Last year we went to the Dorset Knob Throwing Festival for the very first time and had such a good time that we made a note of this years event on the calendar determined to go.
The weather this weekend was forecast to be poor, and Lyme Regis Fossil Festival was a bit of a wash out, but we always say that Dorset has its own micro-climate and often the weather forecast is not what we get and although we were not blessed with glorious sunshine like we were last year, it was mild and dry.
Moores, creators of the famous Dorset Knob, along with Dorset Food & Drink, Dorset Tea and the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) partnership all assist in making this unique Dorset event a resounding hit. Besides Knob Throwing there are additional fun knob attractions such as Knob Painting, Splat the Knob, Knob & Spoon Race, Knob Darts, Guess the weight of the Big Knob, Knob Darts, Knob Eating and a Knob Pyramid plus other more traditional entertainment such as music, dance and vehicles to explore.
The event is also combined with the Frome Food Festival meaning that there are also around 50 food and drink stalls selling everything from cider to wine, cakes to meat, preserves, cheese and more.
Much as the kids loved exploring and we liked sampling all the delicious food and drink that was on offer, there was one reason we were there and we couldn’t wait to get started………..the knob events.
The kids were all armed with their score sheets and eager to see who could get the most points and we started with archery. Isaac and Eliza had some assistance but Kian was deemed big enough to do it himself.
Isaac – 8 points
Eliza – 7 points
Kian – 0 points
Thankfully Kian did better at Knobs Darts and even Sebby could join in with this one.
Sebby – 40 points
Isaac – 40 points
Eliza – 25 points
Kian – 40 points
Knob putting was hilarious and there were a group of at least 8 grown men before us that scored nothing, so we were not confident when we started.
Sebby (& Mummy) – 90 points
Isaac – 70 points
Eliza – 60 points (cheating)
Kian – 100 points
Of course it wasn’t competitive at all *cough* but they were all having a fabulous time.
It was lovely to see whole families enjoying the spirit of the event and there were picnic blankets everywhere with multiple generations sitting down to watch whilst sampling the food on offer. We attempted the famous knob throw but I am not sure our efforts got anywhere near the record, with Kian doing the best at 14m – the record is 29.4m which was set back in 2012!
We did make up some of our own games too and spent quite some time playing piggy in the middle before heading off to explore more stalls.
It was fabulous to meet some of the lovely people I talk to on twitter during #DorsetHour on a Monday night and I got to sample the most delicious cake from Lizzie at thebakingbird whilst Kian went for a sausage and cheese roll. I also got to see the National Trust recruiter van that travels Dorset which has a picture of my family and I on the side for a photo shoot on Studland beach when Sebby was jusy 6 weeks old!
I am afraid that the Dorset Knob Throwing Festival is over for another year, but make sure you visit next bank holiday – we had four hours of fun and all with added innuendo. Kian may have won the family challenge, but we all had fun trying to beat him and we made the Dorset Echo!