What to see and do at The Game Fair 2019

Airgun shooters will have a fantastic opportunity to try new guns and gear as well as getting some great shooting advice at The Game Fair.

Don’t forget to check out the competition at the bottom of the page!

The Game Fair promises to deliver a host of exciting new features and attract 120,000 visitors and nearly 1,000 exhibitors when it returns to Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

The festival of the great British countryside, which runs from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 July, offers an exciting programme of interactive, educational and fun have-a-go events.

Starting with a bang, a 61-gun salute in the main arena on the Friday will get the 61st annual festival underway and signal the scope and scale of the event to shooting enthusiasts. Here are some of the highlights.


Whether you’re new to the sport or want to test your skills, the Airgun Zone boasts purpose-built airgun ranges, with an array of guns, scopes and pellets for you to try out.

Enthusiasts and experts will be on hand to offer tuition if it’s your first time, to help you hit some targets or give you a few friendly pointers to improve your technique. You can’t miss the ranges – close to the Red Entrance near the Night Vision Tunnel and Gamekeepers Area.

Try Before You Buy

Top brands like Crosman, FX and Kral, among others, will have their latest gear for you to try out before you part with your cash.

Just visit the relevant stands for a chat and see the options, then pull the trigger on the smart ranges and see which airgun is right for you.

Try An Olympic Sport

New for this year, Walton Lions Airgun Club from Birmingham will be setting up its own stand next to the ranges for visitors to find out more about the sport, the law surrounding airguns and the various Olympic disciplines before having a go at some of them yourself. You can tackle the latest solar-powered targets, making it eco- and environmentally friendly.

Learn About Night Vision

Another new feature is a purpose-built night vision tunnel that is sure to be the talk of the show. You’ll be able to find out about and experience the latest night vision kit for yourself in a dedicated blackout tunnel, sponsored by distributor Thomas Jacks and its Pulsar and Yukon brands. 

It’s a unique and exciting opportunity for you to compare some of the biggest NV brands available, all in one place.

Test The Best Optics

On top of the night vision tunnel will be a specially designed platform where you can experience many of the famous optics brands. Test out rifle scopes and binoculars – and maybe even try some of thermal imaging kit.

The night vision tunnel and optics platform will be close to Entrance A, and the airgun ranges will be nearby.

Get Advice From BASC

Next to The Game Fair’s ranges, you’ll find experts from the British Association for Shooting & Conservation, who will have even more targets to try your hand at. 

They’ll be offering advice, guidance and training, and you can find out more about the organisation’s work. Don’t forget that being a member of BASC also gets you complimentary entry to The Game Fair on all three days.

Try Something New

If you’ve bought your next airgun, scope or more accessories, then why not give some of the other country pursuits on show at The Game Fair a go?

There’s a clay line for shotgun enthusiasts, casting pools and have-a-go fishing tuition on the river, falconry, working and gundog displays, a retail village, food village and even a Ginmakers’ Row. 

Or just relax with a drink at the Gunmakers’ Pub or Cider Quarter – the latter is just in front of the airgun ranges.

The Game Fair 2019: Need To Know

Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Friday, 26 July to Sunday, 28 July (6am to 6pm, to 7.30pm on the Friday. Stands and attractions open from 9am)

Early bird tickets are on sale now, via www.thegamefair.org, or 0844 776 7777. Advance tickets for one day cost £27 for an adult and £10 for a child (aged eight to 16). Advance three-day tickets cost £75 for an adult and £30 for a child (aged eight to 16).

An advance family ticket for two adults and up to three children costs £67 for one day or £200 for all three days. Concessions are available for senior citizens (60+) and military personnel. On the gate, adult tickets cost £34 and child tickets £10 for one day. Accompanied children aged eight and under have free entry

Advance premium parking costs £20 per day, while In Show Parking can be bought in advance for £40 a day

Telephone: 01707 252707

Website: www.thegamefair.org

Don’t forget to enter our competition to win tickets to The Game Fair!

Entries close on 18 July so there is still time, but you need to hurry! To enter, simply answer this question:

Where will The Game Fair 2019 be held?

A) Ragley Hall
B) Blenheim Palace
C) Hatfield House

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