Whole village turns out for a medieval game of football, others race bathtubs

While many party-goers up and down the UK emerged weary-eyed today from celebrating New Year, some took the opportunity to take part in brilliant and bizarre activities including racing bathtubs and taking dips in the freezing cold sea.

Other eccentric rituals included a whole village in Kirkwall, Scotland, lining the streets to play a medieval game of football. 

Youths from Orkadian spent the day taking part in the Boys New Years Ba Game which is played with a hand crafted leather ball. The Ba’ Game is a mass street football match which starts at the towns Mercat Cross and is played between two teams, the Uppies and the Doonies. 

The game has been played in Kirkwall’s streets for hundreds of years, with the teams made up of men from the south end of the town and the north end.

This is while in Gosport locals braved the chilly temperatures and celebrated the beginning of a new decade with a swim. Many wore swimming trunks while others opted for fancy dress such as hula skirts and turkey hats.

Jokers in Dorset donned masks of political leaders and took to Poole Quay in order to take part in the wild and wacky bathtub race.

Orkadian youths take part in the Boys New Years Ba Game played with a hand crafted leather ball. The Ba' Game is a mass street football match which starts at the towns Mercat Cross, is played between two teams, the Uppies and the Doonies

Orkadian youths take part in the Boys New Years Ba Game played with a hand crafted leather ball. The Ba' Game is a mass street football match which starts at the towns Mercat Cross, is played between two teams, the Uppies and the Doonies

Orkadian youths take part in the Boys New Years Ba Game played with a hand crafted leather ball. The Ba’ Game is a mass street football match which starts at the towns Mercat Cross, is played between two teams, the Uppies and the Doonies

A woman takes part in the Scarborough Lions Club charity New Year's Day Dip in Scarborough, as part of New Year's Day celebrations

A woman takes part in the Scarborough Lions Club charity New Year's Day Dip in Scarborough, as part of New Year's Day celebrations

A woman takes part in the Scarborough Lions Club charity New Year’s Day Dip in Scarborough, as part of New Year’s Day celebrations

Some jokers decide to wear masks of political leaders while taking part in the annual bathtub race in Poole Quay Dorset today

Some jokers decide to wear masks of political leaders while taking part in the annual bathtub race in Poole Quay Dorset today

Some jokers decide to wear masks of political leaders while taking part in the annual bathtub race in Poole Quay Dorset today 

Over 2000 people kick of 2020 with a New Years Day swim at Barry Beach, Wales. One woman (left) was seen wearing a Hula skirt while another wore stripey leggings

Over 2000 people kick of 2020 with a New Years Day swim at Barry Beach, Wales. One woman (left) was seen wearing a Hula skirt while another wore stripey leggings

Over 2000 people kick of 2020 with a New Years Day swim at Barry Beach, Wales. One woman (left) was seen wearing a Hula skirt while another wore stripey leggings 

A charity competitor jumps off of Okeover Bridge into the River Dove during the Mapleton raft race and bridge jump, at Mapleton, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, as part of New Year's Day celebrations

A charity competitor jumps off of Okeover Bridge into the River Dove during the Mapleton raft race and bridge jump, at Mapleton, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, as part of New Year's Day celebrations

A charity competitor jumps off of Okeover Bridge into the River Dove during the Mapleton raft race and bridge jump, at Mapleton, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, as part of New Year’s Day celebrations

Participants pose in the water with their '2020' sign as they take part in the annual New Year's Day 'Loony Dook' swim, in the Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh

Participants pose in the water with their '2020' sign as they take part in the annual New Year's Day 'Loony Dook' swim, in the Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh

Participants pose in the water with their ‘2020’ sign as they take part in the annual New Year’s Day ‘Loony Dook’ swim, in the Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh

Around a hundred people braved the cold Firth of Forth at the Kingshorn RNLI Loony Dook to start 2020 New Year. Two of the women above were seen wearing mermaid swimsuits while the other two wore hula skirts

Around a hundred people braved the cold Firth of Forth at the Kingshorn RNLI Loony Dook to start 2020 New Year. Two of the women above were seen wearing mermaid swimsuits while the other two wore hula skirts

Around a hundred people braved the cold Firth of Forth at the Kingshorn RNLI Loony Dook to start 2020 New Year. Two of the women above were seen wearing mermaid swimsuits while the other two wore hula skirts 

Participants at the New Year Bridge Jump at Mappleton, near Ashbourne, which is a tradition that dates back more than 30 years and sees dozens brave the freezing River Dove from Okeover Bridge

Participants at the New Year Bridge Jump at Mappleton, near Ashbourne, which is a tradition that dates back more than 30 years and sees dozens brave the freezing River Dove from Okeover Bridge

