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Photo gallery: Falconry, ferrets and fly casting at Henham Park Game and Country Fair

PUBLISHED: 17:36 15 March 2015 | UPDATED: 17:42 15 March 2015

Henham Game and Country Fair. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Henham Game and Country Fair. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2015

It was a celebration of all things countryside, from scurry driving to ferret racing and everything in between.

It was a celebration of all things countryside, from scurry driving to ferret racing and everything in between.

And the Henham Park Game and Country Fair attracted fans of all ages and their four-legged friends who took part in a weekend of country pursuits.

Co-organiser Marge Needham said: “It was a lovely show, and a lovely venue - I had people coming up to me saying what a brilliant weekend it was.

“It’s so nice for families as well. They can come to the show and there are lots of free things for the children to have a go at, and if they want to treat themselves there are lots of nice stands and stalls to browse.”

Family favourites of the weekend included horseboarding, where a rider on a horse tows a competitor on a mountain board attached to the horse’s saddle, and fun dog shows, where the audience was invited to take part.

Among them was Lewis Bedding, nine, from Freethorpe who came second in the junior handler category with his boxer-springer spaniel cross Jess.

“It was fun,” he said. “She behaved pretty well and I’ve never got a rosette before.

“I did some clay pigeon shooting and I really liked the owls.”

Entrants paid £1.50 to enter classes including most handsome dog, waggiest tail and fastest Bonio eater, with all proceeds going to Norfolk-based animal sanctuary Pact.

Martin Brock of Ferrets 2000 was also displaying some of his rescue ferrets at the show.

Mr Brock, 69, came from Middlesex to be part of the event, organised by Living Heritage to educate people about ferrets as working animals and pets.

“It’s nice for people to meet the ferrets and understand more about them,” he said.

“We do shows all over the country to raise money to help pay for the ferrets and we had a lot of people enjoy the ferret racing over the weekend.”

Spectators also tried out clay pigeon shooting with the Muzzle Loaders Association of Great Britain, led by shotgun secretary Martin Crix, 50, from Woodbridge.

“It’s great because people can come and have a go at it, even if they’ve never shot a gun before,” he said. “You only really see it at these events.”

Other highlights of the weekend included gun dog working tests, dog agility shows, a hamster display, angling, casting and archery.

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