The most disturbing facial contortions – there are separate male and female categories – will win the coveted title of world champion. A uniquely British exhibit of lunacy.

Why: Though Egremont Crab Fair And Sports was established in 1267 – making it one of the oldest fairs in the world – the gurning event didn’t come into force until 1945. Contestants from Canada, Australia, the US and the Netherlands have all taken part in what’s become a bona fide phenomenon.

Do it because: It’s been won 13 times by Tommy Mattinson (pictured), whose father Gordon won it 10 times before him. Can Tommy keep the family name at the top of the table this year? There’s only one way to find out – be there and cheer him on.


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