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The Game Fair 2024

26 July to 28 July

Blenheim Park
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP
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01993 810530
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About The Game Fair 2024

The Game Fair – the annual gathering for people passionate about countryside pursuits and the Great British Countryside in all its glory – is returning to Blenheim Palace.

The weekend is set to be an exhilarating celebration of outdoor activity and country life, taking place against the stunning backdrop of Blenheim Palace.

The iconic event promises to be a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a diverse range of activities, from world-class shooting and fishing demonstrations to thrilling falconry displays. Visitors can immerse themselves in the traditions and skills that define the British countryside.

With an array of artisanal food and drink stalls alongside a showcase of the latest in outdoor gear and equipment, the Game Fair 2024 at Blenheim Palace is a must-attend event for those passionate about rural culture and outdoor adventures.

Here’s what to expect:

Fishing

There’s a whole stream of talent to watch and listen to. You can also learn to fish, cast a fly (or improve your technique) and get advice on buying the right tackle for your needs. Visit The Fishing Village to check out competitions, discussions, demonstrations, and have-a-go sessions. 

Set beside Blenheim Palace’s beautiful river and covering all disciplines – game, coarse and carp, predator and sea fishing – Get Into Fishing (GIF) will include a range of features from fun kids’ activities to demonstrations from experts and competitions, introducing the joys of angling, to all age levels and abilities with meet and greets, Q&As with celebrity anglers and much more.

Gundogs

Teams from across Europe descend on The Game Fair every year for the coveted Euro Challenge Trophy, showcasing the skills of both gundogs and their handlers. The dogs and handlers will demonstrate how versatile these retriever breeds are through a series of tests in a simulated shooting environment.

Each team features three dogs from a list of recognised breeds – labrador, golden retriever, flat coat retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever, Curly-coated retriever, Chesapeake Bay retriever and Irish Water Spaniel.

The competition starts at 9.00am on Friday and Saturday and continues throughout the day, and the presentation of awards takes place when the competition finishes on Saturday afternoon.

Working dogs

Ask about anything from feeding your pup correctly to working your fully trained adult dog on a grouse moor. The Sporting Dog Pavilion will feature familiar favourites and some more unusual breeds. The dogs will all be accompanied by their experienced owners, handlers and breeders, and provide a chance to learn how they work and understand their temperament and characteristics. 

Whether you simply want to discover more about the many and varied breeds that work in the field or you are looking for your next shooting companion, you’ll get a fantastic heads-up from the team of experts on hand, who will be only too happy to offer their thoughts. Some dogs will also participate in various competitions and demonstrations in the Working Dog Ring throughout the weekend.

Shooting

The Game Fair’s Shooting Line has become a staple feature of the show site for many years. Run by world-famous shooting ground and sporting agency E.J. Churchill, it’s an opportunity to have a mid-summer shoot out with competitions, Have-a-Go stands and demonstrations, with plenty of room for the whole family to get involved with this historical country sport. Fibre wad cartridges only, please.

Whether you’re looking for a new gun, a second-hand gun or just wish to browse, you’ll find that The Game Fair boasts the most complete shooting exhibition anywhere in the UK. They’ve got them all – from shotguns to rifles, clay guns to game, and not forgetting airguns. 

Falconry

Falconry is one of the oldest (2000 years and counting) and thus the longest surviving of all field sports; its inclusion by UNESCO as an ‘intangible cultural heritage’ is one falconers are exceptionally proud of.

The Falconry Mews will have a spectacular variety of birds that will be flown throughout the day in the Main Arena. Falconry is a hugely popular part of The Game Fair, and whether you are an experienced falconer or simply want to see these majestic birds up close, this is an area not to be missed.

Archery

This sport is easy for everyone to take part in – from children to seniors – and it is accessible to people with a wide range of abilities. It is also one of the few sports that can be practised as a family.

From the historic longbow and Mongolian horsebow to the recurve and compound bow types, archery has a range of styles to suit what people want to get out of the sport, and these can be used to practise several different types of archery.

Stratford Archers will be running the have-a-go archery area at The Game Fair and will be welcoming newcomers to the sport.

Pugs and Drummers

The integral relationship between the pug (ferret) and the drummer (rabbit) is the epitome of the hunter-gatherer philosophy and lifestyle.

Shooting Times rabbiting expert Simon Whitehead of Pakefield Ferrets is, again, hosting this very popular attraction. Simon is a well-known author, professional rabbit controller, filmmaker and journalist.

Simon’s ferreting demonstrations will take place twice a day, and he’ll be assisted over the three days by some of the UK’s finest net makers, demonstrating net making, offering visitors the chance to have a go themselves, or simply sharing their encyclopaedic knowledge.

Family Activities

You’re unlikely to hear the words “I’m bored” coming from children visiting The Game Fair because, around every corner, you’ll find activities for children (and adults) of all ages. There is no better classroom or adventure playground than the great outdoors, and The Game Fair is packed with family fun. From live arena shows, tractors, and hands-on activities to dogs, horses, archery, and air gunning, there’s something for every age group – from toddlers through to teenagers.

Eating & Drinking

The Game Fair Enclosure and Restaurant will be open to visitors who wish to enjoy Silver, Gold, or Platinum packages for the day. There will also be numerous bars and catering areas around the site. Not to mention the Totally Food area and Gin Makers Row – to satisfy the growing demand for ‘farm to fork’ food provenance.

The Game Fair champions seasonal food and supports local artisan producers to the full, as you’ll discover when you stroll through the Totally Food area, which features the best of local artisan producers offering everything from pheasant goujons to beers from microbreweries. 

The wonderful produce you will find here is sourced from the British countryside and sustainable resources worldwide. In addition, if you find yourself getting hungry as you walk around other areas of The Game Fair, there is a diverse choice of catering and bar areas to satisfy your appetite and thirst.

Shopping

No high street will match the variety offered by The Game Fair. Performance clothing, traditional tweeds, fishing rods, dog beds, shotguns and rifles, optics, ammunition, homewares, designer wear, footwear, vintage, art, machinery… Better still, you can try before you buy (which you can’t do online). There will be a shop-and-drop facility available for a small donation to charity and a further shop-and-drop in the VIP Enclosure.

Camping & Glamping

Go camping and glamping when you visit The Game Fair – and make it a mini-break to catch up with friends for a few days. There is an offer for camping for three or five days, with powered or non-powered sites, or if you want a bit more luxury, then investigate our Glamping option. There’s a dedicated shuttle bus service for easy reach of the show.

The Camp Site is open from noon on Wednesday, 24 July, and closes on Monday, 29 July. Facilities on-site include water points, rubbish collection, showers, toilets, catering concessions and a bar. The glamping option provides a proper bed with a mattress, crisp bed linen, duvet, cushions, and throws within a carpeted bell tent. You’ll get a personal parking space next to your bell tent, so all you’ll have to do is move your belongings inside.


Tickets

From £10.40

A per Order Fee of applies to all paid orders


Booking information

Concession tickets are available for:

  • Ages of 60 and over
  • Students
  • Military Personel, serving and veterans

Please have a form of ID with you as it may be required to validate your concession ticket at the gate.

Student concession tickets are available, please have a current Student ID with you as you may be asked to validate your Student ticket at the gate.

If you are unable to present a valid Student ID, you will need to provide documents that can prove you are a Student, this can be any official correspondence from UCAS, your university/college or a student loan company that states your name, the university and course of your choice, the length of study and whether the course is full time.


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