Falconry Fair

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The 2016 National Falconry & Raptor Fair…
a great Family Fun Weekend in a superb country venue!

The 2016 British Falconry & Raptor Fair - that organisers call the UK's Premier Falconry and Hawking  Event - is being held at Chetwynd Park, Newport, Shropshire on the Bank Holiday Weekend of Sunday 1st May and Monday 2nd May. The event is being held in beautiful Shropshire countryside, and promises to be a fantastic two-day family-fun weekend which will showcase some great entertainment that will include some fabulous flying displays, and by popular demand the return of Ian Griffiths, Professional Dog Trainer.

An eagle display titled ‘The World of Eagles’ will be co-ordinated by members of the British Falconers Club Eagles Group giving visitors the opportunity to experience the majesty of the eagle close-up. There will also be an extensive programme of stunning flying demonstrations and displays by the best falconers, including the famous falconer Bob Dalton. Individual falconers will be coming from Europe to present their birds flying displays. Informative exhibitions by the Hawk Board, Raptor Rescue and the Campaign for Falconry, and major national countryside organisations will add to the ingredients for a fantastic weekend... all part of the world’s premier falconry event for 2016.

This year’s Falconry Fair is sponsored by Honeybrook Animal Foods, and will host many specialist exhibitors from across the UK; Europe and North America. Visitors can find out everything they need to know about falconry, from the art of flying; rearing, breeding, management, conservation, art, equipment, telemetry and of course see some premier falcons and raptors. They will also be able to take part in some hands-on falconry workshops. In addition to a superb static display of trained hawks and falcons there will also be several trained hunting eagles on static display.

Wildlife Art featuring some of the world's leading wildlife artists will once again delight visitors.

Ian Griffiths Professional Dog Training Displays. Ian Griffiths has a lifetime of genuine experience in training and handling dogs of all breeds and has been developing an in depth knowledge and understanding of canine behaviour and dog training which has led to him being successful trainer and dog handling instructor of both professional dog handlers and pet owners alike, with many successes across a wide variety of breeds and types of dogs. He will be sharing his 30 years’ experience and knowledge in the dog training environment, and he returns to the Falconry Fair by popular demand following a highly successful presentation at last year’s event. His Dog Security display is really spectacular and will excite visitors! As a Professional Dog Trainer and Canine Behaviour Consultant for many years, all of Ian’s experience and expertise is available to clients who are serious about getting the best from their dogs.

Country Fair. The two-day family-fun weekend is also host to a popular Country Fair which highlights a highly-entertaining range of country leisure pursuits including an Invitation Beagle Show (on Sunday), and Stickdressing and Ferret shows (on Monday). Rolls Royce enthusiasts will be providing a splendid display when they bring their superb vintage vehicles to the showground on the Sunday. Tern Valley Vintage Machinery Trust will be bringing a large display of vintage tractors and stationary engines.
‘Have a Go’ activities!: BASC Gundog events; Lurcher racing on Sunday, and both Terrier & Lurcher Shows on the Monday; Dog Agility, Novelty Dog Show, Airgun Target Shooting; and free  fly-casting tuition by an AAAPGAI instructor. Children’s amusements, Funfair and Pony Rides, plus quality Trade Stands!
Game Goer Country Displays. Graham Watkins of Oxfordshire-based Game Goer Country Displays organisation will present a number of exciting and stimulating displays using a combination of dogs and ferrets to provide an impressive and thrilling arena entertainment event. The event is primarily about working dog training, and in particular the training of Cockers, Springers and Pointers. The display focuses on how to train dogs and ferrets to work with a Harris Hawk, and will show how the animals work in unison.

Birds of prey demonstrations. A spokesman for the organisers said: - “The Falconry and Raptor Fair will premier ultimate aspects of the falconry world.  A variety of birds of prey demonstrations in the main arena, including eagles, hawks, falcons and owls will delight visitors.  The birds may also be viewed at close range to appreciate their magnificence on special static displays. The weekend is a special occasion in the falconry calendar. The link between mankind and birds of prey has, for centuries, held a romantic association. This will be something that visitors will find fascinating when they experience the close encounter of seeing the grace, beauty and power of the most spectacular birds in the world.


Trade Stands: The two-day event has a variety of Trade Stands attracting a variety of traders with products and services ranging from greeting cards, ceramics, woodwork, and glassware, to leather good (handbags, belts and purses), paperweights, textile crafts, clothing and leisure-wear, of all types including footwear. There are around 70 specialist falconry stands featuring falconry-related items such as art, sculpture, books, and falconry equipment, (clothes boots gloves). Artists specialising in falconry and raptor-related topics will include top-quality artists.

Ticket/admission information: Additional information about the event and show day facilities (Licensed Bars & Catering) are available from www.countryfairs.info
Enquiries: (01588) 672708. Admission: Adults £13.00; Admission for Children aged 15 years and under is Free, but they must be accompanied by an adult. Show starts 10am Closes 6pm. Arena events start 11am. Dogs on leads welcome. Free Car Parking. Satnav Postcode: TF10 8AA

The event organiser concluded: “A professional sound system ensures that even the largest crowds enjoy the display. Described as “The Sport of Kings” our show is particularly aimed at enabling everyone to have a chance of seeing these magnificent creatures, many once endangered species.Birds are in prime flying condition, ensuring what we consider to be the best falconry demonstration in the UK. Highly skilled people are on hand to give advice and share their extensive knowledge of falconry. We like to get the public as involved as we can during demonstrations and displays. We are proud to demonstrate the ancient art of falconry and the conservation of birds of prey. Organisers uphold the finest traditions of this, the noblest of all field sports and provide demonstrations within a strict Code of Conduct.”

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