The biggest, best and most prestigious country events in June – for lovers of country life.
Field and Country Fair 2016, 10-12th June, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Organised by the publishers of The Field, Country Life and the Shooting Gazette, the Field and Country Fair aims to be one of the best summer events for those with a passion for rural sporting life.
It differs from other events in its ‘hands on’ ethos, and goal of attracting those already up to their tweedy necks in fieldsports and country pursuits, plus anyone with even the vaguest itch to scratch.
Cornbury Estate, home of Lord and Lady Rotherwick is well known for the Wilderness Festival and is the perfect playground for a prestigious country sports showcase.
Dogs will be welcome for a series of informal scurries and there will be a dedicated lurcher area plus gundog assessments and eye clinic.
A falconry mews will have birds ranging from barn owls to golden eagles and Shooting Times columnist Simon Whitehead will gather a team of expert rabbiters and net-makers at the Pugs & Drummers (ferrets and rabbits) stand.
Try fly-fishing and get some practice on the Shooting Line, plus there’s Gunmakers’ Quarter, a game-keeping and estate-management section and a game-cookery theatre featuring Will and Calum Thompson from the Eat Wild Restaurant, plus TV chef Tim Maddams.
Book at: Field and Country Fair
Royal Highland Show, 23-26 June, Royal Highland Centre
The Royal Highland Show is Scotland’s leading agricultural show. Ingrained in the DNA of farmers and rural folk north of the border it is highly competitive, furiously social and fantastic fun.
If you’re Scottish a visit to the Highland Show is compulsory, at least once in your life, even if you live in the heart of the city and have zero interest in country affairs.
No matter what the weather – and this year, we may even have sun, though clearly even mentioning the possibility could jinx it – hundreds of thousands of visitors will make the trip to the Royal Highland Show Ground to watch proud breeders and owners parade their 5,000 cattle, sheep, goats, horses and poultry for the judges.
Best of all though is the carnival atmosphere, shopping, food, drink and joy of watching country folk get together. It’s impossible not to be drawn into the infectious spirit of the event, to proclaim at the spectacle of Highland Bulls weighing several tons who look as though they’ve just emerged from the hairdressers, blow dried and perfectly coiffed.
Also other than digging in your pocket for shopping and food everything inside the show – all the country pursuits demos and displays in the arena – is free. We absolutely can’t promise you won’t be tempted though, the food in the Scotland’s Larder area is fantastic and you can shop for everything from a £200,000 combine harvester to a fetching little pashmina.
Book at: Royal Highland Show
National Ladies Shooting Day, 11th June, Events all Over the Country
The first ever National Ladies Shooting Day held in 2015 was a massive success. Organised by the Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club and sponsored by Dubarry boots, it attracted over 1000 ladies, participating at 22 venues the length and breadth of the country.
Over 600 of them had never shot clay before, a fabulous endorsement of the event’s aim to bring women into a field sport traditionally dominated by men.
All events, regardless of venue, cost £39.50 and include absolutely everything. Plus, the event promises only low recoil cartridges, so no need to worry about ‘kick.’ Leaving you to focus on winning something from the amazing Prize Pile.
Prizes include: £1,000 Dubarry voucher, a case of 6 bottles of Foxdenton gin and 2 nights at the award-winning Candlewyck B&B in Ulverston.
Book at: The Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club
Don’t forget to dress the part if you’re stepping out at any of the above events. The right footwear is absolutely crucial so get yourself kitted out with a decent pair of RM Williams boots. For ladies nothing less than Dubarry boots will do.
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