The East Anglian Game & Country Fair is back this weekend, the 27th and 28th April 2019. The fair began in 2004, and the annual family event takes place near Thetford on the Euston Estate. There are loads of fantastic events and activities over the weekend to enjoy, we have listed the highlights here.
Main Arena Events
In the Main Arena of the fair, there will be several shows taking place, including a fly fishing demo, the UK Horseboarding Championships, a Heavy Horse Display and British Scurry & Trials Driving. The large arena has plenty of space for everyone to have a good view of the activities taking place.
Also in the arena will be gun dog displays, where the Mid-Norfolk Gundog Club will be showing the abilities of their working dogs, and terrier racing will take place there as well. The whole family will enjoy seeing the Ye Old Retail Falconry show, which has previously performed for the Queen and members of the Royal Family. A highlight event taking place at the Main Arena will be the Silver Stars Army Parachute Display Team. Formed in 1963, the team is a mix of serving personnel who are passionate about bringing parachute to the public and displaying the abilities and opportunities in the Royal Logistic Corps.
Dogs are a big part of country life, and there will be loads of great dog events at the East Anglian Game & Country Fair and dogs are welcome to come along too. There will be the K9 Aqua Sports on both days where dogs can take part in a variety of challenges. Families can enjoy seeing the Pet Dog Show, and those turning up on the day can take part. The categories to enter include young handlers, small, medium and large dogs, waggiest tail and rescue dogs.
On Saturday there will be dog agility and dog jumping competitions to watch, and on the Sunday visitors can bring their dog along and have a go on the course for just £1 a go. For gundog lovers, there is a Gundog Working Test for trained gundogs which simulates the problems gundogs encounter in the field.
Game Fair Country Kitchen
If you have ever read some of our recipes you know we love a country recipe, and at the Game & Country Fair, they are joining with Feast Magazine for cookery workshops and demonstrations over the weekend. There will be award-winning chefs and suppliers from East Anglia showcasing their signature dishes too, and a chance to buy some local produce and learn recipes to take home.
Competitions and Have a Go
One of the most popular activities at the East Anglian Game & Country Fair are those visitors can take part in. There are chances to try archery and firing crossbows, for children six years and above. The Cambs Ferret Welfare & Rescue Society will be hosting a ferret show and race on the Saturday, an event children will love to watch. For shooters visiting the fair, there will be a chance to have a go at clay pigeon shooting and air rifle shooting. Fishers can take part in Coarse Fishing and Fly Casting on a stretch of the Black Bourn River. Also at the fair is the opportunity to try a 4x4 off-road course. People with a sense of adventure will enjoy getting in a 4x4 with a professional who will drive you round the course for an exhilarating ride!
The East Anglian Game & Country Fair is the perfect place for a spot of shopping. There are over 350 stands announced for the weekend, with products ranging from ladies and men’s country clothing to guns, fishing gear to home gifts. If you are after some artisan food and drink, head to the food and drink hall where companies from around the UK will be bringing mouth-watering and unusual dishes to sample and buy.
Also at the fair are equestrian events, a forestry area, plenty of children’s activities and attractions and live music over the weekend from local bands. Tickets can be bought on the gate, for £18.00 for adults and £7 for 5-16s, with under 5s free. Family tickets (two adults and two children) are £50 and parking is free.