Game fair sets sight on Harewood estate

21/4/15    Charlotte Bligh (left) and Rebecca Welti (corr) from the CLA carry a canoe down to the lake in front of Harewood House , for a preview day for the  CLA Game Fair which will be held at harewood House later in the year. (GL1005/63b)
21/4/15 Charlotte Bligh (left) and Rebecca Welti (corr) from the CLA carry a canoe down to the lake in front of Harewood House , for a preview day for the CLA Game Fair which will be held at harewood House later in the year. (GL1005/63b)

The first shots were fired at Harewood House on Tuesday as the countdown to what is billed as the world’s largest country sports event started in earnest.

Archery, kayaking and all sorts of timber sports were among the country pursuits demonstrated by the organisers of the Country Land and Business Association’s (CLA) Game Fair, with guests invited along to the historic setting of this year’s fair to have a go at some of its core activities.

More than 140,000 people are expected to visit the Game Fair between Friday, July 31 and Sunday, August 2, at the country estate which the CLA says will generate in excess of £30million for the regional and wider rural economy.

This year will be the first time the event has been staged in Yorkshire since 2003.

Dorothy Fairburn, regional director for the CLA in the North, said: “The Game Fair is a great day out for all the family and an opportunity to have a go at all sorts of sports that you might not usually have a chance to try.”

Among those at Harewood on Tuesday was Terri-Ann Prendegast, a budding 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Scarborough, who was invited along as a guest of The Prince’s Trust - the Fair’s official charity partner.

Miss Prendegast, who overcame poor health during her earlier years, was at a low ebb after a series of family bereavements and being made redundant from an acting job, but with the Trust’s help has gone on to launch a business which sees her sing at care homes, pubs and music festivals.

Attractions to be featured at the game fair will include the art of fly tying with the Fly Dressers Guild taking centre stage to provide free advice to beginners through to seasoned professionals.

Youngsters will be able to tie their first fly, with one-to-one tuition from the FDG experts and there will be a daily competition to win prizes.

Organisers of the Game Fair announced that the sporting dogs pavilion is set to return to the 2015 CLA Game Fair with up to 30 different breeds of working dogs, from golden retrievers to French water dogs, on show.

For more information, tickets, and to book camping places, visit: www.gamefair.co.uk.