look and see if you fancy giving any of them a go!
The Grantchester Barrel Race
We’re starting off in Grantchester in Cambridge. You might recognise the name from the recent ITV detective drama but we’re looking at it for a whole different reason, the annual barrel race! In a tradition dating back to the 60’s, every Boxing Day sees the sleepy town hold an inter-village barrel rolling race. With thousands flocking in from all over the area it’s definitely worth paying it a visit to have a look, and you’ll even have the chance to tuck into a hog roast for lunch!
The Swimbridge Wheelbarrow Race
Next up we’ve got another corker of a Boxing Day event with the Swimbridge Wheelbarrow Race. Fancy dress is most definitely encouraged and all the proceeds go to charity so it’s absolutely worth a visit. The course for the race is set around the Jack Russell Inn where there will be plenty of opportunities to top up along the way! Then there’s the obligatory tug of war over the nearby stream – you certainly don’t want to be on the losing side there – and the evening karaoke which cap off a fantastic day for all!
The Tenby Boxing Day Swim
Finally we’re heading down to the Pembrokeshire coast for one of the more daring of our bizarre Boxing Day events, the Tenby Swim. If turning up in fancy dress and plunging yourself into the icy sea is your idea of fun then this will be right up your street! For years now hundreds of people have descended upon Tenby either to take part in the swim themselves or lend their voices in support of the hardy souls who take on the challenge. Add to this the beach bonfire, raft races and the chance to raise some money for local charities, what more could you want from a Boxing Day event?
So there you go, wheelbarrows, barrel rolling and icy seas, what more could you want to help you get over that Christmas hangover? We’d love to know if any of you have ever taken part in any of these brilliantly barmy events, just get in touch over Facebook or Twitter, or equally if you have any bonkers Boxing Day traditions of your own then do let us know!