Clash of the conkers in Barnstaple

Landlady Esther Davies and Tim Webster of Barum Bewery gear up at the Reform Inn for a little practi

Landlady Esther Davies and Tim Webster of Barum Bewery gear up at the Reform Inn for a little practice before the big open Conker Competition on Sunday (October 27). - Credit: Archant

Have you got what it takes to be king of the horse chestnuts at the annual conker bash in the Reform Inn, Pilton, on Sunday, October 27?

THE clash of conkers will echo across Barnstaple on Sunday as hopefuls head to the Reform Inn at Pilton to find out who will be crowned North Devon conker champion.

Landlords Esther and Gavin Davies will be hosting the annual butting of horse chestnuts from 3pm, with is free to enter, with all welcome to have a crack at being the last conker ‘standing’.

A beer festival will also be running from Friday to Sunday, together with live music on Friday at 9pm courtesy of local band Raining Globe plus a Mod Night with DJ Snob on Saturday, also at 9pm.

Conker competitors should bring their own string, but the only conkers allowed are those supplied on the day from Barum Brewery owner Tim Webster’s own tree.


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Simply sign up, pick your weapon of choice from the tray provided – none of which have been baked, boiled, pickled or tampered with in any way – and enter the heats.

There is a trophy for the winner and runner up, and contestants may wish to make a voluntary donation towards organising the Pilton Festival next year.

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“It’s a simple knockout competition, right down to the last two,” said Tim.

“Mind you, it makes a nice mess of the pub floor by the time we’ve finished.”

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