In 2019 the event is due on 13 October.
In Southwick near Peterborough in Northamptonshire chestnuts play important role in the World Conker Championships. Competitors take a horse chestnut, make a hole in it and tie it to a lace. This creation is called a conker. Then competitors are ordered to stand in pairs and the aim of their “matches” is to smash the opponent’s chestnut. Besides it is great fun, the event plays an important role for charity. The hosts spend the entry fees and other donations on training guide dogs or providing special equipment to those who are visually impaired.
The event was first held in 1848, quite far from its contemporary site. The first ever Conker Worlds was in the Isle of Wight. This unique sporting event has been relocated several times, and it has been held in Southwick since 2013.
Being organized for locals at the village of Ashton in the 1960s, the Northamptonshire Conker Championship has been attracting conker fans from all over the world.