The Safari Collective: Corporate Hospitality and Shooting

You have a box at the Races, you can now have your own Safari Lodge at The Game Fair. 

A group of 8 corporate hospitality pods in the form of Safari tents overlook the Subaru Shooting Line at The Game Fair 2017. These tents are the location for partner shooting parties, group hospitality and networking events.

Bookable for Breakfast, Lunch or Afternoon tea. Packages for 25 people includes entrance to The Game Fair, hospitality and clay shooting with qualified instructors from EJ Churchill.
For more information please contact emma.curran@thegamefair.org 

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The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust confirms presence at The Game Fair

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has confirmed it will have a stand at The Game Fair 2017, to be held at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, on Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July.

Andrew Gilruth, Director of Membership, Marketing and Communications at the GWCT said the organisation was delighted to be attending: “The GWCT has a long historical association with The Game Fair. Last year’s Game Fair impressed us with its feeling of inclusion and the layout, and I’m sure this year’s will be even better.”

The GWCT will be focusing on a campaign to conserve lowland curlews at The Game Fair, which are struggling, according to Andrew: “We want to raise awareness, particularly with people on the ground – gamekeepers, farmers and shooters, and The Game Fair is the ideal place to do that.”

Lord Salisbury, who is President of the GWCT and owner of Hatfield House, commented: “The Game Fair is a great institution which shows country pursuits and rural communities at their best. It is those communities who can most effectively preserve and enhance rural Britain. We are delighted that the Game Fair is coming to Hatfield. It will enable us to play our part in showcasing rural life and, given where we are on the urban fringe, contribute to bridging the gap between rural and urban Britain.”

James Gower, Managing Director of The Game Fair, said: “We’re delighted that the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is joining us. “It’s such an important organisation for bringing together shooting and conservation, and for providing sound scientific evidence. The GWCT’s displays are second-to-none, and I know they’ll provide a fantastic introduction into the benefits of farming and shooting to the UK’s nature for the visitors from a more urban background.”

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The Game Fair announces media partnership with Time Inc. UK

The Game Fair has announced a new media partnership with Time Inc. UK titles including Country Life, The Field, Horse & Hound, Shooting Times, Shooting Gazette and Sporting Gun. This will mean exclusive packages and special ticket offers for readers.

As the largest outdoor countryside-themed event in the world, The Game Fair is set to attract around 120,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire across three days from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July. In fact, organisers feel that this year’s event will draw the highest spending crowd in the event’s 59-year history.

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The Game Fair brings export help to young businesses

Ten fledgling companies keen to export their fashion clothing and shooting accessories have found a new outlet, thanks to a joint initiative between The Game Fair and the Department for International Trade. The major UK countryside event organiser unveiled an innovative fashion pavilion at the giant IWA Outdoor Classics trade show in Nuremberg, Germany, at the beginning of March.

The strong presence put 10 young and thriving companies in front of more than 49,000 trade visitors from 120 countries.  The ten – Filthy Weather, Gamebirds Clothing, Guinea, Fairfax & Favor, Bonties, Gumleaf boots, Koy clothing, Heather, Nomad UK and Boldscan (Albion Canvas) – enjoyed a successful four days, meeting potential buyers and distributors and opening up their product ranges to new audiences.

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James Stokoe – Ambassador for The London Fly Fishing Fair and The Angling Trust. Winner of BBC Two’s Earth’s Wildest Waters: The Big Fish.

The Game Fair team take 5 minutes with James Stokoe ahead of The London Fly Fishing Fair

Biggest/best catch?

My biggest catch to date has to be my phenomenal white sturgeon I caught while filming BBC’s The Big Fish. It was totally unlike any fish I’d ever caught or laid eyes on, resembling something prehistoric!  This magnificent fish managed to smash my biggest rod, weighing in at a good 130lb and measuring 6ft 4 inches! My best catch to date would have to be finally breaking the 20lb limit with a fly caught salmon last season after 20 years of searching, bring on the 30 club!

