In our Countryside Arena at the Wiltshire Game and Country Fair, we focus on traditional countryside pursuits
Jonathan Marshall’s ‘Free Spirits Show’ is a unique display which combines ancient horsemanship skills with the medieval art of falconry. When married together and accompanied by beautiful music and costume this show becomes a spectacle like no other. The carefully choreographed performance is exciting, emotional and incredibly beautiful.
Costume and showmanship make this a display like no other and was recently featured on BBC1’s Countryfile and then repeated on their ‘best of ‘ edition.
Watch these stunning birds of prey as they swoop and soar above the Countryside Arena. Handled by some of the UK’s top falconers, Chris Neal, Ray Pickup and the team from the Falconry Centre. You will learn how they are flown, how they are used in pest control and sport, and you may even have the opportunity to come into the arena and fly one yourself.
Again, you are welcome to meet the birds afterwards and even have a go at flying one in the designated Falconry Marquee.
Gentle giants of a bygone era; watch them in action pulling the wagons and drays they used to pull, all dressed up in their finery. A fascinating demonstration, with an enthralling commentary from their very knowledgeable handlers.
Do come and meet them afterwards – they love the attention!
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.
Sherwood Jaguar Racing Team
In complete contrast and bringing some speed and style to the Countryside Arena, we have the sleek and beautiful racing cars of the Sherwood Jaguar Racing team showing you what they are capable of.
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.