Here are just some of the attractions on offer for airgunners at this year’s Game Fair
Events, products and all the latest from the world of airgunning
This year’s Game Fair, which is being held from Friday the 28th to Sunday 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 – as well as meeting the editors of Air Gunner and Airgun World, of course.
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 Sussexbased manufacturer will also be offering visitors the chance to enter the highly 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 again 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. 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 (PCP) models.
Other attractions that will interest airgunners include The Kitchen Theatre. This year, the Cookery Theatre has been overhauled to include stories from the food producers themselves. So, if chef José Souto is giving a talk about rabbits and pigeons, expect the airgunner who harvested the game to be on stage too, explaining the story of the hunt. There’ll also be a Chef’s Table and bar so that the audience can fully relax when watching the cookery demonstrations. Continuing on the foodie theme, The Gregg Wallace Shot to Pot Restaurant is returning again this year. The rustic menu features a number of game dishes, plus Gregg will be mingling with diners on the Saturday and Sunday of the show.
Hatfield House is the place to be for this year’s Game Fair
Lots of instruction, opportunity and good old-fashioned fun will be on offer at the Game Fair