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TUESDAY, 26TH JULY 2011
Top Country Fairs

Game and country fairs are bucolic bliss.  A mecca for country sports enthusiasts and a great showcase for all things rural, country fairs are a great day out for all the family on your UK holidays. Fill your lungs with fresh, country air and maybe develop a new passion or two - check out our round-up of the best UK country fairs before you head off on your self-catering UK holidays.

 

Blenheim Palace - flckr - Josh Friedman Luxury TravelCLA Game Fair - Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Think big - that seems to be the motto of Blenheim Palace's CLA Game Fair, the world's leading country fair. UK holidaymakers renting one of our Cotswold cottages can join the merry throng (some, ahem, 140, 000) of enthusiasts attending the three day event. You'll find shooting and fishing shows, gun dog and falconry exhibitions and displays on every possible aspect of country life you can imagine! There's loads of family fun to be had, from quad biking and 4x4 demonstrations to cookery shows and laser combat. If you need a break from the action, take time out to explore Blenheim's beautiful grounds, all 2100 acres of them. Take a turn around the lake, and don't miss the award winning formal gardens. If you want to do this countryside-thing in style, pay a visit to www.gamefair.co.uk to plan your visit. Holiday cottages in Oxfordshire.


Inverness_2004 08 19_089 - flckr - HBarrisonThe Scottish Game Fair - Scone Palace, Perthshire, Scotland
Get in on the act during your Scotland holidays with a trip to the Scottish Game Fair. You'll find all the usual country pursuit displays as well as some with a distinct Scottish flavour - anyone for traditional pipe bands? For something a little different, take a flutter on the sheep racing and cheer on the fluffy ones. If you're feeling peckish, head over to the food hall, stuffed with the best of Scottish fayre. If there's a shopaholic in your party then there's plenty of retail therapy available, with stands selling everything from wellies and tweed to safaris and stoves! Best put a limit on that credit card...If you're taking your UK holidays in Scotland, then visit www.scottishfair.com for all the details of this three-day event.  Nead a cottage in Perthshire.

 

Main ring - flckr - DerbyDog1Chatsworth Country Fair - Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire
Another stately home affair, Chatsworth Country Fair is always held the weekend following August Bank Holiday. Around 90,000 people descend on this corner of Derbyshire to partake in the extravaganza. Sheepdog trials, fishing, and gun dogs are joined by hot air balloons, vintage cars, freefall parachuting and aerobatics. Chatsworth Country Fair has strong links to the armed forces, so keep your eyes looking skywards for the Red Arrows. If you want to get out your glad rags on your UK holidays, then why not buy a ticket for the black-tie reception, beating retreat and supper that precedes Chatsworth Country Fair. Get yourselves over to www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk to book tickets and find out more. Lovely cottages in Derbshire.


The Royal Norfolk Show 29-06-2011 - flckr - Karen RoeThe Royal Norfolk Show - Norfolk Showground, Norwich
The Royal Norfolk Show is a strong contender for Best in Show. UK holidaymakers taking a break in one of our Norfolk cottages are in for a treat - past years have included a vintage fairground, fun with lawnmowers (yes, really!), farriery, art and more. Be sure to check out the Sheep Show and shearing demonstrations. If huntin', shootin' and fishin' aren't your cup of tea, fear not, there's still plenty of fun to be had! Visit the Woodland Craft area to see local artisans crafting their wares, or follow the countryside trail to learn about the conservation of Norfolk's woodland and wetland habitats. There really is something for all tastes, from the tranquil Flower and Garden Show, to the lively fashion and beauty marquee! Think a trip to the Norfolk Broads might float your boat? Then pop over to www.royalnorfolkshow.co.uk for all the latest news. Cottages in Norfolk.

 

The Red Devils 09 - flckr - Ronnie MacdonaldThe Welsh Game Fair - Gelli Aur, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire
Motorcycle stunt displays, the Red Devils parachuting team, chainsaw sculpture demonstrations and a vintage vehicle parade join the more traditional displays at Wales's premier country show. However, as we all know, there ain't nothing like a hound dog, and canines are big business at the Welsh Game Fair. Terrier and lurcher enthusiasts converge to show off their four-legged friends, hoping to impress the judges in all manner of classes. The Welsh Game Fair also hosts Wales's largest gathering of hounds - over 30 packs take part in the prestigious Hound Show. If you're taking your dog on your UK holidays in Wales, then you could even enter him in the Fair's open Scurry competition! Puppy dog or not, if you're renting one of our cottages in Wales and fancy a day out with a difference then find out more at www.welshgamefair.com  Looking for Carmathenshire Cottages.

POSTED BY: RACHAEL
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