One of Lancashire quirkiest competitions, the World Gravy Wrestling Championships, will return to Stacksteads this summer.

The event, which sees competitors battle it out in a pool of gravy, will return on the August bank holiday weekend, on August 28, at the Rose ‘n’ Bowl pub and restaurant.

At the championship, which is renowned as one of the weirdest ‘sports’ and pastimes in the world, contestants have to defeat their opponents in a two minute long wrestling match in the gravy.

Points are scored for fancy dress, comedy effect, and entertainment value.

In previous years hopefuls have jetted in from all over the globe to compete in this legendary contest, which is now in its 15th year. 

This year contestants are coming from far and wide to challenge the reigning champions from 2022.

Imogen Young, who wrestled as ‘Hippy Chick’, and newcomer Lloyd Clarkson, also known as ‘Ali G’ from Stockport, both won the coveted title for the first time last year.

The World Gravy Wrestling Championship is a fun event that aims to raise money for charity.

It is a great family day out with face painting, tombolas, bouncy castles and food and drink being served all day. 

Entry is £2.50 per adult and £1.50 per child. All proceeds going to the East Lancashire Hospice. 

Participants can also raise funds for their own chosen charities, whilst grappling in the gravy and providing fun for the hundreds of visitors who attend.    

Doors open at 12.30pm and the event officially kicks off at 1pm.