In our Countryside Arena at the Essex Game and Country Fair, we focus on traditional countryside pursuits
Dressed in their finery, ready to show, this is a wonderful demonstration on how a shire horse used to work in the days of brewery drays and milk wagons. Hear about their traditional ‘look’ and how that comes together and do come and meet them afterwards.
Watch these stunning birds of prey as they swoop and soar above the Countryside Arena. Handled by some of the UK’s top falconers, under the leadership of Ben Long. You will learn how they are flown, and how they have been used in hunting since medieval times, then right through to the present day. You may even have the opportunity to come into the arena and fly one yourself.
Again, you are welcome to meet the birds afterwards in the designated Falconry Marquee.
Simon Whitehead, his lurcher and his team of ferrets will demonstrate how these little animals are used for the good of the countryside and farming world.
Simon is a true country man and shares a wealth of experience and understanding in this fascinating display.
We may be lacking in water in the Countryside Arena, but our angling experts Peter Johnson, Ian Kilgour and Barry Grantham will be welcoming young volunteers into the arena to learn about fly casting in this informative demonstration.
If this grabs your interest, head over to our angling marquee where you can book your own individual tuition, or ask any questions of our angling experts from Salmon & Trout Conservation UK or the Angling Trust.