Find out what’s going on with updates from Wacky Nation…..
World Paper Aeroplane Championship covered by national news
23 June 2016
Competitor Sam Clement threw a paper aeroplane 34.3m (the length of 4 London buses) at the World Paper Aeroplane Championship on Sunday as covered in the Mirror newspaper and on The Saturday Show
Fun at Festivals
4th April 2016
Summer is going to be busy yet again for Wacky Nation who are working at festivals around the UK to provide fun entertainment for the attendees. First up World Garden Gnome Bowling Championship, Letchworth and World Cheese Fling at Masked Ball, Porthleven in May.
New – International Rock Paper Scissors Championship
4th January 2016
To celebrate Olympic year, Wacky Nation have introduced a brand new international rock paper scissors tournament on 16th April, pitting the best players around the world against each other to find the de-facto World Champion.
World Christmas Cracker Throwing Championship
3rd November 2015
Wacky Nation have again been hired by Tiverton Council to increase footfall in the town centre during the run up to Christmas by organising and running the extremely popular World Christmas Cracker Throwing Championship.
Last year competitors ranged in age from 3 to 94 years old.
UK Rock Paper Scissors Championship Sold Out
7th October 2015
All places in the UK Rock Paper Scissors Championship have sold out one and a half months before the event date.
Feast of Events for June
1st June 2015
It’s a very busy June for Wacky Nation hosting events across the UK.
14th June – UK Vegetable Shucking Contest – Cheltenham Food Festival
21st June – World Paper Aeroplane Championship – Burnham-On-Sea
27th June – World Potato Peeling Contest – Swindon Food Festival
28th June – Chilli Chuckin Challenge – Cheese & Chilli, Basingstoke
Wacky Nation feature on the 2015 BETFAIR calendar
1st March 2015
We have been selected as a must visit wacky sports event for 2015. Find out more about us and other events at; Betfair Calendar
World Pancake Racing Championship 2015
18th February 2015
Fifteen corporate teams entertained the crowds in Exeter City Centre yesterday with their expert pancake tossing skills. After several heats an excited Crowdcube were crowned this year’s winners.
New Events for 2015
2nd February 2015
Wacky Nation has been busy taking lots of new bookings for 2015. We will be hosting wacky events at many festivals across the UK, look out for us and watch the front page for details of where we will be.
8th UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships
4th October 2014
This year’s UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships was yet again a resounding success with 128 players battling over seven rounds until only 2 remained Rene ‘The Rock’ Marston and the eventual victorious and very excited Dan ‘Tinkerbell’ Tinkler. Thanks to all who took part for your fun antics that always make this such fun event to host.
Space Alien Bowling Championships
1st August 2014
Our latest event devised by Wacky Nation will be taking place at the Silverton Street Market on the 2nd August
t. Come and join us to bowl meteorites and knock over the nasty space aliens!
Feast of St James
20th July 2014
Thanks to everyone that took part in our four events at the Feast of St James yesterday, particularly the mayor who braved the stocks! The horseshoe throwing, Gluckhaus and clay marbles also proved very popular.
Alternative Balloon World Cup + Other Balloon Challenges
10th July 2014
Will you be coming along this weekend to the Tiverton Balloon Festival, (the 2nd largest hot air balloon festival in the UK)? Wacky Nation is looking for some competitors to take part in the Alternative Football World Cup. Which country will you represent? Or if football isn’t your thing you can take part in a myriad of fun balloon challenges.
Summer Festivals Around the South West
14th May 2014
Wacky Nation will be providing wacky events to entertain attendees at several events over the next month. Here is a list of what we are doing and where you can come to join in the fun.
World Fruit & Vegetable Bowls Championships – Devon County Show – 22nd – 24th May
Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival – 14th June
Fun Food Frolics – Crediton Food Festival – 15th June
Vegetable Bowling Championships – St John’s Fayre, Witheridge – 21st June
Wacky Nation & Fermoy’s Garden Centre Unite at Exeter Food & Drink Festival
17th March 2014
Wacky Nation have teamed up with Newton Abbot based garden centre Fermoy’s to add some fun and wackiness to their marquee at the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink. The UK Seed Spitting Contest & the World Vegetable Bowling Championships are two brand new events, guaranteed to add excitement and entertainment. A scoreboard will list the top ten distances which is expected to bring out the competitiveness in entrants of all ages.
World Pancake Racing Championships
4th March 2014
The World Pancake Racing Championship was deemed highly successful with 13 teams representing shops, businesses and organisations from around Exeter taking part. The event raised over £500 for local charity Dream-A-Way and Santander was this year’s very excited winners.
