As a game, conkers has been around for years, but
do you know how to play? Don't worry if you don't - we'll show you
Rules of play
Two players, each with a conker threaded on a piece
of string or a shoelace, take it in turns to hit each other's conker,
until there is one conker left.
first player holds out their conker at arm's length, hanging down,
ready to be hit. The string should be wrapped around his or her
hand to stop it being dropped.
Conker fun, conker safety
Enjoy your conkers but remember it is a
game and a bit of fun.
You are likely to get bruised knuckles, so
practise your aim without too much force!
When you play or watch, don't stand too
Be careful when you go gathering conkers
and don't throw things into the trees. Wait till the conkers
Ask an adult to help make the holes as this
can be very dangerous.
must hold the conker still as the other player hits it. If it accidentally
swings, the second player can steady it before they take a strike.
second player then wraps the string of his or her conker around
her hand, draws it back and takes an aim.
or she lets go of the conker as they swing their arm in an arc and
tries to hit the other person's conker.
first player then has a go at hitting the other player's conker
and they take it in turns.
NOTE: If the player deliberately moves his or her
conker while waiting for it be hit, the other player is allowed
If you want to be a real pro at conkers, you need
to know how to score. We've broken down the scoring system for you
a conker has never been used before and succeeds in breaking another
unused conker, it scores one and becomes a 'one-er'.
in the next game it breaks another new conker, it becomes a 'two-er'
and so on.
if this two-er loses a game and is broken, its score is added to
the other person's conker. So if they used a new conker on a two-er,
it becomes a three-er and so on.
the conker that broke it had already broken others, then the scores
of BOTH conkers are added together and added to the winner. So if
you used a three-er on a two-er, then the score awarded to the winning
conker will be five.
Confused? Yes, so are we!
At the end of the season, the high scoring conkers
are a thing of value and often sold or swapped for things!
Read more: How to
prepare your conker »
If you're a conker champion then email us at Norfolk@bbc.co.uk