The British Open Crabbing Championship
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ANNUAL EVENT 1981 - 2010

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The one that got away
Pictures of the 30th Championship in 2010 and details of winners are available to see here.

The British Open Crabbing Championship has been held annually on thirty occasions up to and including the 2010 event. Great fun for children of all ages (nobody born before 1890 could enter!). These events raised funds for national, county, sea-related and local charities and good causes. All proceeds from the 2009 Championship were donated to the Walberswick Sea and River Defence organisations whose sole aim and objective is to protect this community and its environment for years to come. The 2010 event benefitted The East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) Treehouse Appeal.

In later years attendance figures soared. In 2007 a record 762 entrants enjoyed this event, in 2008 this record was smashed by an attendance of 978, however 2009 saw an amazing attendance of 1252 entrants - so many in fact that a whole new crabbing area had to be opened - quite unprecedented. The British Crabbing Federation did remarkably well to accommodate such unexpected numbers. Attendance numbers settled down in 2010.

Sadly however, in 2011 it was decided that the problems of the sheer numbers of people attending the Crabbing Championship event meant that the organisers needed to step back and review the whole event, giving consideration to all the issues involved.
A press release was issued in February 2011 which explained the situation.

The British Crabbing Federation have been thrilled at the success of the Championship and the pleasure brought to thousands of children and their families over the years who have enjoyed a fun event whilst raising funds for good causes.

On the Day
Some notes about attending the British Open Crabbing Championship.
Interested in finding out more about crabs and marine life? Check out our links here.
Find out about the British Crabbing Federation - our officials, how to contact us, and the fine folk that support us.
In order to protect the welfare of the crabs, and encourage fair play in the contest, a few rules are necessary. Click above to check them out!

Reports of past Championship events:

1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010

Have YOU caught crabs in Walberswick?

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Official British Crabbing Championship Site