Go NUTS in Annapolis Royal every October! 


Conkers? Has anyone really heard of conkers? New to many Nova Scotians, but an old tradition for anyone of British heritage, Conkers has been making a reappearance in Annapolis Royal in recent years.

The game of conkers involves, quite simply, a chestnut on a string. Well, two actually, as each person in the duel requires the same armament. The objective – to break your opponent’s conker. Sounds simple, but it is actually quite difficult and makes for great fun for participants and spectators alike. To quote the Annapolis Royal organizers, conkers is “A game of Kings and school boys – This centuries old form of sporting battle is about to re-emerge.”


The Annual North American Conker Championship is held “centre-Courtyard” at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens every October during a Saturday morning Winter Market as participants vie for the coveted Crofton Chalice.

In 2019, the 8th Annual Championship will be held on Saturday, October 19. Registration begins at 9am and the tournament begins at 10:30am.

No experience necessary! Competitive rounds for age 8 to 108 – practice area available for younger kids and any adults who want to try their hand in a non-competitive environment.


Following the Championship, plan to stay for more fun & games in the Gardens! Join us in Annapolis Royal for this unique day of events.