All you need to know about Game Fair 2018: Your essential guide

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In just a few days’ time, GWCT will be heading to Ragley Hall, Warwickshire for the 60th Game Fair (July 27th to July 29th).

Our stand number E422 is in a prominent place – opposite the event’s flagship Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre – and we will be selling delicious bacon sandwiches and hot/cold drinks throughout the three days.

We’ll be kicking things off with our renowned press breakfast on Friday at 8am, with a high-profile list of journalists set to attend from The Times, Shooting Times, Shooting Gazette, Sporting Shooter, Sporting Gun and The Field.

They will hear presentations on the following topics;

  • Our latest publication The Knowledge and accredited game shot certificate – Director of communications Andrew Gilruth
  • Shoot Benchmarking results 2017-18 – head of advisory Roger Draycott and Savills’ David Steel
  • A collection of nine case studies complied in a book called Working Conservationists – Staff writer Joe Dimbleby

To mark the event’s 60th anniversary, Game Fair organisers have decided to put on a special 60-gun salute in the Brewin Dolphin Main Arena in which Andrew Gilruth has been invited to take part.

As ever, the GWCT will be playing its part in the entertainment at the much-loved Game Fair Theatre.

Our new chairman Sir Jim Paice, who has recently succeeded Ian Coghill, is on the planel for a debate called ‘Too many Birds does gameshooting have a problem with big bag days?’ on Saturday at 10am. He will be joined by Shooting Times editor Patrick Galbraith, Mark Osborne from William Powell and MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Simon Hart.

This is followed by a brand-new idea that we are launching at Game Fair. Following the publication of our new book The Knowledge and our gun test certificate, we are hosting a Who Wants to be a Conservationaire quiz.

There are four not-to-be missed shows taking part on Saturday 11am and 3.30pm and Sunday 12pm and 2.30pm, with Charlie Jacoby acting as quizmaster.

Sporting Gun editor Matt Clark and Tim Weston from National Gamekeepers’ Organisation have signed up as contestants but there are still two places available. If you’d like to take part, please email press officer Joel Holt jholt@gwct.org.uk ASAP so he can send you a copy of the book ahead of the event.

Our involvement doesn’t stop there!

We will also be launching our 2017 fisheries report, with fisheries scientist Will Beaumont on hand to answer any questions you have about the report. He will be alongside our team of advisors who will also be delighted to answer your queries as well as Dave Butler from Perdix Wildlife who will display and talk about the use of traps.

Photographer Jon Farmer will be taking pictures on Friday and there will be unlimited Wi-Fi, kindly supplied by Stephen Roberts of C&R Technology.

At the back of the stand we will be serving bacon rolls in the morning. Tea/coffee and soft drinks will also be available for members and their guests. We will be taking card this year as well as cash. There will be tables and chairs where members can sit in our garden.

We shall have sun cream and a light medical kit in case of emergencies but please remember to stay hydrated and protected as the heatwave continues!

Opening times:

Friday – 6am to 7.30pm

Saturday - 6am to 6pm

Sunday – 6am to 6pm

Tickets can be bought online at www.thegamefair.org

We look forward to seeing you all there. 


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