British Wellie Week

Celebrating the Traditional British Wellington Boot

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When is Wellie Week?

Wellie week is an unofficial National celebration of the humble British Wellington Boot.

There are actually two Wellington boot weeks.

  1. April: Welly week is in April when the mud starts increasing due to April showers
  2. October/November: welly week is in the middle of October when the Autumn rains start creating muddy fields and is charity event run by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (see this link for more information)
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April Wellington Boot Weeks

Wear your wellies to work during Wellington Boot week this April:

  • 20th to 26th April 2015
  • 21st to 27th April 2014
  • 22nd to 28th April 2013
  • 23rd to 29th April 2012
  • 18th to 24th April 2011
  • 19th to 25th April 2010
  • 20th to 26th April 2009
  • 21th to 27th April 2008
  • 18th to 24th April 2007
  • 3rd to 9th April 2006

History of the Welly

Wellington Boots were designed by the 1st Duke of Wellington, Field Marshall Arthur Wellesley (1769 - 1852) the vulcanised rubber was invented by English-American inventor Charles Goodyear (1800 - 1860), and the boot welting process invented by Goodyear's son - William Henry Goodyear (1846 - 1923).

See these pages on our website for more info:

Other April Events

Other April events this year occurring at round about the same time:

Yearly Wellie Race

While you're at it setting all your calendars take a look at this related Wellington Boot race - takes place each year on boxing day (26th December).

Originally started in 1976 the Powley (an area in the hills surrounding Castlecomer) men decided, while playing cards, on St Stephen's day (Boxing day for British readers) to run off the Christmas excess by having a race over a cross country circuit. Not being the type of men that would be caught dead in a pair of Nike’s or Adidas runners, let alone actually own a pair, the most obvious foot wear for this type of event was yes you guessed it - Wellingtons.

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Ideas for Welly Week

The RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution) has a fantastic list of events using Wellies including:

  • Welly Wanging (see our page on welly wanging videos)
  • Welly Raft Racing
  • Welly Disco
  • Welly Sunday lunch
  • Welly Decorating
  • Guess the Welly Competition
  • Ploughing Match with Welly Wanging
  • Week of Welly Fun
  • Welly Comedy Night
  • Welly Olympics
  • Welly Barn Dance
  • Welly to Work Day
  • Ploughing Match with Welly Wanging Competition
  • Welly Tractor Pull
  • Welly Golf
  • Beef Wellington Evening
  • Welly wearing & BBQ
  • Welly Speed Dating
  • YFC 70 mile Welly Relay
  • Rugby in Wellies
  • Naked Welly Calendar
  • Welly Walk

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