Sum­mer’s main event

Don’t miss the an­gling ex­trav­a­ganza at The 2017 Game Fair, Hat­field House, Hert­ford­shire on July 28-30 (Fri­day-sun­day)

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25 pairs of tick­ets to the Game Fair to be won

THE ALL-NEW Fish­ing Vil­lage at the Game Fair will boast a su­perb range of stands to meet the needs of all an­gling en­thu­si­asts. There’ll be plenty of cast­ing com­pe­ti­tions, celebrity talks, demon­stra­tions by ex­perts, tu­ition and have-a-go events. At the cen­tre of the vil­lage are eight fish­ing lodges, hosted by key an­gling or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing Orvis, the Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Shoot­ing & Con­ser­va­tion, The An­gling Trust and a range of des­ti­na­tion an­gling com­pa­nies. The lodges repli­cate a French fish­ing lake and lodge, and will be given away this year by The Times in con­junc­tion with The Game Fair and Orvis. All the ex­hibits over­look two cast­ing pools, on which vis­i­tors will be able to try rods be­fore they buy, and where there will be demon­stra­tions by top names such as Charles Jar­dine, Hy­wel Mor­gan, Scott Mackenzie and many more. A spe­cial fly-ty­ing area sup­ported by Ve­niard will of­fer vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to watch amaz­ing ty­ing skills and the chance to pick up use­ful ad­vice from an ex­pert panel. An­tique tackle ex­pert Vic­tor Bonutto will be show­cas­ing a range of arte­facts in­clud­ing a salmon fly-box used by Ed­ward VII and in­for­ma­tion on a rod and reel com­mis­sioned for Prime Min­is­ter Neville Cham­ber­lain to com­mem­o­rate his ef­forts in avert­ing a World War in 1938. Vic­tor will also be car­ry­ing out an­tique tackle val­u­a­tions on his stand and in The Game Fair Theatre, so if you have an item you would like val­ued, bring it along. The vil­lage is built by the pic­turesque Broad­wa­ter, part of the River Lea. The area can be ac­cessed by a walk­way through a beau­ti­ful glade and wood­land or via a ded­i­cated road train. The Bri­tish Fly Cast­ing Club will be run­ning daily cast­ing com­pe­ti­tions. There will be qual­i­fy­ing events every day for the Sun­day fi­nals, with lots of prizes, in­clud­ing fish­ing with Charles Jar­dine, cus­tom-made rods and salmon fish­ing on the Tyne with an­gling celebrity James Stokoe. For those itch­ing to try their hand at fish­ing, there will be an ex­ten­sive havea-go and tu­ition area down by the river, run by Na­tional Fish­ing Month. This will cover coarse-, lure- and fly-fish­ing, in­clud­ing cast­ing taster ses­sions. Fi­nally, don’t miss The Game Fair Theatre, where there will be talks hosted by Martin Sal­ter and Keith El­liott dis­cussing “Hi­malayan mon­sters”, Charles Jar­dine, Alex Jar­dine and Lewis Hen­drie, plus an an­tique tackle spot, and Wayne Mcgee on fish­ing in Alaska.

TICK­ETS

Ad­vance adult tick­ets, £22.50; chil­dren, £8. Ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren aged eight and un­der go free. Mem­bers of the Coun­try Land and Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, Na­tional Game­keep­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Coun­try­side Al­liance or Ken­nel Club are en­ti­tled to a pro­mo­tional rate. Mem­bers of the Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Shoot­ing and Con­ser­va­tion are en­ti­tled to com­pli­men­tary en­try for all three days. Find out more at thegame­fair.org

So much to do: shop, meet and take part at hun­dreds of stands, in­clud­ing the Fish­ing Vil­lage.

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