09 July 2014

Next week will see more than 150,000 people head to Blenheim Palace from across the globe for the CLA Game Fair, a three day celebration of the Great British countryside.

Blenheim Palace will host the biggest event in the country calendar from 18-20 July. The event is held at a country estate each year and this will be the fifth time it has been hosted at Blenheim Palace, the last time was in 2011.

The event will showcase the best of the British countryside, including:

  • The final of the Game Chef of the Year competition (in association with The Field magazine).
  • Cookery demonstrations by renowned chefs including Valentine Warner and Mike Robinson.
  • Popular equine competition Express Eventing, with competitors including Sam Griffiths (Badminton winner 2014) and Lucinda Fredericks
  • The British Championship of the lumberjack sport STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®.
  • Competitions and displays in fishing, clay shooting, and working dogs.
  • A top level polo match, free to watch, Saturday evening 6.30pm.
  • Talks from celebrities including, Adam Henson, John Craven and Simon King.
  • Guided walks through the estate’s ancient woodland with TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh, former England rugby captain Phil Vickery and singer JB Gill from boyband JLS in support of the ‘Walk a Country Mile’ campaign launched by the Prince’s Countryside Fund.
  • Countryside-themed catwalk shows.

CLA Game Fair Director Tony Wall said: “The 2014 CLA Game Fair is going to be a fantastic celebration of the Great British countryside, full of the best in rural and equestrian sports and equipment, country clothing, food and entertainment. As well as the competitions, talks and displays, there are more than 55,000 square metres of trade stands for shopping, eating and to talk with the experts in their fields.

“Preparations on site have been going very well, and we are looking forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors from around the world when the CLA Game Fair opens on Friday 18th July.”

The CLA Game Fair has worked closely with local authorities and the Thames Valley Police to create a traffic plan that will help to minimise congestion as people travel to and from Blenheim Palace.

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