About Gravy Wrestling

Without a doubt this is one of the world's craziest culinary competitions - a wild and whacky wrestling competition in a pool full of Lancashire Gravy!

The World Gravy Wrestling Championship takes place every year at the Rose 'n' Bowl pub in Stacksteads (264 Newchurch Road Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire OL13 0UG). We have male and female competitors battling it out to be crowned World Gravy Wrestling Champion.

Each Bank Holiday Monday at the end of August, you will find people clambering to wrestle in our lovely Lancashire Gravy for the title of World Gravy Wrestling Champion. People travel from all over the UK to take part in this whacky event.

Contestants must wrestle in the gravy for 2 minutes - scoring points for audience applause, wrestling moves and style and general entertainment - all while in fancy dress!

Gravy Wrestling is now in its 8th Year and based on having fun - although there is a seriously competitive streak among most competitors! The event raises much needed funds and awareness for the East Lancashire Hospice so everyone's a winner.

Food is available on the day, along with an outside bar. This is definitely not an event to be missed and attracts media coverage from around the globe. Showers are provided for the participants along with the local Fire Brigade who are on hand to hose you down after your stint in the gravy.

Put simply, it's a great day out for family and participants alike.

What The People Say

This all started off as a bit of fun, eight years ago, but it’s become the World Gravy Wrestling Championships and it’s now really well supported. It raises a substantial amount for patient care - around £3,000 to £3,500 each year. It’s a great day out and everyone has fun, but at the same time they raise money for the hospice. Denise Gee, Event Fundraiser - East Lancashire Hospice Organisers spend hours on a Sunday, one day in advance, preparing the huge quantity of gravy needed to fill the ring. They pour 1,000 litres of the still warm meaty sauce into the pool to start with, then top up with another 500 litres throughout the tournament. Pete Bainbridge, Manchester Evening News Contestants need to have a sense of humour and be willing to throw themselves around! Ken Claxon, Gravy Wrestling Championship Referee After taking the World Championship title in 2009, I went on to represent the 'Always With A Smile' Foundation on TV programmes such as The Paul O'Grady Show, Britain's Got Talent and The Michael Ball Show to demonstrate the skills and varied techniques involved in gravy wrestling. The success of these appearences went some way towards establishing the event as on the highlights in the British calendar. Since then, the foundation and I have represented the World Gravy Wresting Championships during countless media appearances, and I have featured in the Guiness Book of World Records for my gravy wresting expertise. Joel Hicks, Fundraiser Extraordinaire

Rose 'n' Bowl

The Rose 'n; Bowl is Rossendale's local carvery restaurant that is loved by people from all over the North West. The Rose 'n' Bowl is open Tuesday to Sunday every week for bar snacks, carvery and drinks from the well stocked bar.

Enjoy great food and entertainment or you can even watch a home team game of bowls! - you won't be disappointed.

If you would like to join our bowling team, please call the manager Jon Lowe.

Championship Organisers

Jon Lowe of the Rose 'n' Bowl and Andy Holt of Real Lancashire Black Puddings