What’s Going On?
All the news, information, and dates for upcoming events in the airgun world
This year’s Game Fair, which is being held from the 28th to the 30th of July at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, is once again pulling out the ‘big guns’ as it puts airguns at the forefront of the show. Indeed, the airgun ranges and exhibitors will be the first thing that visitors using the main car park entrance – Entrance A – will see when they arrive.
They will be greeted by many of the top names in the sport, delivering an extensive programme of events, including tuition, have-a-go shooting lanes, a hard-fought competition and a wealth of new equipment. Visitors will be able to try-before-they-buy, pose questions to airgun experts, test a range of different air rifles and get their hands on the very latest kit.
PARTNERS AND PURSUITS
This year, The Game Fair has partnered with Air Arms to deliver its Air Arms Experience, which will be a focal point of the event. It allows visitors to try their hand at five of the UK’s top target-shooting disciplines, supported by British Shooting, UK Benchrest, UKAHFT (Hunter Field Target) and the BFTA (British Field Target Association). Advice and information on all these disciplines will also be available, with experts on-hand to answer any queries.
As if that were not enough, the East Sussex-based manufacturer will also be offering visitors the chance to enter an exciting Speed Shoot competition. Those taking part could win cash prizes and, as a bonus, all score cards will be entered into a free prize draw to win a brand new S410 Superlite, plus kit, worth more than £800.
The main airgun ranges are being run once more by the Airgun Training and Education Organisation (ATEO). Qualified coaches and airgun experts will be available throughout the weekend, allowing you to try out the latest products from top names including; Air Arms, BSA, Game, Daystate, Brocock, Weihrauch, Crosman and FX, among others, before heading over to key retailers to buy your favourite.
ATEO organiser David Mills is expecting interest from young and old alike and said: “We regularly attract children aged as young as three to our stand, wanting to have their first positive experience with an air rifle. Not only do we teach them how to shoot, but we also discuss safety and the law with every child. Our stand provides an invaluable resource for the sport of shooting.” The ranges will also allow shooters to try out different types of airgun, from traditional, spring-powered break-barrels to the latest pre-charged pneumatic models.
PRICES AND OFFERS
Advance adult tickets cost £22.50. Child tickets cost £8.00. Accompanied children aged 8 and under are free. Members of the Country Land & Business Association, National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, Countryside Alliance or Kennel Club are entitled to a promotional rate and all members of the British Association of Shooting & Conservation are entitled to complimentary entry for all three days.
For more information, visit: www. thegamefair.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ TheGameFair.
Below: Try before you buy!
Above: There’s plenty of advice, coaching and enjoyment for all at the Game Fair.
Above: Dedicated airgun facilities make Hatfield House the place to be this July.