Tenth Annual Gibsons British Jigsaw Championships (2023)

Tenth Annual Gibsons British Jigsaw Championships (2023)

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On Sale 1 Mar 2023 at 00:00

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Turner Hall

Church Lane



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The Tenth Annual British Jigsaw Championship, sponsored by Gibsons Games, returns to Newmarket as part of the Jigsaw Festival!

About this event

The Tenth Annual British Jigsaw Championship, sponsored by the family-run puzzle company Gibsons Games, is once again held in venues in Newmarket as part of the Twelfth Annual Newmarket Jigsaw Festival. The event continues to grow and we hope you can be part of the tenth championships, which is sure to be a special occasion.

In the British Jigsaw Championships, competitors from across the world aim to be the first to complete a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle, the design of which is not revealed until the start of the contest. Our sponsors, who supply the puzzle, are Gibsons Games, an independent British family-run business supplying high quality jigsaw puzzles featuring a variety of fun, picturesque scenes to puzzlers around the world, as well as other games and activities.

Entrants are welcome in three categories: élite (those who would expect to complete in under 3hrs), pairs and fun. In the fun category, you can enter on your own or with others, up to a maximum of four people. The entry price is per puzzle not per person, so if you are entering as a pair or as a group, you only need to purchase one entry ticket.

Prize money is available in each category, of £100, £100 and £50 respectively. The entry price includes the competition puzzle, which can be kept by the entrant(s), and also includes entry to the festival.

2022 results:

ELITE | Sarah Mills (1:31)

PAIRS | SJ Bodell and Dan Martin (1:15)

FUN | Cathy Evans (1:19)

We are once again offering early registration, which guarantees entry at last year's price. This will close on 31st July 2021. The main registration period is open from 1st March to 11th June 2023, and you must register before the closing date.


Do I have to sign-up using EventBrite?

Yes, we are asking everyone this year to use EventBrite to help us to coordinate who is participating in the competition. Please select the ticket that corresponds to your category. If you have difficulty using this facility, please get in touch and we will be pleased to help.

Is there a minimum age requirement to enter the competition?

No, there is no minimum (or maximum!) age requirement. Families may wish to enter the fun category together. A separate competition is running in local schools leading up to the festival.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the competition?

There is parking in municipal car parks throughout the local area. Your venue will be sent to you ahead of the competition so you can plan your arrival. Newmarket is also served by a rail station with lines towards Cambridge (for London) and Ipswich, and local and national buses. National cycle route 51 passes through the town.

What can I bring into the competition?

Bottled water will be made available to competitors. Water and food (e.g. sandwiches) are allowed to be brought into the competition, but the organisers reserve the right to refuse entry if foodstuffs are likely to cause a distraction to other competitors. Refreshments are available at the festival.

Sorting boxes will not be supplied but may be brought in and used. A cardboard base will be supplied on which to build the puzzle, or competitors may which to bring their own puzzle board.

Are spectators allowed in the competition hall?

We are not able to allow spectators into the hall for the elite and pairs categories as they can be distracting. Spectators may be permitted into the hall for the fun category where space and logistics allow. The Newmarket Jigsaw Festival takes place next door in St Mary's Church, and there are other local venues in the town where others can wait until the end of the competition.

Do I have to supply my own puzzle?

No, a new puzzle is supplied to all competitors to the same design, and can be kept after the competition.

Do I have to be a British Citizen to enter the British Jigsaw Championships?

No, we have had competitors from across Europe and from the USA in previous years, and welcome entrants from around the world. We will not ask entrants to prove their nationality for the competition.

What if I don't finish the puzzle?

The puzzle is yours to keep, and we will help you to disassemble it in order to take it home; or you may wish to transport it on its board. At the close of the festival at 4pm, we reserve the right to close the competition. Although a guideline of 3 hours is set for the élite category, we will not stop you if are not completed within this time.

Can I get my money back if I am unable to attend?

During the main registration period in 2022, we are able to offer a full refund until registration closes, less the EventBrite booking fee which is no longer refundable. A refund request can be made through the booking site if needed. After the closing date for registration, we are unable to offer a refund.

Tickets booked during early registration in 2021 are non-refundable.

Do I need to buy a ticket to the festival as well?

No, your entry to the competition includes free entry to the festival all week.

When do I have to sign up by?

Registration closes two weeks before the event, so that we can arrange supply of the competition puzzle from our sponsors, Gibsons Games. We are unable to accept entries after registration closes.

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