Visitors were able to explore around 900 stands across the CLA Game Fair site, rubbing shoulders with celebrities including Phil Spencer and Melanie Sykes, government ministers Owen Patterson and Richard Benyon, and Olympic gold medallist Peter Wilson in the process.

CLA Director General Helen Woolley said: “Feedback from visitors over the weekend showed they thoroughly enjoyed the event. The new features including Equestrian Sunday with the showcase Express Eventing in the Main Arena, the Rolls-Royce Country Club and the Fish for a Fortune competition were very well received. We will be building on these features at next year’s CLA Game Fair.

“This year’s show has underlined that the format, which remains true to its roots but is entirely relevant to current issues and concerns, is the right one.”

CLA president Harry Cotterell said: “This year’s CLA Game Fair has proved that it is not just as the premier showcase for the countryside, but a platform for politicians of all major parties to address crucial rural issues.

“I am particularly pleased that Environment Secretary Owen Paterson vowed to work with the CLA and others to simplify payments made through the Common Agricultural Policy.”

CLA Game Fair director Andrew Crawford said: “It has been a wonderful return to Ragley and our team has excelled itself in delivering a world-class event in a stunning location. We fully intend to build on this to ensure we deliver a great experience at Blenheim Palace next year.”

The CLA Game Fair 2014 will be held at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, on July 18-20.

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