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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Night Vision Tunnel & Viewing Deck

Visitors are invited to test out the latest technology in night vision and thermal imaging within The Game Fair’s new  state of the art blackout tunnel. A series of realistic and life size targets supporting thermal and infrared technologies at varying distances will be available. This 80ft tunnel will be the focal point of the Gamekeeping area.  Just inside the main entrance you won’t be able to miss this imposing structure, complete with upper viewing deck for trying out scopes, range finders and optics.

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THE GAME FAIR GEARS UP FOR EXPANSION

Now in its fourth year under the new management team, The Game Fair is gearing up for expansion, a push on improved customer communication and a drive on quality.  To facilitate these changes and more, the commercial team is expanding. Meet the new team…

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Britain’s best countryside brands given international opportunities thanks to The Game Fair

Britain’s best countryside brands have found a new outlet in the Middle East, thanks to a joint initiative between The Game Fair and Qatar’s hunting and falconry exhibition.

Five carefully-selected UK firms will be showcasing what they have to offer in the British Pavilion at the second Katara International Hunting and Falcons Exhibition (S’hail) from Tuesday 4 September to Saturday 8 September next week. It follows a five-year cultural partnership agreed in July between the Gulf country’s annual show and The Game Fair, Britain’s biggest countryside event organiser.

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Sarto Menswear donates £500 prize to The Lord’s Taverners

The winner of The Game Fair’s shop window dressing competition in Stratford-upon-Avon has donated the entire £500 prize to the countryside festival’s nominated charity.

Sarto Menswear, based at Old Red Lion Court, was judged to have created the best front window display to promote and capture the essence of The Game Fair, held at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire last month.

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Welsh carpenter Luke Llewellin wins top Subaru prize in Game Fair Challenge

Luke Llewellin, a 26-year-old carpenter from Pembrokeshire in Wales who only returned to clay shooting this summer after a three-year break, proved that he has not lost his touch by winning The Game Fair Challenge super final at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire.

Held over the three days to mark the 60thanniversary of The Game Fair, both open and novice class shooters were invited to take part in a 60-bird sporting clay contest on the Subaru Shooting Line for their chance to win a Subaru Forester car for a year as a prize.

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