Participants at the New Year Bridge Jump at Mappleton, near Ashbourne, which is a tradition that dates back more than 30 years and sees dozens brave the freezing River Dove from Okeover Bridge

Supporters and protesters lined the High Street to watch members of the Essex Farmer and Union Hunt parade in the High Street and Blue Boar public house Maldon Essex for their annual New Year's day meeting

Supporters and protesters lined the High Street to watch members of the Essex Farmer and Union Hunt parade in the High Street and Blue Boar public house Maldon Essex for their annual New Year's day meeting

Supporters and protesters lined the High Street to watch members of the Essex Farmer and Union Hunt parade in the High Street and Blue Boar public house Maldon Essex for their annual New Year’s day meeting

The Roaring Twenties: Emilia Hoyle, 23, from Chester dresses in the style of a stylish 1920s lady at the Abersoch RNLI New Year's Day Sea Dip

The Roaring Twenties: Emilia Hoyle, 23, from Chester dresses in the style of a stylish 1920s lady at the Abersoch RNLI New Year's Day Sea Dip

The Roaring Twenties: Emilia Hoyle, 23, from Chester dresses in the style of a stylish 1920s lady at the Abersoch RNLI New Year’s Day Sea Dip

People take part in the Panama Swimming club New Year's Day dip, in Whitley Bay, as part of New Year's Day celebrations. The sun was seen shining today as many ran into the sea with some even wearing tutus

People take part in the Panama Swimming club New Year's Day dip, in Whitley Bay, as part of New Year's Day celebrations. The sun was seen shining today as many ran into the sea with some even wearing tutus

People take part in the Panama Swimming club New Year’s Day dip, in Whitley Bay, as part of New Year’s Day celebrations. The sun was seen shining today as many ran into the sea with some even wearing tutus

The 'Ba Game' has been played in Kirkwall's streets for hundreds of years, with the teams made up of men from the south end of the town and the north end

The 'Ba Game' has been played in Kirkwall's streets for hundreds of years, with the teams made up of men from the south end of the town and the north end

The ‘Ba Game’ has been played in Kirkwall’s streets for hundreds of years, with the teams made up of men from the south end of the town and the north end

Participants brave the cold waters as they take part in the annual Scarborough Beach New Years Day Dip in Scarborough, North Yorkshire this lunch time

Participants brave the cold waters as they take part in the annual Scarborough Beach New Years Day Dip in Scarborough, North Yorkshire this lunch time

Participants brave the cold waters as they take part in the annual Scarborough Beach New Years Day Dip in Scarborough, North Yorkshire this lunch time

Despite the dark skies, sea mist and rain competitors take part in the annual New Years Day Bath Tub Race, Poole Harbour

Despite the dark skies, sea mist and rain competitors take part in the annual New Years Day Bath Tub Race, Poole Harbour

Despite the dark skies, sea mist and rain competitors take part in the annual New Years Day Bath Tub Race, Poole Harbour

In London today people took part in the annual New Year's Day parade. Many were pictured wearing elaborate costumers

In London today people took part in the annual New Year's Day parade. Many were pictured wearing elaborate costumers

In London today people took part in the annual New Year’s Day parade. Many were pictured wearing elaborate costumers 

People take part in the Panama Swimming club New Year's Day dip, in Whitley Bay, as part of New Year's Day celebrations. This trio turned up dressed at The Incredibles

People take part in the Panama Swimming club New Year's Day dip, in Whitley Bay, as part of New Year's Day celebrations. This trio turned up dressed at The Incredibles

People take part in the Panama Swimming club New Year’s Day dip, in Whitley Bay, as part of New Year’s Day celebrations. This trio turned up dressed at The Incredibles 

The waters splashed over this pair of revellers today as they enjoyed the New Year's Day dip in Whitley Bay. It is similar to many Boxing Day traditions which involve a swim

The waters splashed over this pair of revellers today as they enjoyed the New Year's Day dip in Whitley Bay. It is similar to many Boxing Day traditions which involve a swim

The waters splashed over this pair of revellers today as they enjoyed the New Year’s Day dip in Whitley Bay. It is similar to many Boxing Day traditions which involve a swim 

The game took part in the local area and the competitors could be seen outside the Judith Glue shop this afternoon during the game

The game took part in the local area and the competitors could be seen outside the Judith Glue shop this afternoon during the game

The game took part in the local area and the competitors could be seen outside the Judith Glue shop this afternoon during the game

This woman decided to bring her dog with her to the swim in Firth of Forth today. The dog was pictured wearing a bow

