The box office has opened and the countdown begun for this year’s CLA Game Fair – the world’s largest countryside event – at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire from Friday, 19 July to Sunday, 21 July.
The CLA Game Fair’s organisers are predicting a huge turnout for this year’s event which celebrates the countryside and showcases the importance of field sports and country activities to the rural economy.
Director Andrew Crawford said: “The CLA Game Fair is the jewel in the crown of the outdoor show calendar and is recognised nationally and internationally as the biggest countryside event of its kind, promoting all aspects of a living and working countryside.
“Having missed a year, we are expecting a surge of interest and a ‘bounce-back’ effect with 1,000-plus exhibitors and a very large number of visitors.”
Mr Crawford said that “in the current economic climate our exhibitors need as much support from our visitors as possible”.
He said: “So, we have held our advance ticket prices at 2012 levels to try to encourage as many visitors as possible.”
Attractions at the 2013 CLA Game Fair will include the CLA Gundog of the Year, and the exciting opportunity to win £10,000 in the Fish for a Fortune competition. Visitors will be able to try a range of sports themselves during their day, with have-a-go sessions for everything from field archery, clay shooting, fishing, traditional craft making and falconry to the Land Rover 4x4 course.
The CLA Game Fair is home to the largest fishing event in the UK. A world-class line up is set to compete in the International Spey Casting Championship and visitors can see demonstrations of game, saltwater, freshwater, sea, carp and coarse fishing. Around 100 of the leading fishing retailers will be based in Fisherman’s Village, where you can “try before you buy” in the rod testing area.
For shooting enthusiasts, Gunmakers Row is the place to be with visitors able to get the latest shooting equipment and advice from leading gunmakers, campaigning organisations and retailers.
Highly skilled gundogs and their handlers will compete in world-class events and demonstrations in the International Arena.
For equestrian enthusiasts, Hooked on Horses will include a mini-ring packed with riding demonstrations, advice and displays.
Visitors can learn about birds of prey and the traditional art of falconry or have a bet on the ferret racing, and meet the hounds during their daily parade through the Main Arena. The Kennel Club will be on hand with advice, nutrition and breed information, including on-site eye testing and micro-chipping services.
The CLA Game Fair is the place for rural business with leading professional firms, organisations and opinion formers attending. The Woodland Management, Renewables Theatre and Gamekeepers/Estate Management sections present the latest technologies, products and services for rural business.
The CLA Game Fair Theatre hosts a series of topical debates on rural issues with Government ministers, opposition politicians and celebrities.
Totally Food is a must-visit area for all food lovers and brings together some of the finest small, British food producers. Visitors can chat to the producers themselves or watch the celebrity chefs in the Cookery Demonstration Theatre.
For a more serene experience, people can visit the Elegant Gardens area for quality plant advice and inspiration from Chelsea Gold Medal winners.
Moreover, the CLA Game Fair is an unrivalled shopping extravaganza, with more than 1,000 exhibitors from fine art galleries to gardening and fashion to fishing tackle.
Book tickets for the 2013 CLA Game Fair at Ragley Hall online before 5pm on 12 July to save money. Please visit www.gamefair.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0207 460 7955.