River Thames to Host International Pooh Sticks Competition

February 7, 2011
People playing Pooh sticks on a bridge

For the past 28 years, thr River Thames has had the honour of playing host to the International Pooh Sticks festival. The event was canceled in 2010 because of high water. In 2009 there were a total of 2000 spectators who had gathered to watch 800 participants take part in the event.

Pooh Sticks is a game invented by A. A. Milne, author of the Winnie the Pooh books. The game involves throwing a stick from one side of the bridge and the stick that emerges first from under the bridge is the winner. Fans and followers from around the world flock to Days Lock in Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire.

Money for the event if raised by the Rotary Club who also happen to be the organizers for the event. The proceeds of which are given to the RNLI and the local church's roof restoration project.