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September
2017
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Hundreds to gather for Hampstead Heath Conker Championships 2017

On Sunday 1 October, hundreds of Londoners will gather at Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath to battle it out for the 16th annual Hampstead Heath Conker Championships.

The championships have been a regular staple on the London calendar and in 2011 the event won the Guinness World Record for the largest conker championships in the world with 395 participants.

The event is free to attend and the resident Conkermeister will officiate. Competitors can register at the Parliament Hill Bandstand by 14.30 to take part. Conkers will be provided.

There are five categories for competitors, including Under 5s, 5-7 years, 8-13 years, 14-17 years and 18s and over.

The winner for each category will receive the coveted golden conker and certificate to commemorate their victory.

Karina Dostalova, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Hampstead Heath Management Committee, said:

“This great British pastime has been enjoyed for generations and makes for a great family afternoon in one of London’s finest green spaces.

“This annual competition draws hundreds of people onto the Heath every year and as ever, the competition remains fierce.”

Hampstead Heath is located 3.5 miles from Trafalgar Square and receives over 7 million visits a year. The City Corporation spends more than £5 million a year to maintain the Heath which includes a zoo, an athletics track, an education centre, extensive children's facilities, three natural bathing ponds and a Lido.

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About the City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. In addition, the City Corporation has three roles:

  • We support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration, education and skills. In addition, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, makes grants of around £20 million annually to tackle disadvantage across London.
  • We also help look after key London heritage and green spaces including Tower Bridge, the Museum of London, Barbican Arts Centre, City gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important commons in London.
  • We also support and promote the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events and research-driven policies, all reflecting a long-term approach.

See www.cityoflondon.gov.uk for more details.