Bottle Kicking - or to give it its full title ‘Hallaton Hare Pie Scrambling & Bottle Kicking’ - is a unique, ancient sporting event which is played every Easter Monday across the ﬁelds and ditches between the Leicestershire villages of Hallaton and Medbourne.
There are virtually no rules to the bottle-kicking matches, except that there is no eye-gouging, no strangling, and no use of weapons. A small barrel of beer - known as a ‘bottle’ - is carried as the ball. The ‘bottle’ needs to cross over each village’s brook – or ‘goal stream’ - to win a match. Matches can last for minutes or hours.
Ultimately the victorious village wins the best of three matches.
what People say
Although the game is a high contact sport with little in the form of rules. Players do respect each other and stop the conflict in order to help players from both sides up. We also welcome spectators to the sport. The Bewicke and Fox both have live bands playing throughout the day as well and various food stalls dotted around Hallaton