About The Games


You may not realise it, but the modern Olympic movement has its historic roots in a small rural event in Gloucestershire, England - Robert Dover's Olimpick Games. In 2012, we celebrated the 400th anniversary of what are now often called the Cotswold Olimpicks. 
     As part of their successful bid for the London 2012 Games, the British Olympic Association stated: 
     "An Olympic Games held in London in 2012 will mark a unique anniversary - it will be exactly 400 years from the moment that the first stirrings of Britain's Olympic beginnings can be identified."

...this was the pre-dawn of the Olympic Movement, and the Cotswold Games began the historical thread in Britain that was ultimately to lead to the creation of the modern Olympics.
— British Olympic Association

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We spent an interesting Sunday morning recently filming a segment on shin-kicking for primetime Japanese TV! The segment will be shown on ItteQ, on Nippon TV, with an audience of up to 20 million!

The pleasure we bring to the thousands of families, both adults and children, is reward in itself to the team and supporters -  But last year saw recognition by both The Oldie Magazine and Cotswold Tourism.
    Robert Dover's Cotswold Olimpick Games won significant awards as contributors to travel in the UK (The Oldie Award) and also tourism in our area (The Cotswold Gold Tourism Award). 
    We're not resting on any laurels, however, and are delighted to once again provide our entertainments in 2014. 

Did You Know...

Some of our sports may not seem very contemporary to you, but Tug o' War and even poetry were part of the Olympic Games as recently as the early 20th Century!