The remarkable rise of girls with guns

It was only 100 years ago when some, but not all, women were first granted the right to vote. Now they are just as likely to be seen shooting clays at the gun club before sitting down to tea and cake.

In this, the 60th anniversary year of The Game Fair, which returns this summer to the familiar surroundings of Ragley Hall from 27-29 July, women are shooting in greater numbers than ever before.

So when the festival of the great British countryside takes place this summer, don’t expect it to be all about men in flat caps and tweed trousers.

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JONATHAN-LEE BROOKES, THE GAME FAIR BRAND AMBASSADOR

Jonathan-lee Brookes, the man behind countryside blog ‘JLB In The Glen’ will be representing The Game Fair 2018 as Brand Ambassador. A first for The Game Fair, Jonathan-lee will be blogging, instragramming and covering behind the scenes when we return to Ragley Hall at the end of July. Keep your eyes peeled for exclusive content and promotions!
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BILL HARRIMAN TO CURATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY MUSEUM AT RAGLEY HALL

Bill Harriman is a writer and broadcaster whose interest in firearms and other weapons stems from the time when he built kits of guns as a boy. He has a personal collection of over 150 military rifles and their accessories dating from the 1830s to the First World War.

As a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow, he has sought to communicate his passion for weapons and their place in history to a wider audience. He has campaigned for fair and effective firearms laws that achieve a proper balance between the needs of public safety, the possession of firearms by suitable people for hunting, sport shooting and the preservation of heritage.

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BASC members receive complimentary entry to the next three Game Fairs

BASC members will receive complimentary entry to The Game Fair for each of the next three years.

Following the success of this year’s event, when 28,000 BASC members attended Hatfield House (total attendance 116,000), a similar arrangement will provide members with complimentary admission and reduced admission for their guests until 2020.

James Gower, managing director of The Game Fair, said: “We were delighted with the turn out from BASC members at this year’s event after we had worked extremely hard to ensure the biggest rural show of the year maintain and build its connection with its core audience in the shooting world.

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Fishing experts return for tuition and competitions

One of The Game Fair® core sectors – angling – has been given a big boost for 2018 with the return of fishing tuition and casting competitions.

The picturesque lake at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, will welcome the experienced coaching teams from National Fishing Month and the Game Angling Instructors’ Association (GAIA). They will be present throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 27th to 29th, offering coaching and tuition on the lake, which is well-stocked with a wide range of fish including some stunning carp.

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Campsite under new management

The Game Fair celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2018 when it returns to the familiar surroundings of Ragley Hall in Warwickshire form 27th-29thJuly. Learning from the valuable feedback received after the 2017 event, The Game Fair campsite will return to being run in-house by our expert team in 2018, . 
 
Following outsourcing the campsite in 2017, we learnt some important lessons. Following this The Game Fair have decided to return its management to internal staff.

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Focus on Fishing

Whether you want to see the latest tackle, get some tips from the experts, watch the biggest names in the sport demonstrating their skills or simply cast a line (and catch a fish) then the Fishing Village is for you.

Fresh from a rebirth in 2017, the popular Fishing Village will once again be a major part of The Game Fair at Ragley Hall.

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Repeat partnership announced with Time Inc.

The Game Fair celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2018 when it returns to the familiar surroundings of Ragley Hall from 27-29 July. As plans accelerate and excitement builds, The Game Fair and Time Inc. UK announce a repeat partnership for 2018. The partnership spans a variety of media within the Time Inc. UK portfolio, including both print and digital, as well as special offers to readers and subscribers. Titles including Country Life, The Field, Shooting Times, Shooting Gazette and Sporting Gun will once again become part of the fabric of the event.

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East African Trading Company

East African Trading Company exhibited at The Game Fair 2017, owner and founder Lesley tells her story here.

The idea for East African Trading Company came from a chance encounter with a crude bowl made from Ankole Cattle Horn. I realised what a wonderful sustainable material this was, being a bi-product of the beef industry and normally burnt as waste.Working directly with a local family run business, and a team of talented artisans, we have designed and produced this amazing range of accessories – straight from the Equator to  your home.

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