The final was a three team affair. After a close start the Santander team quickly opened a gap with a burst of speed and were able to hang on to their lead for the remainder of the race. Exeter College Smurfs, all in blue, could not take the heat and came in second place ahead of third place retail giant Wilkinson.
The team from Build a Bear deserve a mention for their efforts despite poor old Bearemy struggling to negotiate the course in his big boots.
Many of the teams were resplendent in fancy dress including some very colourful Smurfs from Exeter College and Gourmadine who entered in traditional French attire minus the onions.
Wacky Nation Team up with Princesshay, Exeter for New Event
1st February 2014
Wacky Nation is teaming up with Princesshay in Exeter and local charity Dream-A-Way to organise the World Pancake Racing Championships. Teams of two or four will compete in heats, tossing their pancakes three times along the course.
Sportinspired Give and Gain (Volunteer Day)
29th January 2014
Wacky Nation is pleased to have been asked to help at the Sportinspired Give and Gain Day in Newport, Wales this year. Our staff will be volunteering as Event Directors working with 4 schools, volunteers from local businesses, sports clubs and young leaders. The aim of the day is to run sport taster sessions, introducing children to the sports available in their local area and some they have never played before. We love being part of this day and having now been helping for 5 years.
Two New Festivals Bookings
21st January 2014
Uffculme Show and Tiverton Feast of St James have both signed up Wacky Nation to provide wacky events for their festivals this year.
Wacky Nation Booked for Devon County Show
11th January 2014
We’ve just been booked to provide three totally new wacky events for the Devon County Show. So if you are coming along this year look out for us in the refreshment area. Wacky Nation Show Challenges this year will be ‘Pucketball’, ‘World Fruit and Vegetable Boules Championships’ and ‘UK Snail Racing Championships.’
UK Rock Paper Scissors Champion is on Sport Lobster TV
4th January 2014
Watch our current UK RPS Champion Rhys Parkey take on the best sporting legends at Rock Paper Scissors.
14th December 2013
8 year old Elliott Hurrell from Peterborough became a World Champion at the inaugural World Christmas Cracker Throwing Championships in Tiverton, Devon. He beat over 200 other contestants and threw an amazing distance of 13.57m, beating all the adults in the contest. Tiverton Mary Portas was really pleased with how successful the event was this year. There are plans to make this event even bigger in 2014.
Chris Evans Breakfast Show
13th December 2013
Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2 liked our World Christmas Cracker Throwing Championships so much that he read out all the rules and even had a go with Lynn Bowles.
Rock Paper Scissors on Simon Mayo Show
3rd December 2013
Our Event Director Sally Raynes will be on the Simon Mayo Drivetime Show this afternoon giving tips on how to win when playing Rock Paper Scissors
UK Rock Paper Scissors Champion – Results
24th November 2013
Rhys Parkey of Windsor has become the 2013 UK Rock Paper Scissors Champion. Rhys is a member of the Richard Richard Danes Appreciation Society who were raising money for a friend’s child with leukaemia to give the family Xmas treat. They raised over £600 at the event thanks to the generosity of the other rps players.
Watch the tense final here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8k8YhWXsPE
Timeout News Feature – UK Rock Paper Scissors Championship
20th November 2013
A great double page spread in the Timeout today for the UK Rock Paper Scissors Championships
World Wellington Boot Throwing Championships
15th September 2013
Congratulations to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce for organising another fantastic day. We really enjoyed helping again. The event goes from strength to strength with over 2000 attendees and 250 competitors this year. We’re already looking forward to next year.
UK Backward Run – Results
11th August 2013
Garret Doherty is again the winner of the UK Backward Run. This is the 4th time Garret has won, he seems to be unbeatable.
James Mayes Man Lab – Olimpik Rock Paper Scissors
4th April 2013
It’s taken a long time, but finally you can see James Maye & co competing at last year’s Olimpik Rock Paper Scissors Championships. Did they win?
It’s never too late to become a champion
1st April 2013
There’s the London Olympics and the Paralympics. For the less faint hearted there is the Cotswold Olympics and for the brave and daring there is the Drag Olympics. But it’s about time that the old and creaking were given a ‘last’ chance of success or even movement with something else to talk about other than the granny tax. Wacky Nation is pleased to announce the 1st OAPlympics with the slogan, ‘Slow, slow, slow’! Click here for more details
Location: Drovers Mill, Devon
June 31st 2013
15th January 2013
You would have thought (and we would have hoped) that a skinny guy with less fat than a cracker would choose something less life threatening than cold water swimming for a passion. Sadly, not but at least it’s relatively normal compared to Bog Snorkelling and Clog Cobbing. James has been cold water swimming for over ten years in rivers, lakes and seas, with only a pair of red speedo’s and a yellow hat for coverage.
