Chris Green on Wildfowling

Born in the West Country in 1961, Chris has always been and still is a true hunter gatherer. At The Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre he will talk about wildfowling, and go on to judge our duck-calling competition (details to come soon).

Chris grew up like many other kids of his day with no money. If he got sixpence pocket money he considered himself lucky, so he spent his boyhood exploring, fishing, tree climbing, bird nesting, rabbit catching and living off the fat of the land. Teaming up with a good friend from school, he caught his first rabbits with ferret nets, snares and long nets.


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Green & Pleasant Land Agents

Major Land agents confirm attendance at The Game Fair 2017, 28-30 July, taking place at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire.  Bidwells, Knight Frank, Savills and Carter Jonas confirm attendance at the pinnacle event in the countryside calendar.

The Game Fair today announce a new headline sponsor for The Game Fair Theatre. Carter Jonas join the lineup at The Game Fair 2017.

Tim Jones, Head of the Carter Jonas Rural division said: “The rural sector is a key part of the Carter Jonas business, with over 1 million acres under management we are at the heart of countryside issues. Our teams are engaged with a diverse range of business across the rural sector and this is why the opportunity to support the Game Fair theatre is so appealing to us. We look forward to the topical debates and presentations, coupled with some friendly competitions too.”

John Hoy, Head of Rural, Bidwells said, “We are delighted to be returning to the Game Fair and to be using this year’s event at Hatfield House to entertain some of our clients and some of our key professional contacts.

“This is the first time that the event has been hosted in Hertfordshire and it is a great location for the Firm, given our strong focus on the ‘golden triangle’ of Cambridge, Oxford and London.  We are excited to be working with the Game Fair team and are looking forward to a very successful event.”

Roger Wheaton BD director of Savills rural comments “The Game Fair at Hatfield House is the ideal location for Savills participation given its proximity to London.  We have been hugely impressed with the innovation and enthusiasm coming from the new Game Fair team and look forward to being part of this year’s event”.

Alastair Paul, Partner at Knight Frank’s Rural Consultancy based in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire said “Knight Frank is delighted that The Game Fair is coming to Hertfordshire. The region is important for Farms, Farm Land and Estates and an event such as the Game Fair can provide a vital focal point for rural and countryside issues as well as being an excellent place for networking, doing business and of course entertaining.  We are thoroughly looking forward to the event and are very pleased to be supporting it”.



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The Game Fair is today delighted to announce a major repeat sponsorship and partnership with NFU Mutual, the specialist rural business insurer.

The UK’s leading rural insurer is the exclusive category partner in the insurance sector and will include a central stand at the Show, specialised networking events, brand inclusion throughout The Game Fair’s marketing and communications campaign and discounted tickets for NFU Mutual customers and staff.

Founded in 1910 as a farming insurer, NFU Mutual has today grown and expanded its expertise to provide specialist insurance, pensions and investment products for personal and business customers, in and outside of the farming community.

It is this heritage and these values that make for a perfect fit with The Game Fair – the nation’s largest celebration of the Great British countryside.

James Gower, The Game Fair Managing Director, comments “The natural synergies between our two organisations were clear last year and the partnerships success reflected this. We look forward to further developing our relationship and supporting each other in new and exciting ways”.

Darren Seward, Food and Drink & Hospitality Specialist at NFU Mutual comments: “The Game Fair in 2016 proved itself to be the pinnacle event for the Countryside. As a specialist rural home and business insurer, we insure a whole variety of businesses involved in the ‘field to fork’ journey. Many of our key businesses capitalize on The Game Fair and we are proud to be in association with an event that is a National Treasure. From artisan food and drink producers, to niche retailers and boutique hotels and restaurants, we are looking forward to welcoming the best rural businesses from across the country.”

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The Times They Are A-Changin’

The Game Fair today announces its media partnership with national quality newspaper The Times. The Game Fair will be held at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire from 28 to 30 July. To celebrate the partnership, The Times, will be launching a huge competition to win lifetime ownership of a fishing lake and Orvis equipment and goods.

James Gower, Managing Director of The Game Fair, said of the partnership: “This is fantastic news for The Game Fair. It is the first time we will have a media partner that takes an active role in the show, and The Times will be part of the fabric of the event. It is also a fantastic opportunity to broaden the reach of The Game Fair. The Times has a huge and loyal readership, both in urban and rural areas, which will give The Game Fair the opportunity to bring the countryside to a far wider audience.”


