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The annual Cheese-Rolling Festival at Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire traditionally takes place each year 
at 12:00 midday on the Late Spring Bank Holiday Monday.

Monday 27th May 2013

[The Late Spring Bank Holiday, is NORMALLY determined by statute as the last Monday in May each year.]

In 2012 however the Late Spring Bank Holiday was moved to the first Monday in June, June 4th, this was to coincide with the additional Bank Holiday on June 5th (in 2012 only) to give people in the UK the opportunity of a 4-day weekend to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The Late Spring Bank Holiday was last moved in 2002, when Tuesday June 4th was designated the Late Spring Bank Holiday, this being the day after the Special Bank Holiday, created to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday 3rd June.
The cheese rolling was held on Tuesday 4th June, it is believed that this was the only occasion in recorded history that the event was moved from the traditional Monday. 


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The Cheese-Rolling festival was originally held at midsummer but was moved some years ago to Whitsuntide, taking place on Whit Monday which was at that time a UK Bank Holiday.

[Whit Monday  is the holiday celebrated the day after Pentecost, a movable feast in the Christian calendar.]

Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday (also known as Monday of the Holy Spirit) gets its English name for following "Whitsun", the day that became one of the three baptismal seasons. It is movable because it is determined by the date of Easter. The name "Whitsunday" is now generally attributed to the white garments formerly worn by the candidates for baptism on this feast.

In 1967, in the UK, the Whitsun bank holiday (Whit Monday) was replaced by the Late Spring Bank Holiday - fixed as the last Monday in May each year.

The 'Cheese Rolling and Wake' was again moved, this time to the Late Spring Bank Holiday Monday.

[In 1978, the first Monday in May was also named, in England Wales & Northern Ireland as a  Bank Holiday.]


The future of Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill.

Following the decision of CHCRC Ltd, the organisation responsible for staging the "official" event, to cancel the 2010 event, the company has now been wound up and no longer runs the event leaving it to the fans to stage traditional free events in this and future years.

In 2010, and 2011 2012 the event was run by local enthusiasts, this is likely to remain the case in future years until a new "Official" Sponsor comes forward to take over. The event continues as a tribute to the determination of the local fans, a true tribute to "people power" 

It is evident that many people, including the organisers and the police, would wish to see an end to the popularity of this event, with access granted, it at all, to only a few locals. 

The excellent 2010 Unofficial Cheese Rolling Event at Cooper's Hill, was successful in maintaining the unbroken tradition of the event, following the failure of CHCRC to organise an "Official" event. This has been followed up each year with a locally organised event, returning to the age old traditions of the Cheese-Rolling.

Whatever the future holds for the event, full information will be made available, as a free public service, to the public in general via this web site.   


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