Yorkshire Game Fair
Date: 25th-26th May
Location: Newby Hall, Skelton on Ure, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AJ
What's happening at the 2014 Game Fair?The Yorkshire Game Fair is now entering the sixth year and the country game fair is set to be bigger than ever in 2014.
Solidly rooted in our love for the countryside and the outdoors we continue to focus on the rural pursuits of Hunting, Shooting and Fishing. This year the country fair is home to many established have-a-go competitions like casting, dog shows, racing, clay shooting, scurries and our Yorkshire Super Dog Championship. There is so much to do, from kid’s activities and funfairs to world class competition.
Why is the Yorkshire Game Fair so special?The Yorkshire Game Fair will be featuring much more in 2014 including:
- New shooting line and shooting competitions
- Countryside family adventure area
- The field kitchen
- The Yorkshire super puppy championship
- The 2012 UK working whippet championship
- The working spaniel test
- The gundog clinic
- An extended retail, food and craft pavilion
- New arena acts
This year the game fair features the return of show favourites such as Ben Potter with his Birds of Prey, and Katy Cropper, winner of BBC TV programme ‘One Man and His Dog’; plus, we welcome exciting new features and activities like The Countryside Family Adventure Area, the Field Kitchen and a new Shooting Line.
- ‘Devoted to dogs’ is an absolute must for all dog lovers! We have something for everyone from fun scurries and events to our canine exhibitors section which features over 2000 entries in the show rings! Plus we have working dogs, with racing and simulated coursing and Lurcher, whippet, terrier and Gundog shows and tests to enjoy.
Countryside family adventutreThis area is jam-packed with fun outdoor activities and has something to suit every taste in activity. Whether you take part in Laser Combat, Helicopter rides, Quad biking, climbing or want to test your hand eye coordination on our ranges, there is something for all the family here come rain or shine. There is so much to do!
Alan Evans of Fair Clay Targets takes charge of The Shooting Line at The Yorkshire Game Fair this year and introduces some first class competitive shooting and competition for novices, ladies and junior shooters.
- The Star Shot unit comes in at an impressive forty feet high and eighty feet wide. It’s great fun for both experienced and novice clay shooters who want to have a go. Spectators are drawn to the competitors’ attempts to shoot one clay in each numbered section followed by a simultaneous pair at the end. It really attracts quite a crowd!
Clay shooting competitions:
Pool shoot, shoot 12 clays from 3 traps, prize money paid out after every 15 entries. Entries only £4 each.
50 bird sporting unlimited entry, shoot from at least 5 stands. £15.00 per entry
Two man flush, each team has 60 seconds to shoot 40 clays. Entry is £12 per team.
What can we do at the Yorkshire Game Fair?There are our ever popular specialist pavilions. An excellent choice of gifts, clothing, home ware and one off show specials are available in our retail area. If food is your passion we have delicious local produce in our food pavilion or if country crafts and watching demonstrations are your thing we have a craft pavilion full of interesting exhibitors.
We present Falconry with Ben Potter and his birds of prey in our Central Arena twice daily. Ben's birds include Arthur the Vulture, Kevin the Cara Cara, Betty the Ruppels Griffin Vulture and Oska the Eagle Owl. When Ben and his team are not in the arena they can be found in our Falconry mews area where Ben is happy to introduce you to the birds and answer any questions you may have.
All those thrill seeking visitors will love Land Rovers Terrapod ultimate off road experience, as you drive around the course with an instructor along side, you will travel sideways on a 30 degree slope, a simulated ice track and huge potholes that leave the car on three wheels!
The world's largest and best professional Mountain bike display team, MAD Bikes. The team travel worldwide doing spectacular exciting displays. You will be amazed what these guys can do on a bike!
Katy Cropper shepherded The Yorkshire Dales for Ten years and in 1990 became the only woman to win the televised Sheep Dog trial ‘One Man and his Dog.’ Come and see her acclaimed sheep dog and duck display.
The UK Working Whippet Club Lure Coursing Demonstration provides an exciting display of lure coursing featuring an eight dog stake which can be seen twice daily. Watch these game little dogs battle it out to find the winner. Despite looking dainty and elegant these tough working dogs regularly put in a hard days work on the cold and harsh Yorkshire Dales.
Simon Whitehead and his Pakefield Ferrets Display. Simon is a professional Ferreter and pest controller, he lives and works in Suffolk and promotes Ferrets and Ferreting all over the UK. You can listen to his enthusiastic and entertaining commentary in our arena and he will also cook up a rabbit feast in The Field Kitchen.
Chris Green along with his old dog Tom will present the skill of Wildfowling. Wildfowling is the practice of hunting the wariest of birds, Ducks and Geese. Chris Green can be found in our Gamekeepers Green area and will be hands on and available to discuss your wildfowling queries.
Airedale Beagles were formed in 1891 and are kennelled between Skipton and Keighley .The ground they hunt in is predominantly high moorland and farmland. At present there is a ban on traditional Hare hunting. The Airedale Beagles continue to hunt within the law, exercising the Beagles and pursuing rabbits. The Beagles remain a popular attraction at the show and after their display the public are invited to join them in the arena.
The Vale of York Polo Club is organising the Polo matches in The Central Arena. Polo is a fast and entertaining sport and is ever popular at The Game Fair.
Adrian Slater, Gun Dog trainer of the year 2010, presents his Gun Dog display. With vast experience and natural flair, his friendly, informative presentations always draw a great crowd, particularly his humorous commentary!
From the minute Galloping Acrobatics enter the arena you will be mesmerised by the remarkable feats of gymnastic, acrobatic and equestrian skill on display. Shows include not only vaulting but also lively commentary from horseback, skipping horses, exquisite equestrian dances and all manner of trickery imaginable on the back of a horse. The incredible level of communication between Rosie and her horses will have you enthralled from start to finish. With beautiful vintage inspired costumes, up-beat sound tracks and plenty of razzle dazzle, Galloping Acrobatics is a real show stopper. Following each display a twenty minute meet and greet session allows for you to ask questions and interact with all performers, human and equine!
Gamekeepers Green is an area dedicated to learning about life in the countryside and is home to many experts, demonstrations, organisations and The Field Kitchen. Throughout the weekend you can see chefs bringing you fantastic recipes and delicious food, prepared from scratch showing us how our food gets from field to our forks. Featuring demonstrations of how game is caught, lively debates with our resident experts and have-a-go net making. Prize for the best!
Connor Blades is an aspiring chef, accomplished shot with a 20 bore and keen fell-walker: he has a passion for cooking, eating and the countryside. At just thirteen years of age, he is a young man who is more than happy to "Kill it, Cook it, Eat it". Connor recently represented North Yorkshire in the North Eastern Finals of Future Chef 2012, where game figured highly on his menu.
A very popular area of the show is The Falconry Mews, at all times throughout the show you can get up close to a wide Variety of birds of prey. The Falconry Mews Arena has displays and demonstrations with informative and interesting commentaries from our large number of clubs and Falconry experts.
- Fisherman and women need not feel left out, we have an area of the show where you can pick up tips from the experts, take part in competitions and top those tackle boxes up. Rod maker Peter Johnson appears at the Yorkshire Game Fair for the first time this year. He demonstrates his skill of making fishing rods from whole sections of bamboo, commonly referred to as ‘Split Cane’ Rods. He will be operating his Free Rod Clinic, where Rod owners are invited to bring a troublesome rod along or attend and gain advice on looking after rods. Peter also conducts his own Angling event through the day, usually two sessions, where visitors are invited to try their hand (as a novice) at casting a coarse fishing rod. So go along to his marquee and see this unique guy.