The brand new Wiltshire Game and Country Show is set to become the region’s premier countryside event. Being held over two days on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August, the Game and Country Show takes place in the superb grounds of Bowood House in Wiltshire. www.bowood.org
Experienced organiser’s Living Heritage arena displays are renowned throughout the UK and visitors to Bowood can look forward to 2 two full days of top arena entertainment with Gundog displays, Heavy Horse Logging, Sheepdog displays, Mounted Games (championships), Deer Stalking, Long Netting and Decoys, Scurry Driving (championships). Memorable Falconry displays (Falcons, Hawks and Owls), Ferret handling, parade of hounds, Fly casting and superb Side – Saddle Riding will also feature at the Wiltshire Show.
Lovers of countryside pursuits and sports will be delighted to learn that a superb country sports line up is planned with ‘Have a Go’ Clay Shooting, (includes Duck Flushes and High Gun stakes) Traditional Archery, Gundog Multi Scurries, Fly Casting and Falconry included. Top experts will be on hand for novices and experienced alike.
The Gun Dog Multi Scurry Challenge will be open to both experienced Gun Dog handlers and beginners. First for the experienced handler who is used to racing against the clock, there are 3 elements involved; a general up and over, a long retrieve and a split retrieve. Winners of the challenge will be invited to take part in the final being held at Belvoir Castle in October 2007. Some great prizes will go to the winner and runners up. Beginners can take a very similar challenge with their ‘Gun dogs in training’; not against the clock but to gain invaluable experience for both dog and handler.
Adrian Caddy is hosting an Open Field Archery competition, where all comers will be invited to gain top level tuition to learn one of he UK’s most ancient of country pursuits and then take part in a competition. Winners of the event will also get prizes and will be invited to take part in their own final at Belvoir.
In addition, the Wiltshire Game and Country Show offers a wide variety of dog competitions and challenges for the family pet including agility classes, ‘Chase the Bunny’ and a fun dog competition, where visitors can enter their own canine marvels. Don't forget the dog for a chance to win such titles as ‘Best 6 legs’, ‘Loveliest eyes’, ‘Best rescue dog’ and ‘Dog and Owner look alike’.
The show plays host to a Falconry Village with a special on site Falconry Advice Centre. Hawkeye Falconry will utilise their experts (both handlers and Veterinary Nurse) for owners and handlers who would like to benefit from expert advice and practical help about ailments or handling difficulties. The clinic is open on both days of the show. For the Angling enthusiast, Living Heritage has included the popular Fishing Village, where everything from split cane Rod making to specialist Associations (including Salmon & Trout Association) and top quality Angling equipment can be found.
A brand new challenge for youngsters is causing quite a stir in the world of country. Entitled Alpha Young Countryman of the Year Challenge 2007, boys and girls between the ages of 9 – 16 are invited to take part in a unique challenge and Wiltshire is one of the chosen venues for heats.
Lucky youngsters compete in FALCONRY, CLAY TARGET SHOOTING, GUN DOG HANDLING, FLY CASTING and ARCHERY over one chosen day of the show. Winners go on to the grand final at Belvoir Castle in October 2007. Entry forms and details are on www.livingheritagecountryshows.co.uk
Children can enjoy the Fur and Feather marquee or have a go on the climbing frames or steam driven ‘Gallopers’ carousel. Living Heritage has included endless fun activities for children of all ages. If ‘Have a Go’ appeals then why not try your hand at Archery, flying in a simulator or at Target Laser Shooting. You may surprise yourself and win a prize.
The food lovers amongst you will be able to choose from a wonderful array of regional countryside and farm produce with the inclusion of a food hall at the show ground. Succulent sausages, cheeses and home – made Game pie are just some of the tasty treats on offer. Eating on site is a pleasure too with everything being served from delicious Hog Roast, to aromatic real coffee and home made cakes. The wonderful British tradition of Fish and Chips is not overlooked either.
With over 200 top quality country trade stands, selling everything from branded country clothing to hand carved rustic furniture and with so many attractions and challenges to see, the Wiltshire Game and Country Show is an event for all the family to enjoy.
Show venue and dates:
Bowood House, Nr Calne, Wiltshire.
Saturday & Sunday 11th & 12th August, 10am – 6pm
Adults £7.50 Concessions £6.50, Children £3.00 Under 4’s free.