Lancashire Game and Country Festival to return

Posted on - 7th September, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Garstang, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston, Wyre News
Pic: Lancashire Game and Country Festival

Lancashire residents are to enjoy a range of country, culinary and sporting activities as the Game and Country Festival returns next weekend.

On 10 and 11 September, guests will enjoy a dog show on Saturday, with shows and races on Sunday for lurchers, terriers and whippets, and Gundog Scurries running across the weekend at Woodacre Lodge Farm, Hazelhead Lane, Scorton, Preston.

Visitors can try clay shooting with Blackpool Sporting Clays or fly fishing with the team from GAIA. In the main arena, the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy will show off falconry skills, and the Dog and Duck Show will offer insights into sheepdog training and animal behaviour.

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Pic: Lancashire Game and Country Festival

Organiser Craig Whittingham said: “Last year’s show attracted the biggest crowds we’ve ever seen and has given rise to massive interest from exhibitors and participants this year.

“Since we started the festival seven years ago, it has doubled in size, which I think is a real testament to people’s increasing appetite for, and interest in, country sports and lifestyles.”

Other not-to-be-missed attractions over the weekend include the Ferretworld Roadshow and the Vale of Lune Harriers.

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Pic: Lancashire Game and Country Festival

As well as local artisans’ produce to sample and buy, the festival’s Food Theatre is to be hosted by TV’s Gary ‘The Cooking Cowboy’ McClure and features demonstrations by Honeywell’s Farm Shop, Hadrian’s Game Larder, and Black Powder Gin.

In addition, Gary is hosting a special sausage-making session for 5-11 year-olds on Saturday at 10.45am, with dedicated junior competitions, sections and prizes on offer.

Horse classes include turned-out working hunters, heavy horses, ridden horses, ponies and their riders. In vehicles, this year, the festival offers one of the first chances to view the new and much-talked-about INEOS Grenadier 4X4, and there is a varied selection of Subarus and Ssangyongs.

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It will also include all the top brands, with trade stands offering a selection of exclusive and one-off country wear and products, quality sporting gear, tweeds, cashmere, wool and leather, and sporting art and country accessories.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £8 for 10 to 16-year-olds, with under-10s free. There is ‘ample’ free parking and an option to camp over with live Saturday night music.

There are also limited VIP tickets at £50 per person, with a fizz reception and gourmet lunch prepared by chefs from Garstang’s Wyrebank, served in an exclusive marquee by the main arena.

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