Our National Wonders so far…

The UK is a treasure-trove of wonderful, wacky and wild events and we’re visiting some of the very best as part of our #NationalWonders tour. Seeking out people and places that put a smile on the face of the nation, we ask: ‘Is this really how the UK spends a day?’

The Olney Pancake Race

On Shrove Tuesday, we witnessed the women of Olney take part in their almost 600 year old pancake race along the streets of this rural Buckinghamshire idyll. Since 1950 they have been in competition with a town in Kansas called Liberal (made famous as the home of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz). Which town won? Check out our video to find out.

The Jorvik Viking Festival

History was brought to life with a horde of rampaging but friendly vikings at York’s Viking Festival. With crafts, culture and battle cries in the city’s streets, our roving reporter Ben tried his hand at making coins, arrowheads and even poo – err yes, you heard that right.

Hallaton Bottle Kicking

From a procession with a Hare Pie being thrown into a crowd to kicking kegs of beer back across two streams one mile apart, we joined the people of Hallaton on Easter Sunday.
The bottle kicking takes place between two villages, Hallaton and Medbourne. It’s alleged that Medbourne stole a keg of beer from Hallaton, leading to the annual spectacle. People return to the Leicestershire villages from across the country for the event with generations of families take part.

Whether it’s an ancient town tradition or quirky event, there are #NationalWonders going on all over the UK and we want to hear about yours. Post your suggestions on Instagram or Twitter with #NationalWonders and you could WIN a pair of return coach tickets. Winners will be selected every week – so keep your eyes peeled and your days full of wonder!