Revamped and reloaded: 51st World Peashooting Championships unveils exciting new category

Mar 26, 2024 | Press Releases

Get ready to aim, shoot, and hit the target as the 51st World Peashooting Championship returns.

Pea shooting enthusiasts and curious spectators alike will gather this summer for this eccentric annual event, taking place in Witcham, near Ely in Cambridgeshire, on Saturday, July 13, 2024.

From humble beginnings over 50 years ago, the World Peashooting Championship has evolved into a celebrated tradition, attracting participants from around the globe and garnering attention from national media outlets, including coverage on BBC’s Countryfile and in publications including the Guardian Weekend Magazine.

As the championship enters its 51st year, organisers are excited to announce a new era of peashooting, embracing tradition while welcoming innovation. Under the theme “Back to our roots” the event will introduce a brand new category: the “Traditional Peashooting Championship”. This category is designed to level the playing field, allowing newcomers and one-off visitors equipped with basic peashooters to compete against similarly equipped opponents.

In a significant development, the organisation of the World Peashooting Championship will now be overseen by the newly formed Witcham Events Committee, a volunteer-led, not-for-profit group dedicated to preserving the championship’s heritage and ensuring its continued success. Proceeds from future events will be re-invested into Witcham’s village facilities or donated to local groups and charities, furthering the event’s positive impact on the community.

“We’re thrilled to embark on this new chapter of the World Peashooting Championship,” said Catherine Hill, chair of the Witcham Events Committee. “By embracing our roots and welcoming all participants, we hope to ensure that this cherished tradition continues to thrive for generations to come.”

This year organisers aim to further strengthen the event with more stalls, entertainment, and children’s activities, creating a family-friendly day out for all ages.

Don’t miss your chance to witness history in the making at the 51st World Peashooting Championship. Whether you’re a seasoned competitor or just a curious spectator there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this quintessentially British event.

Registration opens 1st May 2024. In addition to on-the-day registration, this year advance online registration will also be available, making it quick and easy for individuals and teams to join in the fun!

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