The cancellation of the CLA Game Fair hit us all hard and left a very strange gap in the summer calendar. The last weekend of July is always Game Fair weekend and for us at Shooting Gazette that means packing up and moving en masse to the site for four days. We love the chance to meet our readers and find out what they really think and will really miss that this year. Although you can help by responding here and letting us know what you like and don’t like about the magazine.

Since the news of the cancellation I have spoken to many people who I look forward to meeting at the Game Fair every year, regardless of the venue, from artists and gunmakers to shooting instructors and Countryside Alliance staff. All were left with the same feeling of deep anti-climax, although I might add that none thought it was the wrong decision.

But, wallowing around in self pity certainly won’t help, so the good news is that there are other options. This year sees the first Sporting Gun Show to be held at Althorp in Northamptonshire on August 11-12. And Shooting Gazette will have a stand there so get along to what promises to be a great event to take advantage of a special subscription offer. For more information click on the link below.

Further to that we will also be at the Midland Game Fair at Weston Park on September 15-16. Look out for the September edition of Shooting Gazette for the chance to enter the Midland Game Fair competition to win a wonderful snipe sculpture by one of the country’s leading sporting artists, Ian Greensitt.

So, see you at Althorp or Weston Park.

Sporting Gun Show