The green hillsides of the Cotswold Way

Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling 2018

28 May 2018

General event

Gloucestershire’s Cooper Hill has been host to the traditional cheese rolling event since the 1800s, but health and safety concerns meant the event was officially cancelled in 2010.  Since then however, spectators and loyal competitors have continued to descend on Cooper’s Hill, determined to keep this world-famous tradition alive – with this year’s event set to take place on Monday 28 May 2018.

Thousands will gather around Cooper’s Hill to watch upwards of 40 contests annually attempt to chase a rolling cheese wheel down the hill.  The tradition dates back several hundred years validating the race as a world-famous event. The legacy lives on without a conclusive origin, yet many attest that it spawned during the early 1800s to celebrate the turn of winter and a fresh batch of crops.

At the very top of the hill, the master of Ceremonies will release a nine-pound wheel of Double Gloucester cheese which can take on speeds of over 70 miles an hour. The first runner to get to the bottom of the hill wins the contest and a whole lot of cheese, literally. Unfortunately, the Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling event is by no means a safe competition. If you decide you are crazy enough to compete, make sure you don’t bruise or cry easily. Dozens are injured every year as contestants attempting to make it down the hill are often hospitalised.  Participants and even spectators attend at their own risk.

Watching the event The festival itself is relatively informal and has very little organisation. Make sure to get to the hill extra early to grab a spot on the sidelines. The best seats in the house are actually at the bottom of the hill where you can see the entire field.

Last years races with videos can be seen here 

The first race traditionally starts at 12pm

Admission: Free of charge. Please note, there is likely to be no parking available in the immediate area and the police are expected to close roads on and around Cooper's Hill.

Organiser Details:

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Coopers Hill, Gloucester GL3, UK

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