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Wormcharming is moving ... again!

The 35th Blackawton International Festival of Wormcharming takes place on Sunday 5th May 2019.

Last year, in search of fine weather, the event was moved to the end of May. The weather was certainly better than in previous years but the competition produced the lowest ever winning worm count – just 16 worms! So, in the hope of finding more worms this year, the event returns to the early May Bank Holiday weekend.

Let's hope that 2019 produces both fine weather and a winning worm count to beat the long-standing 1986 record of 149 worms!

See you all on Sunday 5th May 2019.


And this year's theme is ...

Whether you're entering a team or simply spectating, we encourage your participation in fancy dress appropriate to our theme. This year – to commemorate 100 years since the founding of GCHQ and 30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall – it's “Spies”. So don your black coat and hat, dark glasses and weapon of choice (or some other guise entirely) and join the fun.

As ever, the Wormcharming officials –Worm Master, Official Cheat, Junior Cheat, Old Father Worm and International Judges will be on hand to ensure that things run in their usual (dis)orderly manner. The prospects for spies caught flouting the rules are particularly unsavoury!


First carbon neutral Wormcharming

The 2019 Blackawton Annual Wormcharming Festival is going Carbon Neutral.

We are offsetting any CO2 created from hosting the festival, including CO2 from the food eaten, electricity used and miles driven to host the festival. Hosting the event will create approximately 2.5 tons of CO2. We are offsetting the CO2 by planting enough trees to absorb the CO2 created.

In addition, at the free car park there will be an opportunity for visitors to make a financial contribution to offset their CO2 from their journey to and from the event if they wish to.

Please email James Perry at perudog@hotmail.com for more information.


Get your team ready

To enter, you simply need a team of three – a Charmerer, a Pickerer and a Counterer and creative team name. There are separate categories for under 11's and adults. At just £5 per team it really is the most fun you can have on your knees in a field. So come with your potions, contraptions and sense of adventure – and ensure you register your team at Worm HQ in the village before the midday deadline.


Wormcharming Auction

Lots are coming in thick and fast for this year’s auction, which starts at 7.00 pm on Wormcharming day at The George Inn, and include:

  • Historical guided tour for 4 – Royal Naval College
  • Sharpham Vineyard – 2 x wine flights and vineyard walks
  • Memorial section of the washed away Slapton line
  • Three hours tractor work – grass cutting or hedge mowing
  • Load of logs from Collaford Wood
  • 2 nights s/c accommodation at Woodside View (woodsideview.co.uk)
  • Trailer service from Donald Bashford Collaton Services
  • Radius 7, Stoke Fleming, meal voucher
  • 4 ball at Bigbury Golf Course
  • All over spray tan!
  • Portable Appliance test for up to 30 items – DMServices
  • 3 hours DIY from Bish, Bosch and Bash

If you'd like to offer something as an auction lot please contact dianavbardell@gmail.com.


Dog show classes announced

Our ever popular dog show will be happening again this year - immediately after the Wormcharming competition (around 14.00hrs) in the secret field. Classes this year are:fancy dress dog (spies), best presented dog, the best six (6) legs, beautiful eyes, wonderful ears, excellent coat, waggiest tail, best in show (only open to winners of other classes - free with donations please) £1.00 per dog per class and all entry fees will go to the local good causes that we are supporting this year. Dog available to hire for those who don't have a dog. There will be doggy drinking water available.

For more information please contact Carey 01803 712215. Blackawton welcomes thoughtful dog handlers. Please pick up after your dog.


New Wormcharming podcast

The Blackawton International Festival of Wormcharming has recently been featured in an episode of the US based podcast RoShamBo - the podcast about unique competitions and the extraordinary competitors that make them happen. Even without contact from anyone on the Wormcharming team, co-host Ted Ladue seems to get it pretty much right ... with just a little bit of poetic licence ... Blackawton, it seems, now has "town" status, an "h" in its name (pronounced Blackhawton) and its inhabitants are obsessed with peeing !

To listen to the podcast, click here, then click on the play button.


Europe's most unmissable festival!

Yes, it's official! The Blackawton International Festival of Wormcharming has been voted “Europe's Most Unmissable Festival” by Australian journalist Grant Mills who attended 22 mad festivals in 10 European countries in 2014. Check out his video:



More online footage

Also, Canadian film producer Cat Mills (no relation to Grant) has also put her video of the 2013 event online:



Wormcharming memorabilia wanted

As well as informing you about this year's event, we plan to build up an archive of the history of Wormcharming in Blackawton. If you have photos, videos, stories or details of past winning teams please contact the Web (not Worm) Master to add them to the site.


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Images kindly provided by Bert Eden, Richard Pratt, Nick Smith, Steve Thomas, The George Inn and others.