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Over 125,000 visitors enjoy the 65th annual celebration of the British countryside, The Game Fair





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THAT mammoth celebration of the British countryside - The Game Fair – attracted over 125,000 people to Ragley Hall last weekend along with friends of the four-legged and feathered variety.

First held in 1958, the largest game fair in the UK celebrated its blue sapphire anniversary this year with a three-day event from 28th to 30th July that showcased everything from falconry and ferreting to gundogs and game cookery.

The main arena kept families entertained with displays of terrier racing, hounds parade, mounted relays and scurry driving and around the Ragley estate there was plenty of have-a-go activities for young and old, including archery, airgun shooting and 4x4 driving experiences.

The Game Fair at Ragley Hall near Alcester. Photo: Mark WilliamsonMark Williamson
The Game Fair at Ragley Hall near Alcester. Photo: Mark WilliamsonMark Williamson

There was also the opportunity to part with plenty of cash with over 1,000 trade stalls featuring big name brands to the smallest independents. Organisers estimate that over £80 million was spent during the event.

Amongst the throngs were a number of famous faces including Vinnie Jones, the former professional footballer turned actor, who participated in the event’s 65-gun salute opening ceremony led by the Marquess of Hertford.

The Game Fair at Ragley Hall near Alcester. Photo: Mark Williamson
The Game Fair at Ragley Hall near Alcester. Photo: Mark Williamson

War Horse author and national treasure, Michael Morpurgo was one of a number of guest speakers as were comedian and lifelong fisherman Paul Whitehouse and TV chef James Martin, who took part in a gundog demonstration with his spaniel, Cooper.

Known originally as the CLA Game Fair, the event has been hosted at 28 different country estates over the years in all four corners of the country, from Hampshire to County Durham and Powys to Dumfriesshire.

The Game Fair at Ragley Hall near Alcester. Photo: Mark Williamson
The Game Fair at Ragley Hall near Alcester. Photo: Mark Williamson

Next year’s event will be held at Blenheim Palace from 26th to 28th July.

The Game Fair at Ragley Hall near Alcester. Photo: Mark Williamson
The Game Fair at Ragley Hall near Alcester. Photo: Mark Williamson


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