Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake

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Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake

The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake is an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper’s Hill (map), near Gloucester in England. Participants race down the 200-yard-long hill after a round of Double Gloucester cheese is sent rolling down it.

The event was traditionally held by and for the people who live in the local village of Brockworth, but now people from all over the world take part. The Guardian called it a “world-famous event“, with winners coming from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Nepal.

The cheese currently used in the event is 7–9-pound (3–4-kilogram) Double Gloucester, a hard cheese traditionally made in a circular shape.

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This ceremony originally took place each Whit Monday, before it later was moved to the Spring Bank Holiday. The first written evidence of cheese rolling is found from a message written to the Gloucester town crier in 1826; even then it was apparent the event was an old tradition, and is believed to be at least six hundred years old.

Due to the steepness and uneven surface of Cooper’s Hill, there are usually a number of injuries each year.

The notoriety of cheese rolling is widespread and its somewhat de facto tally of annual injuries has been the subject of much coverage in news and television programmes. Alongside reputable broadcasters such as the BBC Television reporting, the global sports magazine TV shows Gillette World Sport and Trans World Sport have both mused at the activities and the ensuing injuries for many years.

The city of *Gloucester is the furthest inland port in the UK, situated beside the River Severn. Take a look around the absolutely stunning Gloucester Cathedral (map). Various parts of the cathedral were used as Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter films.

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 BUS >   National Express | UK Stop finder. Gloucester bus station has many regular coaches (mainly operated by National Express) to all major airports and cities (there are several coaches to and from London daily) in the UK. A Megabus service to and from London also operates from outside the bus station.

 RAIL >   Gloucester station has good railway connections and has daily direct connections to London Paddington, Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham. The essential source for rail travel information in Great Britain is the National Rail website. It includes an extremely useful journey planner, ticket prices and detailed information about every railway station in the country. (*Rail travel in Great Britain).

 AIRPORTS >   airportguides.co.uk. The most important airports are London HeathrowLondon Gatwick and Manchester Airport. All three have multiple terminals and are collectively served by a vast range of airlines and flights from the four corners of the map.

 WATERWAYS >   There are many ferry routes into the UK from continental Europe. (*Ferry routes to Great Britain)

Bicycles may be taken on car ferries and on Eurotunnel shuttle trains. Eurostar allows folding bikes on all its trains, and offers a more restricted service for other bikes, but has quite strict and specific rules that are worth reading up on before you travel.

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