Welcome to Wenlock Olympian Society

Preserving the ideals of Dr William Penny Brookes – the inspiration for the modern Olympic Movement.

Dates for the 130th Wenlock Olympian Games are Saturday 2nd July to Saturday 16th July 2016.

Chris Cannon – the Wenlock Olympian Society archivist has written an article for the journal of the International Society of Olympic Historians.  The article describes the background to the return of the four silver ‘Tilting at the Ring’ cups first awarded some 140 years ago to Charles Ainsworth.  These cups made there way to Zimbabwe before being returned to Much Wenlock last year.  The article can be found here: ISOH article.


Wenlock Olympian GamesWenlock Olympian Games
The first Wenlock Olympian Games took place in 1850 and the next ones are scheduled for July 2016. Click below for details of the next event.

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Wenlock Olympian Society President Jonathan Edwards CBEJonathan Edwards CBE
Wenlock Olympian Society President, It’s a great pleasure to welcome our many spectators and competitors – both local and national to the Wenlock Olympian Games”.

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Live Arts FestivalLive Arts Festival
The Live Arts Festival has taken place each year since 1979. Competitions were held in the performing arts as part of the original Olympic Games.

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William Penny BrookesWenlock Olympian Society
Founded in 1860 by William Penny Brookes “to provide annual competitions in sports and the arts for people of every grade”, a significant part of the modern International Olympic Games’ history…

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Wenlocl Olympian TrailWenlock Olympian Trail
For those wishing to delve deeper into the remarkable Wenlock Olympian Society story there is now a designated walk around the town.

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