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The Game Fair is set to host the City A.M. City Shots Challenge

The Game Fair which is being held at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire from 28 – 30 July is set to host the City A.M. City Shots competition, one of the most prominent shooting events in the country sports calendar.

The City Shots competition which has been running since 2013, will take place in the afternoon of the first day, with competitively spirited companies, competing against the best in the business in a team clay shoot.

Run in conjunction with London-based free daily business newspaper City A.M., six teams of four shooters will tackle three different traps, shooting 50 clayseach and finish with a team flush on The Subaru Shooting Line, overseen by E.J. Churchill.Entries cost £1,000 for a team of four. To top an excellent day out, the winning team will be awarded a highly-coveted prize, as presented by City A.M.

The competition is designed to raise money for The Game Fair’s official charity for 2017, The Lord’s Taverners, whose mission is to empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with disabilities to enjoy sport.

Martin Muncaster, Head of Commercial Development for City A.M. commented: “We are delighted to be the first media partner of the City Shots competition, which is set to be great competitive fun, in aid of such a worthwhile cause. We are very much looking forward to the shoot and cannot wait to see which team will be crowned champions”.

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Tackle fit for a King

Tackle fit for a king and details of a fishing rod and reel given to a Prime Minister for averting World War II will be among the amazing historical items on display at The Game Fair 2017.

In keeping with the magnificent history of this year‘s venue, Hatfield House, vintage tackle expert Victor Bonutto will be showcasing some fascinating fishing artefacts during the weekend (July 28th to 30th).

They will include a salmon fly box given to Victor from the grandson of a Balmoral ghillie to Edward VII, which it is said he used to great effect during his fishing trips. The colourful selection inside is thought to have accounted for many fish.


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The Game Fair to host international farrier competition with £5,000 cash prize fund

The Game Fair, which is being held at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire across three days from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July, is set to host the inaugural Shoeing Lab Championships.

Held across all three days, the competition is open to a total of 48 farriers from around the world who will be split into two classes – apprentices and seniors.


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Main Arena at The Game Fair to host anti-poaching demonstrations

This year’s Game Fair, to be held at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July, will include demonstrations from Daryll Pleasants, who specialises in training dogs to help with anti-poaching efforts in Africa.

Daryll, who has been involved with anti-poaching efforts for five years, is working on projects in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia and Kenya through the organisation Animals Saving Animals, where he is helping to protect the last northern white rhinos.


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Savills take a fresh approach

International land and property agent Savills is taking a new approach at this year’s Game Fair.  Taking place for the first time in 59 years at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. Just 21 miles north of London, reaching the new venue could not be easier with a 20-minute train journey from London King’s Cross, taking visitors direct to Hatfield station which is opposite the entrance to the event.
From 28-30 July, Savills, in association with Country Life magazine will be entertaining within the new Seven Investment Management Village Green Area, designed to represent a quintessential British countryside scene with cream teas and refreshments. Guests can relax on deck chairs whilst taking in the celebrity charity cricket matches hosted by the Game Fair’s official charity, Lord’s Taverners. In addition Savills will also be hosting clay pigeon shooting parties.
Roger Wheaton BD director of Savills rural comments “The Game Fair at Hatfield House is the ideal location for Savills participation given its proximity to London.  We have been hugely impressed with the innovation and enthusiasm coming from the new Game Fair team and look forward to being part of this year’s event”.  

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The Game Fair brings out the Big Guns

In January 1916 the first tank, known as ‘Mother’ was sent by train to Hatfield House. To mark the 100th anniversary in 2016 a full sized replica Mark IV Tank was in situ for the duration of the season.

The Tank may have since left but The Game Fair is bringing out the big guns…

The Manufacturers Village is a new addition to Gunmakers’ Row at  The Game Fair 2017 taking place at Hatfield House form 28-30 July.

Populated by GMK, Ruag, Browning, Anglo Spanish Imports and Anglo Italian Arms, this area allows customers to interact and learn about the products 1st hand. This area is a ‘must visit’ for anyone in the market for a new gun with advice direct from the manufacturers.


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