This woman decided to bring her dog with her to the swim in Firth of Forth today. The dog was pictured wearing a bow

This woman decided to bring her dog with her to the swim in Firth of Forth today. The dog was pictured wearing a bow 

All aboard! This group went to great lengths to look the part for the race today and were seen wearing hats with union jack flags

All aboard! This group went to great lengths to look the part for the race today and were seen wearing hats with union jack flags

All aboard! This group went to great lengths to look the part for the race today and were seen wearing hats with union jack flags 

People wearing chicken suits take part in the Loony Dook New Year's Day dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry as part of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations

People wearing chicken suits take part in the Loony Dook New Year's Day dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry as part of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations

People wearing chicken suits take part in the Loony Dook New Year’s Day dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations

Two women in a 'Maids of the Forth' homemade vessel with a Scottish flag on the stern celebrate the new year in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry

Two women in a 'Maids of the Forth' homemade vessel with a Scottish flag on the stern celebrate the new year in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry

Two women in a ‘Maids of the Forth’ homemade vessel with a Scottish flag on the stern celebrate the new year in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry

Orkadians take part in the New Years Ba Game played with a hand crafted leather ball on January 1, 2020 in Kirkwall Scotland

Orkadians take part in the New Years Ba Game played with a hand crafted leather ball on January 1, 2020 in Kirkwall Scotland

Orkadians take part in the New Years Ba Game played with a hand crafted leather ball on January 1, 2020 in Kirkwall Scotland

Supporters and protesters lined the High Street to watch members of the Essex Farmer and Union Hunt parade in the High Street and Blue Boar public house Maldon Essex for their annual New Years day meeting

Supporters and protesters lined the High Street to watch members of the Essex Farmer and Union Hunt parade in the High Street and Blue Boar public house Maldon Essex for their annual New Years day meeting

Supporters and protesters lined the High Street to watch members of the Essex Farmer and Union Hunt parade in the High Street and Blue Boar public house Maldon Essex for their annual New Years day meeting

Mr Blobby joins revellers taking part in the Loony Dook New Year's Day dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry today

Mr Blobby joins revellers taking part in the Loony Dook New Year's Day dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry today

Mr Blobby joins revellers taking part in the Loony Dook New Year’s Day dip in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry today

A participant reacts in the water as she takes part in the annual New Year's Day "Loony Dook" swim, in the Firth of Forth

A participant reacts in the water as she takes part in the annual New Year's Day "Loony Dook" swim, in the Firth of Forth

A participant reacts in the water as she takes part in the annual New Year’s Day ‘Loony Dook’ swim, in the Firth of Forth

Women take part in the Scarborough Lions Club charity New Year's Day Dip in Scarborough, as part of New Year's Day celebrations

Women take part in the Scarborough Lions Club charity New Year's Day Dip in Scarborough, as part of New Year's Day celebrations

A woman takes part in the Scarborough Lions Club charity New Year's Day Dip in Scarborough, as part of New Year's Day celebrations

A woman takes part in the Scarborough Lions Club charity New Year's Day Dip in Scarborough, as part of New Year's Day celebrations

Women take part in the Scarborough Lions Club charity New Year’s Day Dip in Scarborough, as part of New Year’s Day celebrations

A self-professed 'super hunk' takes a dip in the sea wearing a stylish red cape and bright green wig at the New Year's Day Dip in Scarborough

A self-professed 'super hunk' takes a dip in the sea wearing a stylish red cape and bright green wig at the New Year's Day Dip in Scarborough

A self-professed ‘super hunk’ takes a dip in the sea wearing a stylish red cape and bright green wig at the New Year’s Day Dip in Scarborough

A martial artist displays an impressive degree of flexibility in the Scarborough Lions Club charity New Year's Day Dip

A martial artist displays an impressive degree of flexibility in the Scarborough Lions Club charity New Year's Day Dip

A martial artist displays an impressive degree of flexibility in the Scarborough Lions Club charity New Year’s Day Dip

People dressed up as The Incredibles take part in the Panama Swimming club New Year's Day dip, in Whitley Bay

People dressed up as The Incredibles take part in the Panama Swimming club New Year's Day dip, in Whitley Bay

People dressed up as The Incredibles take part in the Panama Swimming club New Year’s Day dip, in Whitley Bay

Orkadians take part in the New Years Ba Game played with a hand crafted leather ball on January 1, 2020 in Kirkwall Scotland

Orkadians take part in the New Years Ba Game played with a hand crafted leather ball on January 1, 2020 in Kirkwall Scotland

Orkadians take part in the New Years Ba Game played with a hand crafted leather ball on January 1, 2020 in Kirkwall Scotland

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