It’s that ‘hedgehog rolling’ festival time again in the whacky Peak District village on a hill called Grindon!

Rolling around the ‘hog’ course at Grindon.

ON a hill not too far away ‘hedgehogs’ will be rolling again in the Peak District village of Grindon this Sunday (July 14)
Sounds cruel but these are not actually REAL hedgehogs, but ones man-made for an annual fun ‘rolling’ festival.
Each summer Grindon (listed in the Domesday Book as Grendon – meaning green hill) continues to celebrate the ancient tradition of Hedgehog Rolling.
The history of this event is somewhat uncertain, but many years ago it seems that real hedgehogs were widely kept as pets (for their pest control abilities) and some were specifically trained to take part in hedgehog races.
It is believed Lewis Carroll got the idea for the Flamingo & Hedgehog Croquet game in Alice in Wonderland after visiting Grindon on Hedgehog Rolling Day.
Grindon’s hedgehog rolling tradition disappeared early last century, but in 2002 it was revived by the Grindon Action Group Committee to help fund various projects around the village.
The ‘hogs’ that are rolled nowadays are giant fir cones imported from France and they are brushed around the village course by ‘rollers’ armed with traditional besoms (brooms).
The hedgehog resembling cones all have their pet names and each entrant is allowed to choose their own hog. There are races for adults and children from 2pm. The event opens at 1.30pm.
Other attractions at the village’s free ‘rolling’ festival, will be donkey rides, Games, tug-of-war, sack and egg and spoon races, tombola, skittles and stalls. Entertainment will be provided by the Black Dog Molly Dancers and Leek Folk Dancers.

The ‘hogs’ ready for rolling.