What to book: The Game Fair

The fishing, shooting and hunting set head to Warwickshire’s Ragley Hall for a weekend of country pursuits

Images courtesy of The Game Fair

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, The Game Fair returns to Ragley Hall in Warwickshire at the end of July for a weekend dedicated to fishing, shooting and hunting. The annual event has grown from a gamekeepers’ get-together in 1958 to become the largest festival dedicated to the countryside in Europe.

A 60-gun salute will kick off the weekend, which this year promises a bumper programme for visitors. Those with a passion for gundogs can see the best in the country go head-to-head in a purpose-built arena in the Home International Competition. The outdoor shooting exhibition remains one of the fair’s highlights: pick up tips on how to advance your shot at the Subaru Shooting line or browse the country’s largest choice of guns and accessories at Gunmakers Row.

James Gower, managing director of The Game Fair

Staying true to the theme of celebrating the Great British countryside, a line-up of chefs will demonstrate how to source and create great ‘farm to fork’ food in the field kitchen. However, this year’s culinary coup is the celebrity chef James Martin, who will mingle with diners at The James Martin Game Fayre Restaurant as they enjoy a deli-style menu designed to exploit the delicious ingredients of the countryside.

Keeping the party going into the evening, the internationally renowned jazz club Ronnie Scott will charm the crowd with two evenings of live music, featuring Ronnie Scott’s Big Band on Friday night and Soul Family on Saturday.

The Game Fair runs from 27 to 29 July at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. Adult tickets cost from £27 and child tickets £10 (free for under-eights). Evening tickets cost £99, including food and entertainment.

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