Bottle Kicking is an event that happens in the village of Hallaton, Leciestershire every Easter Monday and is open to anyone who has a love of drinking, rugby, folk music and moderate to extreame violence.
The two villages Hallaton and Medbourne have a long tradition that on this day the villagers march through Hallaton carrying three Beer Castes and a Rabbit pie towards the church then continuing to the top of a hill. The hare pie is then divided and thrown at each team, which have no set number of contestants. After the pie is distributed the first barrel is thrown in the air three times, when it hits the floor on the third bout all hell breaks loose as both teams battle to seize the barrel and attempt to drag, pull, thrown or push the barrel toward their village which are seperated by a mile of fields, hedges barbed wire and fences.
It is a best out of two contest and the winners earn bragging rights for the next year. The rules are simple: if you want to join in do so at your own risk as broken bones are not unheard of.
Despite this the day offers a good selection of beer and cider as well as folk band for those not of the aggressive nature and is a fun and exciting day out. So I urge one and all to experience this event in order to keep this quaint British tradition alive and well.
|Start date||Monday, 09 April, 2012 09:30 AM|
|End date||Thursday, 01 January, 1970 12:00 AM|
|Address||Hallaton Main Street|