Eight ridiculous sports that could only exist in Britain – and YOU can get involved ARE you bored by the endless stream of tennis and cricket on the telly? Then weve found the summer sports for you. From snail racing to gravy wrestling – these British pastimes make you wonder why anyone would waste their time queuing up for Wimbledon. Gravy wrestling happens every summer in Stacksteads, Lancashire. Vessels in the Tin Bath Championship arent always sea-worthy. There are weird and wonderful outdoor competitions all over the country that represent the quirkier side of our nation’s sporting spirit. From bog snorkelling to tin bath racing, this summer is packed full of surprising events that could only happen here in Great Britain. Things kick off this weekend with the World Pea Shooting Championships in Witcham in Cambridgeshire where its just £4 to enter if you fancy your chances. If that’s too last minute then why not start training for the a trip to Lancashire, where the 11th annual World Gravy Wrestling Championships are due to take place on August 28. Or if those both sound a little too athletic, then how about the heart-stopping thrill of a snail race in Norfolk?. Here, with the help of Premier Inn, we reveal the bizarre and eccentric events that have to be seen to be believed this summer…. World Pea Shooting Championships, July 8, Witcham in Cambridgeshire. Competitors battling it out for the title of worlds best pea-shooter take it very seriously. For 46 years, the World Pea Shooting Championships has taken part in Witcham in Cambridgeshire. A teacher from the area, inspired by the pea shooters he confiscated from his pupils, decided to put on the competition to raise money for charity. Some competitors are now using laser guides instead of a standard shooter. The event is now known worldwide, with competitors travelling from as far as the USA and New Zealand. It’s just £4 to enter if you fancy yourself the next world champion. Bognor Birdman, August 12 and 13, Bognor Regis in West Sussex. Bognor Birdman is held in the West Sussex towns of Bognor Regis and Worthing. If you’ve ever longed to feel the wind beneath your wings, then the Bognor Birdman competition is for you. Alternatively, if you just fancy watching a bunch of would-be inventors test their flying machines with mixed success, then this quirky event is a must-visit too. The Bognor Birdman competition involves human birdmen attempting to fly off the end of a pier into the sea for prize money. Since 1971, people have been taking off from Bognor Regis pier and the current record is a flight of 89. World Bog Snorkelling Championships, August 27, Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales. First held in 1985, the World Bog Snorkelling Championship takes place annually in a dense peat bog, in Wales. Bog snorkelling was first played in Llanwrtyd Wells in 1976 and it’s there where the world championships take place every year. The sport involves negotiating two lengths of a 60-metre trench through a bog, without using any swimming strokes (so using flipper power alone). The winner is the person who completes the arduous course in the fastest time, with the current record being 1 minute 19 seconds. World Gravy Wrestling Championships, August 28, Stacksteads in Lancashire. Wrestlers in fancy dress grapple once a year for a the world title of World Gravy Wrestling Champion. The perfect sport for any roast dinner-fan, the gravy wrestling championships involve 16 men and women wrestling in 1,000 litres of gravy to the amusement of hundreds of spectators. A relative newcomer to the sporting calendar, the competition has only been running since 2007 but always draws a crowd in the town of Stacksteads, Lancashire. Over 1,000 litres of gravy are used every year in the World Gravy Wrestling Championship. Organiser Andy Holt who makes the gravy at his black pudding factory, had to change the recipe because the original attracted swarms of wasps to contestants. Chap Olympiad, July 15 , London. Held every year in central London, The Chap Olympiad is Britains most eccentric sporting event. For one day of the year London’s Bedford Square turns into the setting for The Chap Olympiad. The games were designed to ‘reward panache rather than sporting prowess’ and consist of events such as the ‘tea pursuit’ where two people, one with a teapot and one with a tea cup, try to pour tea whilst both on bicycles and ‘umbrella jousting’. Cycle jousting is one of the Chap Olympiads most popular events. It’s the ultimate in British eccentricity. Toe Wrestling Competition, August 19, Ashbourne in Derbyshire. Organisers have petitioned for toe wrestling to be included in the Olympic games. It’s said that the art of toe wrestling was concocted so that the British would have a sport to excel in, and since the 70s Brits have been competing in the world championships to keep the tradition going. Similar to arm wrestling, toe wrestling involves locking toes and then attempting to wrestle their opponents out of the ‘arena’. The idea for the Toe Wrestling started when a group of friends complained that the UK didn’t produce world champions at anything. The locals are such a fan of the sport that they have even tried to get toe wrestling officially recognised as an Olympic sport, no such luck yet though. Tin Bath Championships, July 15, Castletown on the Isle of Man. The World Tin Bath Championships is a race around the harbour in tin baths. Every year on the Isle of Man over 100 people take to the water for the Tin Bath Championships. Tin baths are customised into vessels of varying sea-worthiness, and the winner is the person who’s the first to complete the 400m course (or the person who gets the farthest before sinking). The quirky annual World Tin Bath Championships held on a summer weekend in Middle Harbour, Castletown, on the Isle of Man. Organised by the Castletown Real Ale Drinkers Society the race was started in 1971 and all the money raised by the event goes to local charities. World Snail Racing Championships, July 15, Congham in Norfolk. Snail races take place on a circular track with the snails starting in the middle and racing to the perimeter. As part of the annual fete, the village of Congham plays host to the World Snail Racing Championships. Here, the best and the brightest snail athletes take to the circular track in a slow but exhilarating race. Racing numbers are stuck on shells to distinguish each eager competitor. This year there are expected to be over 100 entrants.