World PoohSticks Championships
What you need to know for the Championships in 2023

What you need to know for the Championships in 2023

What date and time does everything happen?

This year’s championships will be on Sunday 28th May. Players should buy their tickets and register in advance on the website and aim to reach the registration tent on the day at 11:00am.

The Games will start at around 11:30am so registration for them will start at around 11:00am. Players buy a ticket in advance on the website or in the registration tent and then exchange this for a competition stick in the Keeper Of The Sticks area. The games will probably finish by about 4pm but it does of course depend on the number of visitors on the day, so to avoid disappointment please come along earlier rather than later. We expect the registration tent to close at about 3:30pm. We normally have 3 rounds of games before our semi finals and finals.
In the registration tent each player will be given a programme with information about the day.

How much does it cost?

We charge £4.00 for each player in the Competitions and £10 for a group or family of four players.  Any surplus on the day goes to charities supported by our Rotary Club and other clubs and charity groups that help us on the day.

Food and Drink

There will be teas and cakes, ice-cream, candy floss and popcorn available at the event. There will also be a hog roast and barbeque. The Witney Music Festival team will be running the bar.

Other Games and Entertainment

We have lots to keep you entertained. We have the hook a duck and splat the rat games, we have a demonstration of rope making and we’ll have some bird feed for you to feed the ducks after the competition has finished. We hope to see the return of the human fruit machine. And we will have a BOUNCY CASTLE!!!

Learn about Rotary’s End Polio Now Campaign and visit the amazing Shelterbox tent and hear about how it’s used around the world. We will, of course also have an RNLI stand since the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was the charity supported when the Poohstick Championships started in 1983.

How to find us and parking

Click here for directions to the car park and to the Poohsticks bridge.


There are good footpaths in the area, from the car parks to the bridge area. The registration tent and other attractions will be on the common and so the ground could be soft and uneven.


St Mary’s Cogges Church is kindly allowing Pooh Sticks visitors to use their toilets. Visitors. There are also public toilets next to the shoppers’ car park. We will have a first aid team on site for the day, based in a tent on the common.