When The Game Fair was first held in 1958, its primary purpose was to bring people together. Although then it was focused on gamekeepers, 61 years on the mission is largely the same – even if the scale has increased dramatically.
About 120,000 visitors are set to gather at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire from 26-28 July 2019 to experience everything from archery, clay pigeon shooting and food to equestrian, fishing and falconry. Here is a selection of the attractions that we’re most excited to see.
1. THE GAME FAIR THEATRE
Sponsored by Carter Jonas, the Theatre is a place where issues and ideas are debated, tested and scrutinised with a great line-up of speakers, politicians, personalities and celebrities. You can keep up-to-date with the theatre schedule as it develops at carterjonas.co.uk/the-game-fair.
Dogs and their handlers travel far and wide to compete in The Euro Challenge. The Home International Competition also features the top gundogs from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, who go head-to-head in a purpose-built arena complete with authentic cover crop, jumps and water.
The show boasts the most comprehensive outdoor shooting exhibition held anywhere in the UK, with a packed itinerary for all lovers of the sport including clay, rifle and airgun shooting as well as have-a-go events, demonstrations and competitions.
4. JAMES MARTIN
Fresh from his most recent series ‘James Martin’s Great British Adventure,’ the chef will be cooking for Silver, Gold and Platinum package holders within the prestigious Game Fair Enclosure. The menu will feature sustainably sourced produce from the British countryside.
Retail therapy is easy to come by with a broad range of recognised brands and little-known niche food producers and craft stalls to choose from.
There are not many shows in the UK where you can go fishing, but The Game Fair delivers. This year, angling is taking centre stage with a new and improved Fishing Village at the very heart of the event.
7. MAIN ARENA
Celebrating British field sports and country life, the main arena includes demonstrations from gundog handling, falconry and the ever-popular Shetland Pony Grand National.
8. EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY
There are numerous bars and catering areas around the site, including the Totally Food area and Gin Makers’ Row. These areas will continue to satisfy the growing demand for ‘farm to fork’ food.
9. GAME FAIR GARDENS
New for 2019, The Game Fair has joined forces with Capel Manor College to deliver the largest show garden in Europe. Game Fair Gardens will tell the story of the countryside and of country estates, kitchen gardening and traditional crafts, in a series of themed gardens.
Following the success of the 2018 event, CJ’s Birds of Prey will once again bring together the largest collection of birds of prey anywhere in the UK.
11. GO OFF ROAD
You can put the Subaru range to the test at The Game Fair’s purpose-designed off-road course.
We’re delighted to once again be part of The Carter Jonas Game Fair theatre, and to be able to offer up to 20% off premium enclosure packages. Click here and use code CJ2019 to secure your discounted price for Silver, Gold or Platinum enclosure packages.
Carter Jonas will be located next to The Game Fair theatre again this year, do pop and see us at any time over the three days.