ABOUT

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

We believe that the Hallaton Bottle Kicking is the longest-running sporting event in Britain, we don’t think there’s anything older.

Allen

Chairman

The Hallaton Bottle Kicking contest is one of the strangest ways to end the bank holiday weekend

 

Max McLean

www.independent.ie

The contest is a rough one, and is not for the faint-hearted!

Becky Jones

www.leicestermercury.co.uk

facilities

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

Family Fun

Bouncy castle and children activities available

Parking

Safe and secure field parking available

medical support

Air ambulance and group ambulance are on site.

drink stations

Please avoid bringing your own alcohol

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