The Tetbury Woolsack Races


Welcome to the official home of the Tetbury Woolsack Races, an annual event held on the last bank holiday Monday in May that attracts crowds of up to 5000 people and raises money for local charities and good causes. Please spend a little time to browse through the pages of this very unique annual British event.

The races have no greater aim than for individuals and teams to demonstrate their strength and fitness by racing whilst carrying a sack of wool – up and down a hill that reaches a gradient of 1 in 4. Around this the town celebrates with a street fair that aims to please many with street entertainers, local stalls and amusement rides. The many catering establishments in the town also join in to provide a very local fare for visitors.

If this is your first visit to the site then please browse the site to gain an insight into the event. If that whets your appetite to visit, or even compete (an entry form can be downloaded from this site), then you will be most welcome. There is ample parking arranged in the town, for a small fee, and then no cost to enter the town and watch the racing spectacle.


Who holds the official Guiness World Record?

See the BBC Article on Woolsack Races from 1981 - Click here


For 2018 we were delighted to welcome ex - Tetbury girl Ellie Harrison to open the Races. The co-host of BBC's CountryFile and regularly seen on TV, Ellie started the Races for us - thank you Ellie!!

Ellie Harrison re sized



In 2017 we were delighted that Radzi Chinyanganya from popular children's programme Blue Peter joined us and competed in the Men's individual race - hoping to break a record. Hundreds of his fans turned up to cheer him on! 



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27th May 2019!

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