Horses, shopping and champagne all in one place? No, it’s not the Horse Trials, it’s the Burghley Game and Country Fair.

If you can’t wait until September to get your horse fix, head to the Burghley Game and Country Fair (May 30th – 31st 2010) which has plenty for lovers of all things equestrian. From Mounted Games to Heavy Horse Logging, there’s plenty to see. But Burghley isn’t just about horses this time. It’s also about the best of locally produced food and crafts, lashings of champagne and plenty of pimms for those with one eye on their wallets. And if that’s not enough, it’s got a plethora of country sports for you to try, from quiet pleasures such as angling to the high octane thrill of the Multi-Scurry Gun Dog Challenge.
Head over to the Falconry Village where you can meet a host of stunning birds of prey including sakers, hawks, eagles, vultures and even an owl or two. Get close to the birds and enjoy a spectacular flying demonstration that’s definitely not to be missed. Bigger pets such as dogs needn’t feel left out. Over in the Dog Zone, you’ll have the chance to enter your dog for the hilarious Fun Dog Show as well as enjoy the precise skills of the Border Collies in the Working Dog Demonstration. Don’t worry if Fido’s only talent is sitting around and looking pretty; there’s also a prize for cutest dog!
For a taste of real country, look no further than the shooting range where you’ll find clay pigeon shooting and archery demonstrations, with the High Lodge Shooting School’s John Bidwell on hand to offer expert tips. The Angling Trust and the Salmon and Trout Association will be nearby if you fancy getting involved with something a bit more relaxing, while rod maker, Peter Johnson, will be giving demonstrations in the ancient craft of rod making. If you want to have a go, then look out for the ‘Learn How To’ attraction which gives you the chance to take advantage of a free 20 minute tutorial in a variety of country sports including angling and falconry.
Of course Burghley is famous for its equestrian sports, so head to the main arena to enjoy Multi-Scurry races, Mounted Games and a demonstration of Heavy Horse Logging. If you need a few nibbles to enjoy while watching the action, head to the ‘Food Glorious Food’ marquee to pick up some gorgeous grub. Some of Britain’s top chefs will be on hand to show you how it’s done, while the regional food tent will showcase some of the finest food that Lincolnshire’s food producers can make. From sausage making to artisan cheeses and the opportunity to taste local beers and wine, there’s something to suit even the fussiest eaters! Look out for the Game To Eat chefs who are appearing on stage in the Country Kitchen. They’ll show visitors how to prepare and cook game, including Pheasant and Venison.
After the hustle and bustle of the main arena, a stroll around the Craft Marquee and country shopping area is the perfect way to relax and pick up a few souvenirs. Featuring some of Britain’s best arts and crafts specialists, and with the chance to see some of the nationally selected artists, designers and craftsman in action, the Craft Village will give you plenty of food for thought. Demonstrations include glass-blowing, knitting, coppice skills, chainsaw carving and a blacksmith competition. With everything from pure beeswax candles to fabulous country fashion and pretty pottery from over 200 specialist stall holders on offer, the show’s shopping areas have plenty to get excited about.
Why we love Burghley
• The beautiful Elizabethan house and grounds are stunning and well worth a post-show look.
• Support local Lincolnshire food producers in the ‘Food Glorious Food’ tent
• Give your love of all things equestrian free-rein at the main arena where you’ll find scurries, mounted games and heavy horses
• Channel your inner Harry Potter and make friends with an owl in the Falconry Village
• Try your hand at archery or clay pigeon shooting. Just try not to hit a real one! /