Date(s) - 27/08/2023
Countryside Sports and Fairs
Grasmere Sports 2023
Grasmere Sports location : The Showfield, Stock Lane, Grasmere, LA22 9SL
Gates open at 09:00, events start at 10:00
Dating from 1868, Grasmere Sports has run every year except during the periods of the First and Second World Wars and the Covid pandemic. It has its origin in the annual Grasmere Sheep Fairs of the mid-19th Century, then very much a notable local community event on the annual calendar.
Today Grasmere Sports welcomes visitors and locals alike and some of the main draws are the famous Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, hound trailing and fell running.
Male and female wrestlers of all ages and weights will compete throughout the day and there is even time to judge the best wrestling costumes too.
Hounds are ‘slipped’ from the Sports Field and return after following a trail for several miles.
The sporting theme is continued with sprint and track races, long leap and fun races for children.
There is a very popular fun dog show and no Sports is complete without live music, this year being performed by the Fat Cat Brass Band.
The finale of the day is the Senior Guides Race to the top of the crag and back – will the record time of 12 minutes 21 seconds be beaten this year?
A thoroughly traditional event that showcases the best of Lakeland traditions and is hugely popular with serious competitors and families alike.
Facilities are widespread with a good selection of refreshments, exhibitions and trade stands.
Grasmere Sports website: grasmeresports.com/
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