Dorset Knob Throwing
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.
The latest Dorset Knob Throwing event was held on the 5th May at Kingston Maurward and we are delighted to say it was a huge success.
A full update of the day will be provided very soon, to accompany the wide range of images on this page and in the Gallery of this website.
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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.