It's that time again. Here's what the Game Fair 2022 has in store.
Europe’s largest outdoor countryside festival – The Game Fair 2022 will be held at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire again. Around 120,000 visitors are expected to be there across three days from Friday 29 July to Sunday 31 July. (Read reasons why you should go to The Game Fair. )
The Shooting Line
The Game Fair boasts the most comprehensive outdoor shooting exhibition held anywhere in the UK. Anybody can pay a visit, whether you’re an expert shot or a complete novice – all abilities are welcome.
Run by shooting ground and sporting agency, E.J. Churchill, visitors have the opportunity to take part in a mid-summer shoot out with competitions, have-a-go stands and demonstrations. As always, BASC will be on hand providing one-to-one lessons for 30 minutes and a shorter ‘Shooting Experience’ for newcomers that lasts 10 minutes. There will also be the opportunity for visitors to test lead-free sustainable shotgun cartridges from brands like Eley, BioAmmo and Joker. The CPSA will be offering visitors have-a-go clay shooting at 10 targets with an instructor. Designed for all abilities, there is no minimum age but you do need to be at least one metre tall.
Oh, and fibre wad cartridges only please.
The Fishing Village
Whether you’re a seasoned angler or someone who has only recently taken up the sport, there’s plenty for you to enjoy at the Fishing Village.
There are so many fun engaging activities visitors can get involved with. That could be taking aim in one of the clay shooting competitions or picking up a longbow to try some archery. Or perhaps you’d like to cast a line on Ragley’s stunning lake while receiving top tips from the experts or slow down to do some letter carving in the traditional crafts area. The falconry area gives visitors the chance to handle some spectacular birds of prey including hawks and buzzards. Head to the gundog area and get the family pet involved too by entering your pooch into one of three fun have-a-go competitions, the Scramble, Novice and Junior Scurry, as well as BASC’s own Scurry competitions with daily prizes awarded.
The Falconry Village
The Falconry Village at The Game Fair 2022 features a huge selection of birds of prey. Run by CJ’s Birds of Prey, the flying ring will feature exciting demonstrations plus there will be specialist traders, artists and UK falconry clubs on hand to give advice. This is an area not to be missed for falconry experts or families keen to find out more.
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Chef James Martin
Renowned chef, author and television presenter James Martin returns to The Game Fair’s onsite restaurant ‘The Enclosure’ for a fourth year, to create a game-based menu inspired by the best of British ingredients.
Meet dedicated artisans specialising in crafts dating back centuries. Learn about beekeeping and taxidermy, furniture and glass making or willow weaving.
The Main Arena
A jam-packed itinerary includes an amazing variety of exciting competitions, educational demonstrations, thrills and occasional spills to keep visitors entertained all day every day.
The Game Fair Theatre
The effervescent host of Fieldsports Channel, Charlie Jacoby, will compère three days of lively discussions and TV-style chat shows, which will include some meaty political debate at the theatre, supported by Carter Jonas. There will also be talks and book signings.
The BASC Wild Food Theatre
The indoor theatre is a celebration of food, where visitors of all ages will be able to watch and learn how to prepare tasty game dishes. It’s also a chance to find out about food provenance, sustainability and best practice from chefs and those who shoot, fish, hunt and forage.
For three days every year, The Game Fair becomes one of the biggest retail areas in the UK with nearly 1,000 stands – with 230 new brands exhibiting for the first time. All the big country brands will be in residence, with exciting new product launches and unbeatable show-only deals. As ever, a number of small independent retailers will be offering their unique, artisan products too. Remember your shopping bags!
Wondering where to stay?
Here is a list of local accommodation within easy reach of the Game Fair 2022.
Where: Ragley Hall, Warwickshire
When: Friday 29 July to Sunday 31 July (8am to 6pm; to 7:30pm on the Friday. Stands and attractions open from 9am)
Adult: £29 in advance for one day (gate price £35) or £58 for three days (three days for the price of two).
Children (8-16): £10 in advance for one day.
More details on ticket prices for the Game Fair 2022 here.