What date and time does everything happen?
This year’s championships will be on Sunday 3rd June. The Team Games will be run first and will start at midday. Teams should register in advance on the website and aim to reach the registration tent on the day at 11:45am.
The Individual Games will start at around 1:00pm so registration for these will start at around 12:30pm. Players buy a ticket in the registration tent and then exchange this for a competition stick in the Keeper Of The Sticks area. The games will probably finish by about 4pm but it does of course depend on the number of visitors on the day so to avoid disappointment please come along earlier rather than later. We expect the registration tent to close at about 3:30pm. We normally have 3 rounds of games before our semi finals and finals.
In the registration tent each player will be given a programme with information about the day.
How much does it cost?
We charge £2.50 for each players in the Individual Competitions and £10 for a team of 4 in the Team Games. All of the profits on the day go to charities supported by our Rotary Club and other clubs and charity groups that help us on the day.
Food and Drink
There will be teas and cakes, ice-cream, candy floss and popcorn available at the event. There will also be a hog roast and barbeque. The Witney Music Festival team will be running the bar.
Other Games and Entertainment
We have lots to keep you entertained. We have the hook a duck and splat the rat games, we have a demonstration of rope making and we’ll have some bird feed for you to feed the ducks after the competition has finished. We hope to see the return of the human fruit machine. And we will have a BOUNCY CASTLE!!!
Learn about Rotary’s End Polio Now Campaign and visit the amazing Shelterbox tent and hear about how it’s used around the world. We will, of course also have an RNLI stand since the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was the charity supported when the Poohstick Championships started in 1983.
Also we have live music provided by the Witney Music Festival from midday until about 5:00pm.
Make a Day of it – visit Cogges Manor Farm too
Cogges Manor Farm will be open as normal from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
How to find us and parking
There are good footpaths in the area, from the car parks to the bridge area. The registration tent and other attractions will be on the common and so the ground could be soft and uneven.
St Mary’s Cogges Church is kindly allowing Pooh Sticks visitors to use their toilets. Visitors. There are also public toilets next to the shoppers’ car park. We will have a first aid team on site for the day, based in a tent on the common.