After years of throwing Dorset Knobs in Cattistock to raise funds for the village, the famous annual event is on the move and will be held at a more practical venue this year at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester.
To celebrate its 10th birthday, the Dorset Knob Throwing Festival will be moving out of its birth place in Cattistock to a new more practical venue at Kingston Maurward.
The quirky idea came about from the former chairman and his wife Shelley, of Cattistock, who took it upon themselves to organise the biscuit throwing competition to help raise much needed additional funds for their village. Today the festival raises £1000s for the clubs, facilities, and organisations in and around the Frome Valley.
Back in 2008, the first event took place in the centre of Cattistock, which included the local pub’s back garden, then with its ever-increasing popularity the festival moved to the local football club’s pitch and today it has become so successful, it has now outgrown the village.
The latest move will allow the Dorset Knob Throwing Festival to continue and former chair Nigel Collins said, “The festival’s success means that an even larger site is needed for 2017 and we believe that Kingston Maurward provides an ideal location. We share the same ethos of promoting locally produced food, drink and goods and the additional space and improved accessibility they can provide for visitors mean this is an exciting development for this truly unique Dorset event.
“As well as the Knob Throwing contest, we will continue to have all the family fun games like, splat the knob, knob and spoon race, pin the knob on the giant, knob or no knob and more.
“The other main attraction at the festival is one of the biggest food and drink festivals in the county, where the festival supports some of the best food, drink and craft producers in the local area.
“Of course we cannot put on such a fantastic local event without one very important company… Moore’s.
“Moore’s is based in Bridport and continues to make thousands of Knobs for the event and they do not, and will not, make them for any other event either locally or nationally.”
Moore’s have been making their famous baked Knob since 1880 in Dorset, years ago dipped in cider or tea, today best eaten with its famous counterpart, Dorset Blue Vinny cheese.
“So remember with every Knob you throw, eat, pin, splat, or paint, you will be helping the rural area of Cattistock and surrounding parishes to continue to thrive,” said Nigel.
Celebrate 10 years of Throwing Knobs on Sunday 30 April, 10am–4pm.