World Hen Racing

Our Traditions - World Hen Racing

This family-friendly World Hen Racing Championship event takes place every year in the car park at the 200-year-old Barley Mow pub in Bonsall. Participants can either bring their own hen or rent one for a small donation of £5.00.  The hens have to race a 30-foot course with the help of their owners who entice the clucking hens with meal worms, corn and lots of encouragement. It is all in good humour and the hens are well looked after even if they head back to the start line.  The fastest time for a hen to complete the course was three seconds but it usually takes much longer than that. The winning hen receives a bag of grain and the owner a trophy.

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