Competitors put their strength to the test at the Peak District Highland Games

Competitors will put their strength to the test at the Peak District Highland Games at Matlock Farm Park on August 28, 2022.

Now in its seventh year, the flagship show takes place at Matlock Farm Park on Sunday August 29, when athletes will compete in six demanding showdowns, including the Caber Throw, Eight-Ton Tractor Pull and the Peak District Dinnie Stone challenge.

Spectators can get involved in the fun by testing their strength in an arm wrestle.

The day will begin with a parade of athletes, accompanied by a Scottish pipe band.

Towing a tractor will be part of the showdown.

A range of food, market and craft stalls will be set up and visitors can quench their thirst for refreshment in the Bradfield Brewery Beer Tent and Franklin & Sons Gin Garden.

There will be an interactive encounter with exotic animals, as well as much of the usual Farm Park fun, including sheep racing, small animal handling, and fun with the new Enchanted Hamlet and Jumping Pillow .

Lotty Hawkins, Assistant Manager of Matlock Farm Park, said: “We are delighted to once again be hosting this fantastic event. It is a favorite for so many people, regardless of age. It’s a real spectacle and with so many other activities in the park, there’s something for everyone”.

The 2021 games saw the introduction of strong women at the event, who were warmly welcomed by the crowd. Multiple Guinness World Record holder Nicky Walters and teenage sensation Millie Thornton took on a mighty Tractor Pull and Caber Toss, but it was arguably Chloe Brennan who stole the show lifting the legendary Peak District Dinnie Stones. This year will see the addition of Emma Wilson, Kay Gallacher and Michaela Moore.

Manbeast Events Director Andy Picken said: “There is increasing diversity in strength sports and the women are showing great dedication to training and superb displays of strength.

“Both female and male athletes are really excited about this year’s Peak District Highland Games, with some incredible competitors lining up. In 2021, Dave Thornton has twice beaten PDHG champion Scott Mark Litchfield and it will be interesting to see if either of them can claim the title again.

“With the introduction of new athletes, including 6-foot-7 strong youngster Terry Harrison from Lincoln, it will be fascinating to see how the newcomers fare against the group of experienced and established athletes.”

Tickets cost £17.95 (adult), £15.95 (OAP, student), £14.95 (child), £12.95 (toddler, 2-3), under 18 free. 2 years. For more information and to buy tickets for the Peak District Highland Games, go to matlockfarmpark.digitickets.co.uk/tickets.


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Jennifer R. Strohm