Photo gallery: Welly wanging, peg-throwing and Jamaican dodgeball at Hampstead Heath’s Alternative Commonwealth Games

Children play a tug-of-war in the Alternative Commonwealth Games at Hampstead Heath on Sunday (July 13). Picture: Dieter...

Children play a tug-of-war in the Alternative Commonwealth Games at Hampstead Heath on Sunday (July 13). Picture: Dieter Perry - Credit: Dieter Perry

Some of Hampstead Heath’s more adventurous visitors took part in a range of unusual sports in the Alternative Commonwealth Games on Sunday (July 13).

Revellers of all ages were invited to try their hands at Scottish shinty, welly wanging and classic Aussie rules football as part of the City of London Festival’s festival to highlight the upcoming Commonwealth Games, which begin in Glasgow next week.

Other quirky sports taken from across the participating nations included South African peg-throwing game juksei and Jamaican dodgeball variant dandy shandy.

The sporting events were coupled with live music, featuring Melodians Steel Orchestra, as well as food and storytelling spanning the length of the Commonwealth.


You may also want to watch:


Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter