Kubb, also known as "The King's Game" is a fantastic traditional game that has been played in Sweden for at least a century - it is a sort of cross between Skittles and Tennis.
Kubb is a wonderfully unique game of skill that is ideal for garden parties or just fun on a field. Kubb games can be played one against one or in teams of up to 6 players on each side. For alternative court sizes and advice on variants for younger players, please see our Kubb rules rules page.
This Garden Games version of the popular game of Kubb is constructed from varnished solid beech wood, making it very durable, and comes in a smart carry bag. The objective of the game is to knock over your opponent's blocks (Kubbs) with your batons and...
Kubb, also known as "The King's Game" is a traditional game that has been played in Sweden for at least a century - it is a sort of cross between Skittles and Tennis. These quality Rubberwood Kubb games are imported from Sweden. Each set consists of 12...
Kubb, also known as "The King's Game" is a classic Swedish traditional game - great fun for children and adults, it's a cross between Skittles and badminton! These quality Kubb games are imported from Sweden. Each set consists of 12 throwing sticks, 10...
This version of the great Swedish game Kubb is from Uber Games. Great for adults and children, alike it's a bit like skittles on a tennis court... The Uber Kubb game is made from varnished mango hardwood. It features: * A king with red top - 30 x ...
It is often claimed Kubb dates to the time of the Vikings and survived on Gotland, but there is no evidence for this although there is anecdotal evidence of Kubb being played in various places in Sweden in the early 20th century. The Föreningen Gutnisk Idrott (The Society of Gotland Games), formed in 1912, does not list Kubb as one of the traditional games from Gotland.
The game does show some similarity to other types of bowls and skittling games, and may share a common medieval source with them.
Another possibility for the origin of Kubb is from the old English school at Harrow. During the 1860s, Harrow schoolboys were playing a game called 'Kabul' (also recorded as 'Kabbul'), in which junior boys or minor miscreants would stand in position in the gymnasium, and opposing teams of prefects would kick three footballs at them.
Since 1995 there has been a Kubb World Championship held on Gotland every year.
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