Sporting events are popular on a global scale and different greatly from region to region. Travelers who are venturing to the U.K. on their Europe Travel excursion this spring who are interested in unusual sporting traditions can check out the British and World Marbles Championship this April, held in West Sussex.
This area has a rich history in marbles, dating back to the 1890s. According to the event's website, the pastime grew in popularity in the 1950s and is still well-loved by enthusiasts today. Players compete on the historical Tinsley Green and the Greyhound where international competitions were started by traveling sailors and army soldiers more than five decades ago.
Those who currently participate in the friendly contest hail from various countries and places throughout England. They play by simple rules, which allow individuals to knock each other's marbles out of the designated ring.
Travelers in West Sussex for the tournament should also visit some of the beautiful buildings in the region. According to Frommer's, Chichester Cathedral is worth a look for its historical design and towering steeples.
See also ...