In light of the rapidly evolving Covid-19 outbreak, The Game Fair announced that the festival of the great British countryside will now take place on Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September 2020 at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire.
The 62nd year event will showcase popular country pursuits such as gundog handling, clay shooting, archery, fishing, falconry and ferreting.
The Game Fair’s managing director, James Gower, commented: “We continue to be positive and focussed on planning an amazing celebration of the countryside. We will use this extra time to develop the traditional game fair activities, but also to support the countryside community.”
Speaking from his home at Ragley Hall, Lord Hertford commented: “The house and grounds at Ragley have had a varied and resilient past. Ragley served as a hospital in the last World War and went through a rigorous restoration period in the 1950s when my father brought Ragley back from a point of terrible repair to the estate you see today. Ragley is used to challenges which is why we are ready to support The Game Fair in its choice to move to new dates in September. My family and I are looking forward to the event. It will be a much-needed lifeline to businesses and the local economy.”
BASC CEO, Ian Bell stated “BASC fully supports the difficult decision that has been taken by The Game Fair’s officials under challenging circumstances. We are confident the event in September will provide a much-needed life-line for rural businesses and something to look forward to for the many thousands of visitors that will be expected to attend.
“As a key partner, BASC will be at Ragley Hall in full force and we look forward to catching up with our members, who will still receive complimentary admission on each day of the event.”