The summer may officially be over and with Christmas just three months away, what better way to pass the time in between then to head to one of the many autumnal wacky contests around the UK or overseas.

Whether you fancy a spot of pea throwing or a chance to win your wife's weight in cider (there is a catch), there is something for everybody. Entries for some of the events listed have closed, but go along anyway and work up an appetite for 2010. If you're not the active type, don’t worry, these events make even better spectator sports. Here are ten of the best for autumn:

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More information on these events and a further 40 ideas for wacky days out can be found in Wacky Nation ( by James Bamber and Sally Raynes, published by Icon at £9.99. The authors have taken part in over 100 wacky events in the UK and are now writing a second book on their exploits.

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