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Who Can Pull The Ugliest Face At The World Gurning Championships 2021

World Gurning Championships

The annual World Gurning Championships are held in September every year as part of the Egremont Crab Fair which dates back to 1267 making it one of the oldest fairs in the world. The Lord of Egremont began the practice of giving away crab apples to the townsfolk and so the tradition began.

There is something for everybody at the fair and you can see cumberland wrestling, wheelbarrow racing, pipe smoking and climbing the greasy pole; but it is the Gurning Championship that's the main event of the day.

To gurn means to "snarl like a dog; look savage, distort the face" but nowadays it is more about looking funny. The uglier the better guarantees that you are a winner. There are not many rules involved: stick your head through a horse collar; pull the most disgusting face imaginable and the most monstruous/funny is the winner! Discover all there is to know about the Gurning Championships

About Richard & Diney

Richard & Diney met whilst working in London and moved to the Lake District in the summer of 2015. Moving to Ambleside was a quick and easy decision to make with planning taking place in the autumn of 2014. Richard spent the best part of 25 years in the world of finance before seeing the light and moving to Cumbria, while Diney’s love of the Lake District began during her first catering job working at the Outward Bound Centre in Eskdale.