The 51st CLA Game Fair, the worlds largest fieldsports event, is fast approaching, with only a week to go until organisers open the gates to an estimated 150,000 fieldsports enthusiasts.
The three-day event, which is being held at Belvoir Castle, near Grantham in Leicestershire, from 24 to 26 July, will host national and international championships and competitions in shooting, fishing and gundogs. These events, along with the displays, demonstrations and exhibition areas encompassing all fieldsports, attract a huge and ever-increasing number of professionals and enthusiasts from across the world each year.
Visit Shooting Times
Come and visit the Shooting Times stand (No F692 on Gunmakers Row), where there is a fantastic subscription offer. If you subscribe to the magazine at the Game Fair, not only will you save money (subscriptions will be discounted by 41 per cent, which means you will pay only £16.95 every three months by direct debit), but you will also receive a free bottle of The Balvenie Signature malt whisky, worth more than £30. This whisky has been created by The Balvenies highly respected malt master, David Stewart, to celebrate his 45th year of working in the Scotch whisky industry. A bottle of this limited edition 12-year-old whisky will be yours for free when you subscribe to Shooting Times at The CLA Game Fair.
Shooting Times will also be hosting a fantastic book sale on the stand. Some books will be half-price and some will be signed, including Game Season by John and Angela Humphreys, and Travelling Jack by Ian Valentine.
Keith Reynolds, the artist behind Shooting Timess hugely popular DOG cartoon will also be on the stand, pen in hand to create new drawings of DOG. You will also have the chance to buy his most recent book, DOG II (price £4.95), which hell be happy to sign for you.
Gunmakers Row will be the biggest-ever shooting exhibition in the UK, with more than 180 stands selling guns and every imaginable accessory. The clay line has been revamped and is set to attract plenty of visitors with daily 40-bird competitions with classes in gold, silver, bronze, ladies and junior sections. The competitions will be scored in a new way, giving all entrants the chance to win one of the daily prizes.
Sponsored by Shooting Times, the new junior competition, open to those 16 years old and under, is being held in memory of renowned Shot Rod Finch. His widow, Lesley Finch, has put up the trophy he won at The CLA Game Fair in the 1970s as a new junior trophy. Along with this, Mrs Finch is giving the winner £100, the runner-up £50 and third-placed £25.
There will also be a spectacular new shooting display by the Bath Muzzle Loaders, an airgun display and a celebrity charity shoot to raise money for Help for Heroes.
The Fishermans Village is the UKs largest outdoor angling exhibition, with more than 100 fishing-related exhibitors, including the top rod and tackle manufacturers, specialist rod makers, the leading distributors and retailers, fly tyers, clothing suppliers, angling holidays and magazines. The village will also include international championships, competitions for all abilities and demonstrations by the top fishing celebrities as well as tuition for adults and children. Visitors will have the chance to try out the latest rods in the extensive rod testing area on the river. This area offers you the unique opportunity to try out all the rods on offer before deciding on the one you would like to purchase.
A gundog showcase
The Gundog Area will see international championships, gundog competitions, demonstrations, the working dog ring and the SportingDog Pavilion. Emphasis will be on visitor participation and showcasing the best of British gundogs. Two competitions have been introduced this year: the Joan Hayes Challenge Trophy on Friday is an invitation event for gundog clubs, and the Edgar Winter Trophy, taking place over the weekend, is a competition for the European teams.
For tickets and more information, visit www.gamefair.co.uk.