10 years of Throwing Knobs! Sunday 30th April 10am – 4pm
To celebrate our 10th birthday the Dorset Knob Throwing festival is on the move, same event, same ethos, just a new more practical venue at Kingston Maurward in Dorchester.
The quirky idea came about from the former chairman and wife Shelley of Cattistock who took it upon themselves to organise the event to help raise much needed additional funds in Cattistock. Today the festival raises £1000’s for the clubs, facilities, and organisations * in and around Frome Valley.
The first event back in 2008 took place in the centre of the village, which included the local pub’s back garden, then with its ever increasing popularity the festival moved to the local football club’s pitch and today like any successful village event, it has now outgrown the village.
The move to Kingston Maurward College has allowed the Dorset Throwing Festival to continue and former Chair Nigel Collins said “the success of the means that an even larger site is needed for 2017 and they believe that Kingston Maurward provides an ideal location. They share the same ethos of promoting locally produced food, drink and goods and the additional space and improved accessibility they can provide for visitors mean this is an exciting development for this truly unique Dorset event”
As well as the main event, the Knob Throwing contest, they will continue to have all the family fun games like, splat the knob, knob & spoon race, pin the knob on the giant, knob or no knob and more.
The other main attraction at the festival is one of the biggest food and drink festivals in the county, where the festival supports some of the best food, drink and craft producers in the local area.
Of course they cannot put on such a fantastic local event without one very important company… Moore’s. Moore’s who are based in Bridport continue to make thousands of Knobs for our event and they do not and will not make them for any other event either locally or nationally. Moore’s have been making this famous baked knob since 1880 in Dorset, years ago dipped in cider or tea, today best eaten with its famous counterpart, Dorset Blue Vinny cheese.
So remember with every knob you throw, eat, pin, splat, or paint, you will be helping the rural area of Cattistock and surrounding parishes continue to thrive.
So come along to our 10th birthday, throw a knob, celebrate some of the best local food & drink, support the rural economy but most of all come along and have fun!