In late January he will have the opportunity to demonstrate his prowess in the cold water when he tackles 450 metres of Tooting Bec Lido. The water will be around 4 or 5 degrees and the only concession to the swimmers is a hat, the sillier the better. Thankfully the race will only take 8 or 9 minutes, on the plus side, there are hot tubs and saunas afterwards.
Come along to Tooting Bec Lido in South London on Saturday 26th January to see him and around 40 other foolhardy idiots tackle the race. Earlier in the day there are shorter races across one width of the lido for swimmers with less propensity for pain and misery.
19th December 2012
Merry Christmas from the Wacky Nation Team
The festive season doesn’t always have to involve watching endless television repeats and braving the Boxing Day sales. Well, it doesn’t for us anyway. Why not spice up your own Christmas this year and instead head to one of many wacky events taking place. This is by no means a definitive list, but arguably some of the best.
Come on in, the waters lovely…honest. More insane than wacky, but to work up appetite on Christmas Day why not try one of the many more festive sea swims, plunges or toe dips. Our favourite is at Budleigh Salterton in Devon, which starts at 10am and usually ends at 10.01am. Other well-known festive swims can be found (or lost!) at Hunstanton, Tenby, Porthcawl, Exmouth (starts at 11am which allows those who did Budleigh a second festive swim of the day!), Lowestoft, Brighton and Weymouth. Head to the outdoor swimming society (click above) for more ideas.
Please check before travelling to any of these events as adverse weather or unforeseen circumstances can lead to their abandonment. Also coming up in January the legendary Chariot race and Toga Party and the coldest 450 metres of the year. More to come.
15th October 2012
Over 200 contestants met last night at the Penderel’s Oak for some fierce competitive play.
After winning their way through 6 rounds and beating 126 other contestants, (including 80 men) the final was a spectacular all-female contest between Amy ‘Eric Cartman’ Rowe & Miranda ‘Thunder & Lightning’ Kane. In a thrilling best of five, Amy Rowe eventually came out the victorious winner & first female UK Champion.
Winner – Amy Rowe
Second – Miranda Rowe
Third – Katie Goldwater
Fourth – Simon Martin
Challenge RPS Winner
Winner – Alex Minnie with a massive accumulation of £293 of street money
Well done Amy and thanks to everyone else who entered.
We’ll be back in 2013 with regional and national championships.
Location: Crosse Keys, London
Date: Saturday 13th October 2012.
18th September 2012
The 3rd World Wellington Boot Throwing Championships (in Wellington, obviously) proved very popular, with both the male and female records smashed for the first time since 2009. Competition was very fierce in all age groups except the under 10’s where James B, won the bronze, silver and gold medal distances. Welly Done James! The event also involved entrants from Wellington, New Zealand and Ireland for a truly global event and there was even a throw co-ordinated with a Welly Boot contest taking place in Yorkshire.
17th August 2012
Have you been inspired by the London Olympics? Do you want to become a champion and receive as much adoration as Jessica Ennis without the need for months of punishing training and adhering to a strict diet of rice cakes and energy drinks. Well look no further because the smallest town in Britain is organising the maddest sporting occasion in the world right now. Over two weeks, there will be a mind boggling range of sports to try. If you thought the Olympics was too mainstream, then this will be up your bog.
Forget the 100 metres, why not enter the Corinthian Backward Running Race. Not enough muscle for Greco-Roman wrestling? Fear not, enter the Gravy Wrestling where the playing field is levelled, literally and figuratively speaking with Bisto. There’s also Rock Paper Scissors (Avalanche!!), Pooh Sticks, Wife Carrying (or ex-wife carrying should you drop her), Bog Snorkelling (in the home of Bog Snorkelling) and much more madness.
So just head for the mid Welsh town and enjoy day after day of wacky sports. Forget about the Lycra though. Just make sure you bring a sense of humour and the guts to try anything at all. Yes, that means even Ditch Racing. Whatever that is! No one is allowed to just watch. Don’t forget many of the events are covered in our book, Wacky Nation which includes tips on how to win or at least lose gracefully. Good Luck.
Location: Llanwrtyd Wells, Mid Wales. On the A483 between Llandovery and Builth Wells.
Date: From 17th August until 2nd September 2012.
Team Olimpik Rock Paper Scissors Championships
9th August 2012
Thanks to the 150 competitors and spectators who turned out yesterday at the Knights Templar Pub to see which country was truly the World Champions in Team Olimpik Rock Paper Scissors.
Congratulation to Lapland A, who won after a fierce rock paper scissors battle against the Vatican City, our worthy silver medallists. Great Britain fought against San Marino for the bronze medal slot and managed to bring a medal home for the host country.
We hope you all enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you at the UK Championships on 13th October at the Crosse Keys, London.