New conker conquest to take place at Tatton Park
Farm manager and the event’s president Jayne Chapman is inviting participants to dig out their old conkers (older ones are the best!) and come along to the inaugural event which will be held this October half term from October 22nd to November 3rd .
Competitors will have the opportunity to enrol in one of two classes:
New Conker Class: open to novices keen to `have a go’ and test their conker playing potential. Conkers will be supplied by farm staff from this year’s harvest.
Seasoned Conker Class: recommended for those with some conker playing experience who will be asked to bring their own seasoned conkers which must be pre-strung.
Conkers are the fruit of the horse chestnut tree which were introduced to Britain in the 1600s and originate from Greece and Albania. The first recorded game of conkers was in 1848 on the Isle of Wight. Before then snail shells were used and referred to as conkers (possibly the origin of the name conker from the French word for conch – conque.)
The National Trust, who own Tatton Park, are also getting behind this activity. Conker playing is number 10 in its list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾ – a nationwide challenge to encourage sofa-bound children to leap outdoors and enjoy classic adventures from skimming stones to building dens.
Tatton Park and Home farm have been encouraging children to get outside and have fun for years – that’s why families come to Tatton. Over a year ago the farm expanded and opened a fantastic new outdoor activity area including a woodland play trail, den building zone and outdoor story telling area. Thousands of families have since used these activities as a way of enjoying the outdoors together, getting active, having a great time and for many, making lasting memories!
Jayne Chapman commented “We are very excited about this tournament and feel sure it will resonate with many people. We’re continually looking for ideas to get people out in the fresh air, enjoying the natural outdoors and having lots of fun! Our conker championship will do all of these and will not doubt entertain those who come along to spectate!.
Conker fun will be begin at 11.30am when competitors will get chance to choose their conker and even individualise their conker using paints and stickers to create their own designs before the first competition begins at 1.30pm.
Each game will last five minutes. If neither conker has broken a shoot out will take place. Each player has three sets of three hits and the one who lands most clean hits is the winner.
Each day’s winners will be presented with a small prize and the opportunity to be crowned 2013 Tatton Park conker champion and be the first entry on the conker roll of honour.
So please come along to join in the conker fun.