Dorset Knob Throwing

 A caricature captures the fun everyone has at Dorset Knob Throwing day
Colourfully decorated Fairy Knobs

It’s crazy, it’s zany, it’s growing like Topsy and it was invented here in Cattistock.

It’s Dorset Knob Throwing!

The first Dorset Knob Throwing took place behind the Fox and Hounds in Cattistock. So next year we did it again with a bit of grub thrown in. Then it got too big for behind the pub so we moved to the Cattistock village play area. The date was fixed as the first Sunday in May. By this time the food element was expanding fast and you would be amazed at the number of Knob games fertile minds can dream up! It grew and it grew – a move to the football pitch followed. It took on the grand title of The Dorset Knob Throwing and Frome Valley Food Festival. And still it grew with over 5,000 visitors in 2016 almost swamping our village.

At this time the event boasted 75 food, craft and general interest stalls, 2 bars, 3 bands, loads of gazebos and marquees all centred around the Knob Arena which featured no less than 14 Dorset Knob Games of which the most popular remains the original Dorset Knob Throwing. And, before you ask, the Dorset Knob Throwing World Record stands at 29.4m!

It’s now the fastest growing Food Festival in Dorset. It has moved to Kingston Maurward College just outside Dorchester but it’s still a Cattistock event, organised and manned by the village.

Make a date: Sunday 5 May 2019
Where: Kingston Maurward College
When: between 10.00 and 16.00
Car Parking: Free
Shuttle bus: From Brewery Square, Dorchester
Entry fee: £5 for an adult, kids go free
Volunteer helpers: Yes, we always need helpers from Cattistock and surrounding villages. Volunteers, of course, get in free
Can I help? Yes, please, contact any of the Committee (names below).
The money: It goes to: Cattistock and Chilfrome; also to Kingston Maurward College, our host for 2019; and to Weldmar Hospice, our charity partner for 2019.

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The Knob Team: Ian Gregory, Wayne Briggs, Sean Lavan, Patrick Nelson, Rupert Cake, Tara Potter, Meredith James, David Andrews, Phil Hallett, John Swatridge, Terry White, Ian Vine. Contact any of them if you want to know more.


A young visitor concentrates totally on splatting the Knob
Another winner on the Splat the Knob game
Good fun for everyone as visitors wait to have a go at the original Dorset Knob Throwing game
Ed invites visitors to guess the number of Knobs in the jar
The food marques - an endless supply of wonderful food