When it comes to ‘must-do’ international events, it's highly probable that the quirky World Bog Snorkelling Championship is not even on your radar.

The whole day has a festival atmosphere and there are food stalls, real ale and cider, crafts and even a bouncy castle on site.

Yet this offbeat sporting event, which takes place every summer in Llanwrtyd Wells in Mid Wales, not far from the Brecon Beacons, is actually one definitely not to be missed.

What exactly is bog snorkelling?

The clue is in the name, but basically participants swim along a water-filled trench that has been cut into a peat bog – using a snorkel and face mask to breathe as they go.

Conventional swimming strokes are not allowed, and contestants must kick their legs, using flippers to propel themselves along the murky channel.

The activity was apparently born from a discussion between regulars in a pub in Llanwrtyd Wells in 1976. The first Bog Snorkelling World Championship was held at the Waen Rhydd peat bog in 1985,and it now takes place every August Bank Holiday. This year's fixture is on Sunday, 27 August.

How serious is the competition?

Some of the competitors take the event very seriously, but it's an opportunity to wear fancy dress and have a laugh for most.

The whole day has a festival atmosphere and there are food stalls, real ale and cider, crafts and even a bouncy castle on site.

The action gets under way at 10.00am and a shuttle bus is laid on from the town - though many spectators choose to walk the mile or so to the site instead. As you might have guessed, sensible footwear is advised.

For more information, visit: http://www.visitmidwales.co.uk/Llanwrtyd-Wells-World-Bogsnorkelling-Championships/

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