Set to take place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April, The East Anglian Game & Country Fair will once again be returning to the Euston Estate, by kind permission of The Duke and Duchess of Grafton.
This beautiful venue lends itself to a game and country fair setting, along with offering the opportunity to further evolve and develop the show, with the space and freedom to invite new attractions and events, whilst ensuring that the popular events that we have always enjoyed remain.
Headlining the main arena this year will be the world famous JCB Dancing Diggers. Described as a down to earth version of the Red Arrows, they have curtsied for the Queen, pirouetted for TV and thrilled thousands all over the world. Spectators are stunned to see a team of mechanical monsters weighing over 80 tonnes appear so elegant and light – even dainty. But that’s exactly what they become when they perform intricate and spectacular routines to music like The Phantom of the Opera, the Wedding March and Firebird. The “choreography” sees the diggers circle and weave past each other with split second precision, and only inches to spare. To many in the crowd, the JCB Dancing Diggers are a spectacular and unusual entertainment. But others who watch also rely on JCB machines for their living and for them the performance is a graphic demonstration of the machines’ remarkable manoeuvrability, precision and power.
There are also a number of equestrian attractions confirmed for the 2018 Game & Country Fair. Returning by popular demand, The Mounted Games Association of Great Britain will be holding the most exciting and exhilarating display competitions. Visitors can see the exciting, fast and skillful British Scurry & Trials Driving Championships with ponies of all shapes and sizes taking on a timed obstacle course made from cones, temporary barriers, flags arches and ramps all against the clock. Speed, agility and bravery are all required!
The show will also be welcoming Harvey’s Shires, who will transport the audience back in time to when horse power was relied upon for food and transport. Harvey’s Shires will show just how these powerful and majestic animals performed in years gone by, and display their extensive collection of vehicles and implements used in all areas of work and pleasure.
The Sheep Show will be drawing in great crowds, organised by Norfolk based New Zealander Richard Savory. If you haven’t seen the show yet it is both entertaining and educational looking at sheep breeds and shearing. The sheep are the stars and its finale are the dancing sheep.
Stuart Barnes’ Dog & Duck show will see Stuart and his team use trained and untrained sheep dogs to herd ducks, amusing and educating the audience about common dog behaviour issues and about how these can be resolved. The show demonstrates how untrained and poorly behaved dogs still have a programmed natural instinct, giving the audience a new understanding of the ‘Way of the Dog’.
Sion Davies Farrier Services will once again be bringing their forge to the Game & Country Fair showing the art of making shoes from scratch. Sion passed his diploma in 1994 and covers all types of Farriery. His expert skills are sought after in many countries which takes him around the world. He is a member of Worshipful Company of Farriers and his craft has also gained him the prestigious award, Freedom of The City of London.
There are lots of dog activities lined up for the show in April too. The Mid-Norfolk Gundog Club will be demonstrating the stages of training for Spaniels and Retrievers as they are prepared to become working gundogs, and will be running the Gun Dog Scurry competitions and a Team Gundog Working Test – a competition for trained gundogs that simulates the problems the dogs will encounter when working. Expect and enjoy first class work and a keen but friendly competition from some of the best gundogs and handlers in the region.
K9 Aqua Sports will be holding its ‘K9 Jump Jet’ Competition (the Long Jump for dogs into water), where fly ball dogs, gundogs, obedience dogs or even the families pet dog are welcome, as long as they are over 6 months old and healthy. All K9 Jump Jet heat participants will receive a participant rosette with placement rosettes for top 6 teams in each heat.
Visitors are also welcome to enter dogs into the Dog Agility and Jumping competitions and ‘have a go’ arenas or in The Pet Dog Show (1pm Sat & Sun) or even the popular Terrier & Lurcher Show which takes place on Sunday at 11am. This will be a qualifier for all major championships as well as the East Anglian Championship.
Whether you are a practicing falconer, nature enthusiast or not, the Falconry Village is sure to keep you entertained. There will be mini events going on all day in the arena, lure swinging competitions and talks on hunting plus several stands to browse along with expert advice from falconers. Fens Falconry will also be performing a main arena display with a comprehensive and thrilling display including Falcons, Kestrels, Buzzards, Eagles, Owls and even Vultures. The display is guaranteed to thrill audiences of all ages.
The Forestry Village hosts ‘The East of England Cutters & Climbers Competition’ and Pole Climbing Competitions. The forestry arena will be a buzz of activity with chainsaw carvings, felling demonstrations, tree climbing and pole climbing competitions. Tree workers from around the UK will be competing at this rare opportunity to see a working forestry village.
The Game Fair Country Kitchen has a great line up with a variety of cookery workshops and demonstrations taking place over the weekend from a selection of local chefs, including Celebrity Chef Chris Coubrough, Arthur Howell, James Conway, Justin Kett, Michael Chamberlain, Daniel Freear plus many more. The Game Fair Kitchen is housed in the centre of the busy Food Hall where you will find a wide variety of exhibitors from Norfolk and across the UK bringing unusual and mouth watering food and drink to the show for our visitors to sample, enjoy and purchase.
Once again the Education Zone will be showcasing some of the best Independent schools from across the region. Visitors have a unique opportunity to meet some of the staff and pupils from these schools and discuss their child’s education in a friendly and informal environment. Visitors are able to meet representatives from the schools themselves and explore all that these schools have to offer in a relaxed setting giving a valuable insight into the vast range of experiences that children will be able to expect if they were to join these schools in the future.
There are over 350 shopping stands with a wide variety of products from fashion and footwear to gun makers, eco products, fishing tackle and home designer wares. Plus, craft halls and gift marquees. The Dog & Duck onsite pub will be serving a great selection of local beers and drinks throughout the weekend, and will be hosting live music both during the day and on the Saturday evening.
Children of all ages will be able to take part in countryside activities and meet several animals, including alpacas and enjoy donkey rides. This year, the show is pleased to welcome back ‘Little Rovers’. Under supervision, adventurous youngsters can drive scaled Land Rovers around a mini ‘off-road’ course.
The Exotic Animal Encounter will also be at the event offering the chance to meet and interact with animals you would usually only see in the zoo, from meerkats to skunks from snakes to prairie dogs (even a talking raven), the animals are so friendly and impeccably trained, with handling sessions and talks happening throughout both show days.
There will also be a number of traditional craft demonstrations and activities taking place across the weekend to entertain all ages.
Join in and ‘have a go’ at a range of country activities from clay shooting with John Bidwell’s High Lodge instructors or enter the competition clay shoot for men, women and juniors. Fly fishing and Coarse fishing on the Black Bourne River with Norfolk & Suffolk Fly Fishers, ferret racing and archery to paintballing and crossbows. Try the air rifle range, hold a bird of prey or take a ride in a Landrover on the off road 4×4 course. You can also learn much more about the countryside by visiting some of our countryside organisation stands including BASC, CLA, British Deer Society, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, National Organisation of Beaters, National Gamekeepers Organisation and many more.
Advance discounted admission e-tickets are available now online at www.ukgamefair.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotline number 01263 735 828 (until midday 23/04/18).
– Adult £15.00
– Children (5-16yrs) £6.00
– Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £40
Under 5’s are Free and Car Parking is Free for all.
On the gate prices: Adult £18.00, Children (5-16 Yrs) £7.00, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £50, under 5’s are Free and Free Car Parking for all.