What are you most looking forward to at The London Fly Fishing Fair?
Most of all I’m looking forward to meeting everyone coming through the doors as deep down I’m a real people person and I love nothing better than meeting and making new friends that share my love and passion for fly fishing.

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5 minutes with Marina Gibson, Orvis Brand Ambassador, Ambassador for The London Fly Fishing Fair.

Biggest/best catch?

My most memorable catch would be my first tarpon in Belize in 2016 on a bunny black death fly I tied. As I took to the stand at the bow of the skiff and scanned the ocean for the long dark elusive shapes cutting through the water or rolling on the surface, my eyes fixated on one swimming towards us. As she came close enough, I cast and she accelerated and sucked in the fly. She shook, she jumped, she twisted forming a session of acrobatics in the air – there is no fight like it. For me the bigger, faster and more powerful the better! Fishing takes you around the world, it’s a highly addictive sport, once hooked you’ll always be looking for your next adventure, wherever that may be.

What are you most looking forward to at The London Fly Fishing Fair?

EVERYTHING! From the big fishing brands and prestigious travel companies; Orvis UK, Go Fishing Worldwide, Frontiers, Fly Dreamers, to the boutique lifestyle stalls; Hunts Original, Get The Rods Out, Andy Antic Tackle, Mayfly Art, Hobie Fishing Kayaks, to the local fisheries; Walthamstow, Thornwood, Timsbury, Syon Park and the forever-giving charities; Atlantic Salmon Trust, Marie Curie – Casting for a Cause. There is quite literally the entire spectrum. Not to mention the personalities; Matt Hayes, Charles Jardine and James Stokoe.

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TV host Gregg Wallace returns to the Shot to Pot Restaurant at The Game Fair 2017

TV host Gregg Wallace will be returning as the face of the Shot to Pot restaurant at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire this July – providing visitors with a truly delicious culinary experience.  
 
A huge success last year, the 5-star restaurant, and hospitality area has been made bigger due to popular demand. These areas will continue to satisfy the growing demand for ‘farm to fork’ food provenance.

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Skinner’s Petfood support Gundogs at The Game Fair

Skinner’s Petfood have been a major supporter of The Game Fair for many years.  Will Delamore, Skinner’s Sales Director, thinks The Game Fair would have to go back a very long way indeed to find one that Skinner’s hadn’t been involved with. He says, ‘We are always delighted to be involved with The Game Fair and are extremely honoured to be sponsoring their Gundog Row again. As a company we have a long history of supporting the working and gun dog communities and in fact 2017 will be the 28th year we have sponsored the England Gundog Team and 3rd year we’ve sponsored the Scottish team too’.

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The Game Fair joins forces with renowned jam maker Tiptree to offer visitors the quintessential English experience

Visitors to The Game Fair will be treated to Tiptree’s delicious fruit-based products at this year’s event, which is being held from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

As a Royal Warrant holder, Wilkin & Sons Ltd, makers of heritage brand Tiptree, has been growing fruit and making preserves since 1885.  Based in Essex, the Tiptree fruit farm covers 850 acres and part of it used to grow a wide range of fruit that is used in the production of preserves, condiments, juices and fruit gins.

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The Game Fair appoints John Hunter to bolster Fishing Village

The Game Fair has appointed highly experienced shooting and fishing journalist John Hunter to develop and grow its fishing offering at the hugely popular three-day event, which is next being held from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

Warwickshire-based John has worked for David Hall Publishing for more than two decades and is best-known as editor-in-chief of Tackle & Guns and Gun Trade World. John commented: “After 21 years with DHP I felt the time was right for a new challenge. The team which took on The Game Fair last year did a fantastic job and the Ragley Hall event was a tremendous success. There is a massive opportunity for the fishing side of the show to really take off this year and I am delighted to be working with the organisers. I am really looking forward to contacting tackle retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and other bodies to discuss how they can get involved in this amazing and unique venture.”

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