The Countryman’s Diary
The Game Fair 2016
The end of 2015 saw the CLA pull the plug on the long standing CLA Game Fair, and in its wake, a number of smaller shows started to emerge. Rising from the ashes like a phoenix, was the old team backed by new investors, who are collectively resurrecting the show fondly known as The Game Fair.
The shock of the events in the latter part of 2015 have only helped to fuel the fire in the belly of this ambitious team. The new, commercially savvy, investors are also hungry for the biggest piece of this pie and will stop at nothing to ensure the show brings back the loyal CLA visitors and members, as well as introducing new patrons to our beloved field sports.
Taking place on the familiar and well-loved estate of Ragley Hall, the new layout promises to encapsulate the very best bits from the CLA Game Fair. The newly trademarked Gunmakers Row ® ensures that the competition cannot use the name at their shows and shows the industry that The Game Fair means business. This official recognition will ensure that only legitimate marketing can legally reference Gunmakers Row® which will assist consumers selecting premier events to attend this summer. The announcement coincides with industry leaders booking exhibition space at the event.
Organisations such as Francis Lovel, William Powell, The Oxford Gun Company, Ladds Guns, Gilsan, EJ Churchill, John Bradshaw, Graham Mackinlay & Co, Carl Russell & Co, BSA, Boxall and Edmiston & Longthorne Guns along with hundreds of brands leading the charge for what promises to be the largest collection of manufacturers and dealers this summer.
Another firm favourite is back and this year the Shooting Line promises to be Europe’s longest. E.J. Churchill are running the popular spot this year so you can expect ‘Have a Go’ activities in abundance and plenty of competitions.
New to the show this year, our very own Rob Collins, The Ole Hedge Creeper, will be running his own mini-arena at the heart of the show. Rob will be bringing along lots of familiar faces with the Pass It On Young Sports stand.
With the Countryman’s Diary reporting on the show, Gun-ICE safety cards and Really Wild Adventures with the corporate side of life, and all stocked by the Outpost online store. With fun in the ring you can expect the hilarious show to be informative and educational as always, with some brand new treats exclusive to The Game Fair.
The Fishing Village is also set for a re-vamp this year with the team bringing the organisation of the area back in house. The world famous Spey Casting competition is back with big cash prizes, and with it being such a spectacle, it’s not to be missed. They are introducing the Tight Lines Tavern, set to rival the popular Gunmakers Pub, with a stage dubbed “Tales From the Riverbank”. Visitor competitions, expert talks and celebrity anglers on hand to assist with fishing queries from all disciplines, a cold drink by the lake will certainly be a pit-stop for any Game Fair fan.
With more than 800 booths now filled, the show is on track to become bigger and better than ever. Reduced ticket prices mean the day is more affordable for families and members of any of the Guest Associations will benefit from a discounted day ticket at £15. There really is no better reason to get involved with The Game Fair this year!
To buy tickets please visit: http://www.thegamefair.org
- Angling Trust
- British Archery
- British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC)
- British Showjumping
- Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA)
- Countryside Alliance
- Country Land and Business Association (CLA)
- The Kennel Club
- The National Farmers Union (NFU)
- National Federation of Young Farmer’s Clubs
- National Gamekeepers Organization
- National Organization of Beaters
- Riding for the Disabled Association
- The National Trust
See you there!