Sandringham Game & Country Fair, Sep 07 to Sep 08, 2013
The Sandringham Game and Country Fair is now in its 7th year and it just gets better. This year sees new attractions added to some old favourites.
The Sandringham fair has three entertaining arenas with all day displays, competitions and top country demonstrations to enjoy, just take a look at this.
Falconry, thrilling scurry racing, graceful heavy horses, chefs on stage, sumptuous food & drink, working gundogs and family fun dog shows, hilarious sheepdog and duck displays, popular lurcher and terrier events, free fishing 'Have a Go' sessions and there's more! Rural art and crafts, clay shooting, archery, chainsaw carving and endless shopping opportunities await with country clothing, shooting accessories, gundog equipment, home & garden and some wonderful food and drink from local and regional producers.
Gundogs are a big part of the Sandringham Estate history, so at Sandringham the finals of the gundog multiscurry take place along with several other dog events including; the working gundog retriever test & scurry, run by Bill Meldrum (former gundog trainer to HM the Queen) and lurcher racing finals with a Red Mills 1000 guineas prize.
Other attractions include the falconry village, with many of the UK's native birds of prey, along with some exotic visitors from far afield. It is a wonderful and memorable experience. Beautifully restored steam engines, stationary engines and a wide selection of vintage vehicles, the craft village complete with a working demonstration area, food glorious food where chefs cook up a variety of tasty and healthy dishes and demonstrate how to cook game. All in a day out at Sandringham.
If that’s all too much, take time to relax in the Piazza with its British favourites, tasty treats and healthy options.
Open 10.00am - 6.00pm daily
Adults £11.00 Oaps £10.00 Children £4.00 under 5s free
Sandringham Park, Sandringham, Norfolk, PE35 6EN
Marvel at the beauty of the majestic Birds of Prey at the Falconry Village. They swoop to conquer!
The vibrancy of the The Falconry Village stands out. A multitude of native and worldwide Birds of Prey gathered together, just waiting for their chance to fly!
The Falconry Village has two aims; To give visitors the thrill of spectacular flying displays, creating memories to last a lifetime! To create a wonderful area where visitors meet the world of falconry, where they can enjoy and explore all aspects of falconry including health, welfare and legal issues.
The ever popular Dog Zone is fun, fast and furious! Every dog and every owner is sure to find something to join in with, watch and thoroughly enjoy.
Dog events are an important part of Living Heritage's fairs, so quite a few dog events and demonstrations are held at each Fair. Every dog and every owner should find something of interest, from simply seeking advice or watching specialist demonstrations, to entering a pet dog into the Fun Dog Show.
For more competitive dogs and owners, taking part in the pedigree dog shows or Lurcher racing or Chase the Bunny (pure fun) or working tests or the Gundog Multiscurry should fit the bill!
Exceptional tuition, competiton and 'Have a Go' sessions at every country fair. Target field sports are fun and waiting to be enjoyed!
Target Field Sports are traditionally associated with hunting and pest control, although nowadays, the sports are mostly done for fun.
At Living Heritage Game and Country Fairs, visitors are welcome to come have have a go at all of the target sports on the day. As well as beginners, the more experienced can enter a series of competitions. (see local press for details)
Experience the timeless beauty of these individually hand-carved sculptures which are crafted at many of the shows this year. Carvings are available to buy and if you do, they create a lasting impression in your home, conservatory or garden.
Crafts have always been present at the fairs, originally as a small craft area, and has been built up over the years to include specialist demonstrations areas such as glassblowing, rural skills, Blacksmiths and chainsaw carving. Today, the craft area is a show within a show. An integral part of the fairs.
Food Glorious Food showcases some of the best local and regional produce in the culinary market place today. Now a main feature at each fair - Food Glorious Food is accompanied by local and national retailers.
Angling is one of the most popular sports and pastimes. Its popularity has increased over the years and people of all ages and walks of life enjoy the many different types of fishing available in the UK today.
Several special attractions are included at every fair in 2011. The performers and displays booked in to appear as specialist attractions is a breathtaking variety of acts. Each fair has its own set of specialist attractions to watch.
Witness dare devil stunts, dog handling with a difference, lawn mower racing, countryside skills, fabulous marching bands and lots more besides.
The Vintage Vehicle Section covers a wide variety of vintage vehicles and machinery. From classic cars and bikes to impressive Steam Engines, Tractors, Miniatures and Stationary Engines. All of which were great inventions of their time, well thought of and have been cherished and looked after by enthusiasts for generations.
Clubs and Associations display these wonderful vehicles and machinery at a number of local events.
The House Built in 1870 by the Prince and Princess of Wales, later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, Sandringham was once described as 'the most comfortable house in England'. It has been passed down as a private home through four generations of British monarchs and is now the country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
The main ground floor rooms, regularly used by the Royal Family, are open to the public and the decor and contents remain very much as they were in Edwardian times. Both Queen Alexandra and later Queen Mary were great collectors of objets d'art hence the profusion of porcelain, jade and crystal oriental figures. Members of the Russian and European Royal Families were frequent guests at Sandringham and brought gifts of enamel, silver and silver-gilt: Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany gave a fine Dresden porcelain chandelier and mirror frame. Furniture was commissioned from the London firm of Holland & Sons by the Prince and Princess of Wales. The walls are hung with family portraits by the leading contemporary court painters: Heinrich von Angeli, Sir Luke Fildes, Franz Winterhalter and Edward Hughes. An important collection of oriental arms and armour is housed at Sandringham, brought back from the Far East and India in 1876.
Sandringham Park, Sandringham, Norfolk, PE35 6EN
By Car: Sandringham is 6 miles north-east of King's Lynn and is signposted from the A148 Fakenham road and the A149 Hunstanton road.
Satellite Navigation: Please follow the Game & Country Signs and not the satnav postcode directions as these will take you to the Estate Visitor Centre.
By Train to King's Lynn: First Capital Connect run trains to King's Lynn Railway Station Tel: 08457 48 49 50 http://www.qjump.co.uk
By Bus to King's Lynn: National Express run coaches to King's Lynn Bus Station Tel: 08705 80 80 80 http://www.gobycoach.com
By Bus from King's Lynn:
Bus number 11 from King's Lynn Bus Station Tel: 01553 776980 (Norfolk Green)
The bus stop for Sandringham is at the Sandringham Visitor Centre