If any of Room 101-102’s followers have been put off your summer package deal this year in the face of the very real possibility of sharing your holiday with this lot you might be on the look out for a more cultured alternative.
To help you save time searching, we’ve done the hard work for you and gathered together in Room 102 twelve of the most bizarre, unusual or downright daft tourist destinations to see you through the year:
May – Gloucester Cheese Rolling Festival
Kick things off with a big cheese. May bank holiday sees hundreds of people gathering on a very steep hill and chasing an 8lb Double Gloucester cheese all the way down and into the arms of the St John’s Ambulance crew waiting at the bottom with band aid at the ready. Smelly.
June – El Colacho (Baby Jumping Festival)
Celebrated annually since 1620 in the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos. Involves a priest dressing up as the devil and running through the town smacking the locals on the backside before launching himself over the town’s baby population who are unsuspectingly laid out on a mattress in the street. Allegedly it rids the babies of original sin and wards off evil spirits. Those priests have a lot to answer for.
July – World UFO Day
Head to Roswell, New Mexico to celebrate World UFO Day on the site of the infamous Roswell UFO Incident, with scientists, conspiracy theorists and nutters for company.
August – La Tomatina
Back to Spain and a date at the village of Bunol, near Valencia, to join the masses in slinging around 100,000 pounds of tomatoes, which are thoughtfully dumped in the village centre by the caring Town Hall especially for the purpose. Wet suit and goggles essential.
September – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Escape the autumn chills and head for the ocean. To a patch of Pacific waters the size of Texas to be precise, where billions of pieces of chemical waste, sludge and slurry are brought together by the swirling currents of the North Pacific Gyre. For $10,000 a pop you can hang out on a trash-clearing trawler and do your bit for the environment. Take your gas mask.
October – Enjoy India
Mark the end of monsoon season with a trip to Rajasthan. The Karni Mata Temple in the town of Deshnoke is your target, to pay homage to the goddess Durga and the 20,000 sacred (live) rats that watch over her in her resting place. Scratchy.
November – Punkin Chunkin
Delaware is your destination for the Punkin Chunkin festival. Join thousands of fellow pumpkin lovers to see who can toss, hurl and catapult a barrage of big round orange things over the greatest distance. Squashy.