get in­volved

The Field - - YOUNG IN THE FIELD -

As the big­gest sport­ing event of the sum­mer, there’s plenty to get in­volved with. If your dog is more scruff than scurry, en­ter The Game Fair’s re­gional heat of Scrufft’s Fam­ily Cross­breed Dog of the Year on Sun­day 30 July. There are six classes to choose from and en­try is just £2 per dog per class.

Thrillseek­ers should try Subaru’s 4x4 off-road ex­pe­ri­ence, in­volv­ing its Forester, Out­back and XV mod­els. You can also get be­hind the wheel of an Isuzu D-max Utah 4x4 dou­ble cab with a pro­fes­sional in­struc­tor and take to the chal­leng­ing, off-road course for free.

For ideas, opin­ion and in­spi­ra­tion, head to The Game Fair The­atre for meaty po­lit­i­cal de­bates, fascinating speak­ers and book sign­ings. Speak­ers in­clude Daryll Pleas­ants, who spe­cialises in train­ing dogs to help with anti-poach­ing ef­forts in Africa, and Ge­off Dann, the UK’S lead­ing ex­pert on fungi.

If you have the smalls in tow, visit John and Char­lotte Hill of CJ’S Birds of Prey to see a steppe ea­gle, saker fal­con and rare eastern chant­ing goshawk up close, among other birds. Or why not try archery with Strat­ford Archers, which is sure to ig­nite some com­pet­i­tive spirit.

When you need to take a break, head to the Gregg Wal­lace Shot to Pot restau­rant for the best scoff around. Al­ways a favourite, the 400cover restau­rant will be serv­ing a “farm to fork” menu, fea­tur­ing a num­ber of de­li­cious game dishes. Wal­lace will also be min­gling with din­ers on Satur­day and Sun­day, so look out for him for a chat over lunch.

There’s a great choice of foodie venues at The Game Fair, serv­ing de­li­cious food and re­fresh­ments

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