The theme at Living Heritage’s Wiltshire Game & Country Fair being held on August 8 & 9 at Bowood House in Wiltshire – is ‘A taste of the Country’, with many attractions and competitions – falconry (over 80 of the world's best loved and rarest birds of prey) – Food Glorious Food (local and regional fine foods with chefs demonstrating on stage) – gundogs – clay pigeon shooting (competitions and beginners tuition) – archery –dog multi scurries and all day action packed arena entertainment with endless opportunities to try, buy and sample everything country. The Wiltshire event is the largest of its type held in the region and attracts visitors from far and wide.
Food Glorious Food is brand new for 2009 – a vibrant new food show, with live cooking demonstrations and specialist regional food stalls is supported by the Game-to-Eat organisation with award winning national and local chefs appearing in demonstrations on stage in the country kitchen. Large screens are in place to give live coverage and seating is provided so visitors can enjoy themselves in comfort. Local chefs keen to show off menus of many types of delicious foods from their own local restaurants and other top chefs demonstrate their skills throughout both days in the country kitchen.
Visitors to the Wiltshire Fair can expect to see all their favourite country attractions in all day action packed arenas and special themed villages. Arena attractions include scurry driving, side saddle riding, ‘Out of Africa’ falconry displays, fun with the mounted games teams, ‘Chase the Bunny’ and much more besides.
Local dogs may fancy their chance in the waggiest tail competition – or one of the many other family dog competitons included. Gundog scurry challenges are there for experts and beginners alike.
The best in British craftsmanship with everything to enjoy from traditional chair-making, beekeeping to barrel making and pottery workshops will be included. Many of the arts & crafts shown will be available to buy. The organisers have included lots for children to do (fun fair, puppets, face painting & ice cream included). With over 200 specialist country shopping stalls as well as the themed village stalls to browse and superb food to eat – all day – a trip to the Wiltshire Game and Country Fair will entertain families and experts alike.
Many well know country sports personalities are attending – clay shooting events and competitions – high gun and duck flush with money prizes. Gundog scurries join scurry driving to provide top country sports entertainment.
Organisers Living Heritage have teamed up with Falconry Experts, Mullenscote Gundogs, the Salmon & Trout Association and the Angling Trust to provide free twenty minute fishing, gundog handling and falconry lessons for all youngsters wishing to try out these country pursuits. It is a rare opportunity for enthusiastic youngsters to join in and have a go at these popular country sports. Lantra Awards have kindly agreed to provide support and are setting the twenty minute falconry lessons.
Visit www.livingheritagecountryshows.co.uk to find out more and for advance tickets. Adults £8, concessions £7, children £4.