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