Ten family tickets to the East Anglian Game and Country Fair to be won
The 2012 East Anglian Game and Country Fair, in association with the EDP and Fine & Country, takes place on the weekened of April 28-29 at the Norfolk Showground, and this year there will be more new attractions, demonstrations and stands for visitors to enjoy.
Exhibitor avenues have been extended to accommodate a new gardening and conservation area with various demonstrations and workshops taking place by local experts. Tim Marshall, Head Gardener at Holkham Hall will be running a gardeners' question time and a plant propagation workshop will demonstrate how visitors can produce their own new and healthy plants for free.
This year's show also features the EcoVillage, an area dedicated for sustainable and ethical companies promoting green living - from from renewable energy to cars to skin care to garden furniture.
New arena displays include the UK Polocrosse Association, the British Racing School, sheep racing, tug of war competitions run by the British Tug of War Federation and Australian horseman Jason Webb with his horse behavioural workshops.
Around the showground, other new attractions include the UK National Horseboarding Championship – the most exciting equine sport around that is attracting interest from around the globe. Each team consists of a horse, a horse rider and a board rider, and teams race over a 100m drag strip with speeds reaching over 37mph. Running the series over seven events, covering the length and breadth of the country, the Extreme Horseriding Association is predicting a spectacular display of skill and courage in 2012. The 2012 Horseboarding Championship season will begin at the East Anglian Game and Country Fair in April.
Woodland Ways Bushcraft & Survival, one of the largest bushcraft course providers in the UK, will be demonstrating their vast knowledge of bushcraft and survival techniques. They will also be running 'Pigeon Plucking' competitions on their stand over the weekend. Find out how quickly you can prepare a pigeon for the table without using a knife.
Norfolk Poultry Club will be attending with their exhibition of pure-bred poultry, waterfowl and eggs and Norfolk Smallholders will be running smallholding talks and question time on their stand.
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On the Saturday, watch the Young Farmers MacNab Challenge, sponsored by BASC, Honda, EASI and Morton ATV of Great Massingham. The day will begin with a team of four from each Young Farmers Club fly fishing, followed by a Honda quad transfer during which their all-terrian vehicle handling skills will be tested, to the shooting area where they will try to bag a brace of grouse with laser shooting, before another quad handling test on their way to an archery challenge, all under the guidance and advice of experienced professionals. Young Farmers' club members who are interested in entering should contact Morton ATV on 01485 520 828.
Arena events include six-times FITASC world champion shooter John Bidwell who will be performing his off-the-hip shooting demonstration, leading UK freestyle mountain bike stunt team Savage Skills, plus owl displays, horse logging and West Norfolk Hunt's horse and hound parade.
Youngsters will be excited to join in with the new 'explore, experience and learn' section of the show, where they will be able to make pine cone bird feeders, create butterfly and bat shapes with North Norfolk District Council and the Woodland Trust, and making flowers, dragonflies and fat balls with the RSPB. Other stands include Active Norfolk, Welly Wanging, Tug of War, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, BeWILDerwood, farm animals and the Seal and Bird Rescue Trust who will be bringing their snakes and lizards enclosure. And Norwich City Community Sports Foundation will be returning with their inflatable Speed Kick machine.
You can try a range of country activities from clay shooting with John Bidwell's High Lodge instructors or enter the 40-bird re-entry shooting competitio. There is also fly fishing with the Salmon and Trout Association, ferret racing, archery, mountain boarding, power-kiting, off-road Land Rover riding, helicopter pleasure flights and a free treasure trail around the show.
The Game Fair Country Kitchen has a great new line up with a variety of cookery workshops and demonstrations taking place over the weekend from a selection of local chefs, including Chris Coubrough, Franck Pontais and Sam Bryant (Stratton's Hotel) plus many more. A wide variety of exhibitors will be in the food hall from Norfolk and across the UK bringing unusual and mouthwatering food and drink to the show for visitors to sample, enjoy and purchase. There are over 300 shopping stands with a wide variety of products, live music from the Sheringham Shantymen and the Glenmoriston Pipe Band plus the main bar will be serving a great selection of local beers and drinks over the weekend, and there is a barbecue night on the Saturday with live music from Lee Vasey.
Dogs on leads are welcome and there is plenty for them to do at the show! Dock Dogs from America will be returning running the Big Air Wave competitions. Mid Norfolk Gun Dog Club will be running the Gun Dog Scurry competitions and 'have a go' over the weekend. Enter your dog into the dog agility and jumping competitions, the Pet Dog Show or the popular Terrier and Lurcher Show (Sunday, 11am. A dog cr�che is also available at the show run by Samsalin Dog Rescue.
Advance discounted admission tickets are available now online at www.ukgamefair.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotline number 0871 230 1102 (calls cost 10p per minute from a BT landline plus standard network charges.). Prices: adult �10, ages 5-16 �4, family �27 (two adults, three children). Offers valid until April 22 and a small booking fee applies. Under fives and car parking is free. Prices on the gate: adult �14, ages 5-16 �5, family �38.
Become a member of the show for only �21 per adult and enjoy prioritised admission plus extra privileges and entry into the member's enclosure. Bespoke by the Crown at Woodbridge will be providing fantastic breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas in the enclosure. See www.ukgamefair.co.uk for further details and to book online. Membership tickets, gift packages and experience days are also available to book online, or call 01263 735 828 for more information.
Show organisers are also offering weekend camping for �89 which includes admission to the show both days for up to four people (adults or children), including up to three nights camping! Just bring your caravan, camper or tent. Well behaved pets are welcome too. VIP camping weekend breaks are also available – see www.ukgamefair.co.uk for more information.
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How to enter:
The EDP has 10 family tickets to give away. To be in with a chance of winning one of these, answer the following question correctly -
Which exciting equine sport begins it season at the East Anglian Game and Country Fair?
A) Pony trotting
B) Donkey derby
Click the link at the top of the next column to enter.
Terms and conditions:
This competition closes at noon on Friday March 30. Standard Archant competition rules apply - follow the Terms & Conditions link on this website.