Happy New Year! 2015 is a big year for us.

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Happy New Year to all of our Blog Followers and visitors. Here at British Country Sports we wish everyone a safe and most enjoyable country pursuits filled 2015.

2015 is a big year for us as in the coming months we will launch our Sporting Agency services.

BCS will provide complete bespoke shooting, fishing and other country sports packages for discerning clients especially catering for visitors to the UK looking for that special and unique British sporting experience.

Accommodation, domestic travel, shopping and sightseeing to suit everyone’s needs can be organised by our thoroughly professional and highly experienced staff.

Our team of game shooting and fishing coaches and guides is second to none guaranteeing our clients the optimum chances of excellent sporting days in the delightful British countryside. If you are new to UK styles of shooting or fishing our staff will discreetly coach and guide you every step of the way to ensure you get the maximum enjoyment and success out of your time with us.

If you are thinking of traveling to the UK and would like to experience some of the best shooting and fishing in the world, please get in touch with us so that we can work with you to tailor a sporting and travel package specifically for you and maybe your travelling party.

CLA Game Fair Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now

Early Bird tickets for next year’s CLA Game Fair at Harewood House are now on sale at 2014 prices. The organisers have also announced a number of exciting new features for 2015.

The CLA Game Fair 2015 will be held at Harewood House near Leeds in Yorkshire from Friday, 31 July until Sunday, 2 August with many great new features.

CLA Game Fair Early Bird Christmas Bonanza

CLA Game Fair ticketsThe CLA Game Fair is offering a Christmas Bonanza designed to appeal to the CLA Game Fair’s core visitors. Anyone booking during December 2014 can make considerable savings on the 2015 on-the-gate ticket prices, especially if they are buying several tickets at one time. Visitors booking early are also entered in a weekly prize draw to win a range of luxury high-end prizes.

Purchasers will be prompted to share their purchase on Facebook or Twitter where upon they will be entered into a prize draw throughout December to win high value prizes. Visitors can find out which prize is being offered each week by visiting the CLA Game Fair Facebook or Twitter pages.

The Great British Village

The Great British Village is the first new themed area to be introduced to the CLA Game Fair for several years and will add an exciting element of vitality to the event, billed as the Celebration of the Great British Countryside.

The Great British Village has been created to showcase the uniqueness, quality and variety of the Great British way of life and will include food and drink exhibitors, rural crafts, cultural traditions, entertainment, country pursuits, fashion and more.

The Picnic Lawn

The Picnic Lawn, which will be open each day of the three-day show, will be situated on the sloping grassland in front of historic Harewood House, which has a beautiful outlook over the estate, lake and showground itself.

Visitors will be able to choose from a range of luxury hampers featuring locally sourced British produce and drinks. Picnic blankets and picnic tables with umbrellas will be provided and of course dogs are providing they are kept on a lead.

The Great British Flavour

The 2015 Game Fair will feature a new competition, The Great British Flavour.  Visitors will have the opportunity to judge a range of British food and drink produce supplied by exhibitors attending the fair held in the Cookery Demonstration Theatre.

The Great British Flavour feature will include a daily afternoon session in the Cookery Demonstration Theatre where CLA Game Fair visitors will sample and judge a range of food and drink products. Visitors who would like to take part can apply via the CLA Game Fair website, with entries being accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Further information can be found on www.gamefair.co.uk.

Date for 2015 Shooting Times Woodcock Club Dinner Announced

Members of the Shooting Times Woodcock Club and their guests are again invited to join next year’s Dinner.

Shooting Times has announced that next year, the club will be holding its 31st Shooting Times Woodcock Club Dinner on Saturday, 28th March in Worcestershire and the stunning Italianate surroundings of the last of the great Palladian houses, Hagley Hall.

Home to the 12th Viscount Cobham, there has been a park at Hagley, near Stourbridge, since the reign of Edward III. The present landscape was created between 1747 and 1758 with follies designed by Lord Camelford, Thomas Pitt of Encombe, Henry Keene, James ‘Athenian’ Stuart, and Sanderson Miller. Horace Walpole, notoriously hard to please, wrote after a visit to the house in 1753 that ‘I wore out my eyes with gazing, my feet with climbing and my tongue and vocabulary with commending’. The house is truly impressive, with rich Rococo decoration, elaborate friezes and fine artworks making it one of the jewels of England’s 18th century stately homes — and as a venue for our Club dinner, it really is up there with the very best!

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To secure your tickets for what promises to be a superb evening, please contact Katharina Doyle on 020 3148 4741 or email katharina_doyle@ipcmedia.com.

Where or What Would You Choose to Shoot If It Was Your Last Day on Earth – Courtesy of GunsOnPegs

A Day of Driven Game Shooting with your canine friends - a good way to go out!

A Day of Driven Game Shooting with your canine friends – a good way to go out!

I have often been asked what my last meal would be if I had one more day left on earth. The answer is Roast Lamb with dauphinoise potatoes, green beans and a salsa verde sauce!

However, instead of a last meal, how would you spend your last day on earth? Would you go shooting? And if so what would you do?

Some members of The Gun Trade have given their thoughts to this question below:

James Horne (Director of GunsOnPegs)

“Definitely the opportunity to get a McNab with a couple of good friends. I’d be up very early to take the salmon first, then out on the moor for the grouse and finally I would hopefully have plenty of time to find the stag. I’m sure a suitable celebration in the evening would follow! It is your last day after all!”

Rob Fenwick (Director at E J Churchill – Shooting Ground and Sporting Agent)

“A day’s pheasant shooting at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. Shooting all the great drives in the Park, starting with North Bunkers! Just a 6 gun line with my closest friends! For me it is one of the most stunning shoots and places in the country.”

Alastair Philips (General Manager at William Evans)

“A lovely day somewhere in Norfolk with mates, just shooting cock pheasants!”

Dylan Williams (Director at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School and Sporting Agent)

“An early morning duck flight followed by a walked-up day with three mates after woodcock and snipe – perhaps with 5 different species by the end of the day”

Roy Lyu (Boss & Co)

“It would have to be a night’s stay at Loyton Lodge (for the hospitality c/o Angus Barnes) followed by some challenging high and fast partridges at Challacombe with its beautiful surroundings, especially the Pixies Rocks drives.”

Chris Horne (Director of GunsOnPegs)

“Three drives in the morning, one of grouse, one of high pheasants and one of high partridges, followed by a long afternoon of some serious roost shooting!”