Aiming for the Game Fair at Hatfield House
For shooting aficionados, there is no shortage of high-profile events at the Game Fair this year. As in previous years, the Fair will host the Simon Ward High Pheasant Challenge and The Lord James Percy Grouse Challenge, wherein the named Great will set a score on Friday, and if any challenger can match it, they will receive a host of prizes, with up to £1,500 worth of shooting gear and champagne on offer each day. There will be a new solo event – the George Digweed MBE (above) Pigeon Challenge.
If you want to take up the challenge against any of these legendary names, it only costs £20 to sign up including clays and cartridges, or if you’re a jack of all trades, you can take part in all three for £50. Even if you don’t want to take part, the chance to see some of these great names participating in the sport is not one to be passed up, and the event is sure to draw in large amounts of spectators keen to catch a glimpse of the action.
On the other hand, if you prefer to enter the team event, the Game Fair will also be hosting the City Shots team clay shoot tournament this year; entry is £1,000 for a team of four, and the proceeds will be raising money for the Lord’s Taverners charity, which helps disadvantaged and disabled children get involved in sports. If you and your team want the chance to get involved and have some fun in the name of a fantastic cause, this is a great event to take part in.
Have Good Look at the Trade Stands
The exhibitor’s stand will be full to bursting with important businesses that are heavily involved in countryside issues in the grounds of Hatfield House. There will be a number of high-profile land agents present including Savills, Bidwells, Knight Frank and Carter Jonas, all of whom will be very keen to get networking.
The Fair is a focal point for many of those who are interested or involved in farmland and estates, and many current rural concerns will be addressed and debated on the day, amongst the entertainment and presentations being given by the companies.
On the other end of the spectrum, Leica Sports has also announced their presence as an exhibitor – they will be demonstrating their new range of Geovid binoculars and Magnus riflescopes. In addition, anyone who already owns a Leica optics product can bring it along for a free clean and check-up service, and the staff there will be providing information on their new roebuck photography competition, with the prize being a hunting trip to Germany!
Feel LIke Getting Hot Under the Collar?
There are many inside events happening as well. Carter Jonas is hosting a theatre throughout the entire three days with many big names and high-calibre debates. How could the fox-hunting ban still be repealed even without a Tory landslide? With Brexit now happening, could the WACA be changed so it’s more fit for purpose? Does the BBC treat countryside sports unfairly and mark them as ‘controversial’? With too many big names to mention everyone and a lot of important concerns being openly debated, this is definitely not something you’ll want to miss.
The full schedule is available on the Game Fair website, so make sure you find the issues that matter most to you and plan your day so you can attend them. As if that wasn’t enough already, there’s also an amazing historical display of antique fishing artefacts at Hatfield House, including those once owned by royals and Prime Ministers.
Tackle expert Victor Bonutto, who is showcasing the collection, is in his 28th year at the Game Fair after serving as an advisor to Hardy’s of Alnwick, and he will be offering free tackle valuations and appraisals all weekend in addition to the marvellous collection of fishing gear on display. It’s certainly not something to be missed if you are interested in the history of the sport.
Fly Direct to the Game Fair
All-in-all there is something for everyone at the Game Fair and you can fly directly to the event with Atlas Helicopters. Our luxury charters can pick you up from any part of the UK’s countryside and en route you’ll have complimentary champagne, light catering and arrive relaxed and ready to enjoy the whole day.
If you require overnight accommodation or to extend your stay the Operations Team will arrange everything for you.