King Kubb: The Ancient Game of Throwns

Our Giants

We borrowed a Yeti for our first festival, and it went down so well that we decided to start making our own giants. We now have a range of giants for hire for your events, parades or festivals. Find out more about our King Kubb giants.

The Game

Officially called Kubb (our 'Game of Throwns') is a fun lawn game, as played (apparently) by the Vikings. Find out more about the game of throwns.

TESTIMONIALS

"Absolutely awesome, added a great interest to our festival! Fun for all game. Spectacular giant loved by all & superb team to work with! Thanks guys we can't wait to have you back to Beacon Festival"

Lindsay Howard-Deanm Beacon Festival, Oxfordshire

"Having worked with King Kubb at many different festivals & events this year I have found that they are always a crowd pleaser. The historically accurate 'Game of Thrones' gets families, work mates, adults & kids excited and eager to play again and again..."

Steve Benton, Sunrise Festival

"What an excellent way of bringing people together! King Kubb went down a storm for us at Green Man 2013. I loved the way people watching really got into it and teamed up to play even when they didn't know each other. It brought out the best festival spirit in everyone. Excellent!"

Emily Williams, SOMEWHERE Area Manager, Green Man Festival

"The real centrepieces are the giants. So effective and lifelike they are a real draw to any event. Perfect to lead a parade, lights switch-on or canival, the Kubb giants really make the event stand out...Working with Barney and the rest of the Kubb crew has been a pleasure this year. They come equipped for any eventuality, are a self-contained unit and clean up after themselves. A true professional outfit."

Steve Benton, Sunrise Festival

“I wasn't in the mood for playing games, but I was drawn in by the fun that others were having. It is great fun and anyone can play this! Good ideas in practice. X”

Kate Jones, Festival goer

“Good fun, easy for all ages. I liked wearing the hat and feeling stronger”

Ohiane Urangu, Festival goer, Green Man Festival

“Es muy sencillo aprender y divertido jugar. Trabajas la habilidad de todo ol cuerpo”

Daniel Santamaria, Festival goer, Croissant Neuf Festival 2013

“Loved how simple and enjoyable it was. I would love to be able to play it at home with my kids. Thanks!”

Hernando Alvarez, Festival goer, Croissant Neuf Festival

Great fun for everyone!”

Rachel Seymour, Festival goer, Green Man Festival

“Great game - loads of fun at any age. Who can resist throwing sticks at things. Friendly game to play with people you don't know”

Dave Hall, Festival goer, Green Man Festival

“Really enjoyed my first game of Kubb. Sets look great and the rules were explained well. Would be keen to buy a set”

Lindsay Barrett, Festival goer, Croissant Neuf Festival

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King Kubb Giants

Our giants are a fantastic addition to any parade, festival or event. Standing at 11 feet tall, they always prove to be a hit, especially with the kids. 

Our original giant was the King Kubb himself - a viking warrior style giant which we've paraded at a large number of UK festivals and events, including Green Man Festival, BeaconsFest, the Welsh Cider and Perry Festival, Croissant Neuf Festival and many others.

This year King Kubb has been joined by our new Santa Giant who comes complete with EL Wire lighting to make a colourful impact for night time events. 

Custom Giants

Our giants are customisable, so if you want a pirate, spaceman, robot, chef (or anything else you can think of) then we can provide a giant designed for your given theme. Contact us about custom giants.

Jorvik Festival 2015

Catch three of our Giants at the Jorvik Festival 2015.

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Kubb, the Game of Throwns

Kubb, or Viking Chess has its origins in Scandinavia, and is a fun and competetive lawn game. The object of the game is to knock down your opponents wooden blocks — the kubbs — by throwing wooden batons at them.

The pitch is a rectangle, 8 metres by 5 metres with the kubbs placed on each opposite baseline, and a king in the middle of the pitch. Rules can vary from country to country (or even region to region) and games can last between 5 minutes and an hour (if playing the longform game… which we don't). When one player has knocked down all his opponents kubb then they get to aim to knock over the king to win.

It is a fun game for all ages and abilities — we can shrink the court for younger players, or players with disabilities, and from our position as fathers it has the added benefit of getting the kids away from their screens (and doesn't require charging, wifi or a 3g signal!).

King Kubb tours the festivals of the UK in the summer months, but we are also available for your private events. 


Thanks to Justin Ross for this video (we'll be making our own soon!).

 

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What Is Kubb?

The Ancient Viking Game of Kubb is hugely enjoyable and is guaranteed fun for all ages and abilities.

Opposing teams pit their skills against eachother across a court to capture the king. The Rules should only take a few minutes to learn but could take a lifetime to master. Kubb will test your hand-eye coordination, strategic thinking and your luck!

The Ancient Viking Game was said to have started in the 9th century in Sweden. Luckily the game is no longer only played by bloodthirsty marauding warriors, it has found worldwide popularity. Whilst many people play purely for fun, there are competitive leagues in many countries and an annual world championship in Gotland, Sweden.

The modern rules can be found on our website

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Kubb Kup

We've held several Kubb Kups over the past couple of years, notably at Green Man Festival, The Welsh Cider & Perry Festival (Caldicot), Green Gathering festival, Blue Lagoon, Beaconfest, Lakefest and Croissant Neuf Festival. The competition is open to all comers, and structured like a traditional knockout cup.

The winners and losing finalists all receive awards, and prizes, and we're aiming to grow this aspect of our business to launch the Welsh Kubb Knockout Cup... stay tuned!