Rigby is set to host the CIC UK Trophy Evaluation Board on their largest ever stand at The Game Fair

London gunmaker John Rigby & Co. has confirmed their attendance at The Game Fair at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 July. This year Rigby has booked their largest ever booth, as well as hosting The International Council for Game & Wildlife Conservation (CIC) UK Trophy Evaluation Board (TEB).

Visitors to their booth on Gunmakers’ Row will be treated to an array of Rigby rifles, including their iconic Rising Bite double rifles, fully bespoke London Bests, the award-winning range of Big Game and Highland Stalker bolt-action rifles, as well as a large selection of accessories for every adventure.

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The Game Fair Garden sponsored by Charles Stanley, created by Capel Manor

Charles Stanley announced as the official sponsor of this ambitious garden project

The Game Fair is delighted to announce that Charles Stanley, one of the UK’s leading wealth managers, is the official sponsor of the new Game Fair Gardens, taking place from 26thto 28thJuly at the historic Hatfield House.

Debuting at The Game Fair, Europe’s largest countryside festival, will be the installation of show gardens never seen on such a scale, covering over an acre of the vast site – brought to life by leading educational  institution Capel Manor College, of which Lady Salisbury of Hatfield House is Patron.

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James Martin to cook exclusively for The Game Fair VIP Package holders

James Martin, one of the nation’s favourite chefs will be adding culinary flair to The Game Fair VIP experience when the three-day festival of the great British countryside returns to Hatfield House from 26-28 July.

Over the past 21 years James Martin has presented some of the most popular cooking shows on TV and published 18 best selling books.

Passionate about food and sourcing the very best ingredients, James can be found behind the stoves at James Martin Manchester and The Kitchen at the acclaimed Chewton Glen, and again this year he will also be cooking up a storm at The Game Fair, exclusively for VIP package holders.

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Britain still open for business, says The Game Fair managing director

The managing director of Europe’s largest annual countryside festival has issued a timely reminder to industry leaders in the outdoors sector that Britain remains open for business, despite the uncertainty of Brexit.

Speaking in Nuremburg, Germany at IWA Outdoor Classics, the annual trade fair for hunting, shooting sports, outdoor and security equipment, The Game Fair managing director James Gower encouraged European industry partners to continue to support UK events including Britain’s premier countryside festival, which takes place this summer from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 July.  

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The Game Fair selects GWCT as its nominated charity

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has been chosen by The Game Fair as its official charity for 2019.

A regular exhibitor at The Game Fair, the independent wildlife conservation charity has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. Its research is used to provide training and advice on how best to improve the biodiversity of the countryside.

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5 MINUTES WITH… TOM ADAMS MANAGING DIRECTOR AT BRITISH GAME ALLIANCE

The Game Fair has its roots and heritage firmly front and centre of the food chain, emerging 61 years ago from a scientific conference studying game bird populations and best practice in rearing and managing the countryside for food production. Today it is no wonder that The Kitchen Theatre is one of the most popular attractions. Once again, The Kitchen Theatre is partnered with BASC Taste of Game to bring you an astonishing line-up of chefs, ideas and recipes along with expert advice, techniques and stories that will inspire you.

BASC has announced this week that it has provided a substantial support package to the British Game Alliance (BGA) to build on the existing relationship between the organisations.

The package includes financial backing, access to BASC staff expertise and a BASC council member to sit on the BGA board.

We spend five minutes with Tom Adams to understand more about British Game Alliance.

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5 minutes with Andrew Ambrose, John Rigby & Co Gunmakers

Q: How long have you exhibited at The Game Fair for?

A: We have been attending the Game Fair regularly since it started in 1958.

Q: What has changed since your first show with us? 

A: The show has continually grown in stature and developed without losing its main focus of being a country sports event. We have witnessed an increasingly broad range of clientele, which fits perfectly with ourselves, given that we are always looking to attract new clients.     

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5 minutes with Andrew Turvey Head Gardener at Hatfield House

We talk to Andrew Turvey Head Gardener at Hatfield House about his passion for gardens, inspiration and The Game Fair…

What inspired you to take your career path?

Since seeing a television program on the lost gardens of Heligan I knew I wanted to restore gardens. The gardens truly were lost, buried under bramble and ivy when it’s workers were conscripted during World War I.  In the 1990’s these once glorious gardens were brought back to life in every sense to tell, the tales of those “ordinary” people who had made these gardens great, before departing for the Great War. The program inspired me at the age of 13, and my path was set.

What areas of Hatfield Park do you most admire?

I don’t have a favorite however the area I feel most relaxed in is the East Garden. The garden consists of a mixture of formal parterres, Maze, Kitchen Garden, Arboretum planting and it also features a water body called New Pond created in 1640’s. It is the presence of water that makes it special for me.

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The Gun Trade Association and The Game Fair announce new partnership

The GTA and The Game Fair have teamed up to offer unparalleled access to shooting enthusiasts, the countryside loving public, and crucially, to a huge potential new audience.  The Game Fair is the largest event of its type, providing visitors with choice, advice and practical have-a-go facilities to enable customers to try before you buy. More than 120,000 visitors are expected to the annual event taking place this year from 26-28 July at Hatfield House.

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Game Fair Gardens

The Game Fair returns to Hertfordshire in 2019 with unparralled access to a vast catchment area and literally minutes from central London. The organisers are getting ready to take the event to the next level. Lord and Lady Salisbury’s estate at Hatfield House will host the event again and an ambitious plan of new attractions will delight the crowds – including the installation of the largest show garden ever attempted – brought to life by leading educational institution Capel Manor College.

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