On Shrove Tuesday at 2pm, the oldest game of football will commence, with the ‘turn up’ of the Shrovetide Ball. This year in Ashbourne, on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd of February 2023, a multitude of people will gather to participate and watch, the Royal Shrovetide Football event. Played over the 2 days and 8 hours a day, it is both notorious, newsworthy and known across the world.
Until last year the ‘turn up’ – where the ball is thrown from the starting place to begin the game – took place on a small red brick plinth on Shaw Croft car park in Ashbourne town centre. However the Royal Shrovetide Committee decided to commission a new platform, to replace the plinth, from which to ‘turn up’ takes place and return it to the centre of the carpark as it had been historically positioned.