Virtual Advent Tour: December 11th – Barmy British Boxing Day Events

I was wrecking my brains for something to post for my turn in this years Virtual Advent Tour, when I thought back to my recent trip across the snow-bound UK to visit some friends at the seaside.

And well I was reminded that we Brits really do get up to so some barmy things, none more so than those we get up to on Boxing Day!

(I can’t leave without reminding you about the utterly hilarious  Frank Kelly’s Christmas Countdown I posted about last year, makes me laugh harder and harder every time I hear it!)So I thought I’d share a few with you I found online…


Football on the Beech


An annual charity/comedy football match on that takes place on the beach at Scarborough, where the players wear fancy dress and half-time oranges are replaced by a quick drink of beer. Which is followed by…

Raft Racing

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Where people sail some very rickety home made rafts around a very cold harbour!

Or if the sea isn’t your thing, try racing down a river in Matlock.

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Rubber Duck Racing

or maybe it’s rafts that are not your thing, how about sponsoring a rubber duck for a quid?

Kenilworth Duck Race

Tenby Boxing Day Swim

Tenby Boxing Day Swim

Or for the really, really brave at heart, how about a nice little swim?

Suffice it to say, my Boxing Day’s are usually much more relaxed (and sensible!) Watching the Christmas Day films that I recorded and starting to read whatever bookish goodness I managed to receive the day before. 😉

Be sure to visit today’s other participants.

Gwenelle @ Fuzzy Black Slippers and a Pink Hoodie
Renee Ann @ Doorkeeper


9 thoughts on “Virtual Advent Tour: December 11th – Barmy British Boxing Day Events

  • December 26 at 10:33 am

    Orkney also have a Christmas or Boxing Day dip

  • December 14 at 7:39 am

    those are some great traditions

  • December 12 at 10:22 pm

    Brrr! Swimming in Tenby? No thank you very much! Loved this post – really interesting.

    I do admit I like a brisk walk on a Boxing Day afternoon. Enjoy your day and happy christmas.

  • December 12 at 7:53 pm

    Totally awesome post! Thanks for all the pictures here. I had a lot of smiles looking through your post and am getting more and more excited my trip over the pond this spring! Yes, I’m excited to say I finally get to come and visit England for the first time. I’m sure I won’t be seeing men running towards the sea in a ballerina outfit (LOL), but I’m eager to see lots of other great things. 🙂

  • December 12 at 12:59 pm

    LOL — You wouldn’t catch me swimming on Boxing Day! Fun and silly traditions.

  • December 12 at 10:43 am

    Very interesting, Darren. Somehow I’ve missed out on all that fun the 15 years that I lived in England. I’m back there this year for Christmas and will keep my eyes open for signs and sounds of anything this mad.

    I know there is this sad development where people queue up very early in the morning on Boxing Day to return presents and get great new bargains. Is everything about shopping? I hope to have a relaxing Boxing Day myself, maybe with a walk in the country side (also quite a British thing to do).

  • December 12 at 6:17 am

    Great photos to illustrate your post!

  • December 11 at 4:00 am

    So I have to ask – what exactly is the purpose of Boxing Day? I mean, what’s the holiday supposed to stand for? I’ve heard it’s for returning presents (ie boxes) and that’s why it’s called Boxing Day. I suppose I could just look it up on Wikipedia…um I’m going to do that now.

    • December 11 at 7:51 am

      I don’t think there is “one” thing that it derives from. It’s a bit of a hodgepodge of various things, but the main one seems to be years ago, it was the time when tradesmen/apprentices/servants were thanked for their work/help the previous year, with a “tip” or gift given in or collected in some form of box.

      For me though, it’s the day before my birthday. 😉

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