Britain’s most eccentric sporting event is back! While the masses flock to Stratford, the Chap Olympiad will welcome the elegant and the un-athletic to its increasingly famous celebration of sporting ineptitude and immaculate trousers’ creases. Set in the quaint surroundings of Bedford Square on the 7th and 8th of July, the Olympiad is designed to reward panache over sporting prowess and requires minimum physical exertion. Gents and ladies are encouraged to come in period dress while there will be live bands, cabaret acts, side shows, tasty cocktails to add to the merriment.
For those who believe that sporting prowess is overrated, and who’d rather celebrate panache over physical exertion, then the Chap Olympiad -designed to separate the chaps from the cads- is just the place to be.
There, gentlemen can compete in inspired events such as the Raconteur’s Relay, Butler Baiting, Swooning the Ladies, Umbrella Joustling, Shouting at Foreigners, Moving Hat Stand and the legendary Pipeathlon, where contestants must complete three laps, including ten yards without their feet touching the ground (assistants allowed), while maintaining a fully lit pipe.
For those who would rather not compete, there will also be live music from big bands, piano players and cabaret singers, as well as old fashioned lawn games such as a coconut shy, boules and hoopla. Bit insane? Absolutely, but most definitely great fun!
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July 2012 from 1pm Bedford Square Gardens WC1 £20 per day or £30 for the weekend through Ticketweb or by phone 0207 724 1617 www.thechapolympiad.com.