21 July 2014

Visitors flocked to the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace to enjoy the best that the countryside has to offer. The event, a Celebration of the Great British Countryside, ran from Friday 18 July to Sunday 20 July.

Tony Wall, CLA Game Fair Interim Director, said: “The 2014 CLA Game Fair has been a fantastic success with huge crowds enjoying the celebration of the Great British countryside.  We have had three great days at the stunning Blenheim Palace filled with country sports, debates on rural issues, food and drink, horses and hounds, arts and sculpture, children’s activities and shopping.”

Browne & Daughters, a Kingston Lisle based small business which specializes in vintage-inspired British women's clothing designed made in England, was one of many Oxfordshire-based exhibitors at the show.

Browne & Daughters Head of Design & Production Fiona Browne said: “We have exhibited at the CLA Game Fair because it is a fantastic show with great footfall, a unique opportunity to showcase our products. There is a real variety of people here with so many different hobbies, pastimes and jobs, so the show helps us to connect with a wider audience. Business has been very good and we have had a lot of interest in particular through featuring our clothing in the CLA Game Fair’s Country Catwalk.”

Highlights of the CLA Game Fair 2014 included:

  • Equestrian Sunday, including the popular and exciting equine competition Express Eventing which was won by Fiona Hobby from Marlborough. The spectacular, fast-moving event saw 16 top horses and riders compete over one day in the three eventing disciplines of dressage, cross country and showjumping.
  • The Totally Food Show, including the CLA Game Chef of the Year, in association with The Field magazine, competition which was won by Guy Patterson, 26, from Dilham in Norfolk. The competition was designed to find an unrecognised chef who enjoys cooking with game meats and embraces the Great British Countryside through their food. The semi-finals and finals took place in front of a live audience at the CLA Game Fair, judged by a panel of Mike Robinson – owner of the Pot Kiln in Berkshire and the Michelin-starred Harwood Arms in London – Charlie Thomas of the CLA Game Fair team, and Jonathan Young, editor of The Field.
  • A hotly contested Polo Match between teams from the Blenheim Estate and the Gentleman’s Journal which was won by the Gentleman’s Journal in front of hundreds of spectators.
  • A visit by the newly-appointed Environment Secretary Liz Truss, and a series of debates on rural issues featuring political leaders Farming Minister George Eustice, Labour Shadow Environment Minister Huw Irranca-Davies and UKIP leader Nigel Farage. For more, click here.
  • ‘Walk a Country Mile’ guided walks through the estate’s ancient woodland with Alan Titchmarsh, JB Gill from JLS, and former England rugby player Phil Vickery. Walk a Country Mile’ is being held in aid of National Countryside Week (13-20 July 2014), which aims to raise awareness of the importance of the countryside to the UK. The campaign is run by The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which gives grants to projects that help support the people who care for the British countryside.
  • The City Shots Competition, won by the London Shooting Club. The teams were required to shoot two flushes of 50 clays each in an intense test of accuracy at speed. The winning team from the London Shooting Club, which was made up of Cheryl Hall, Amy Easeman, Phil Easeman and Steve Jones, was presented with the trophy by John Bidwell, seven times Sporting World Champion.