Packed programme announced for 31st Scottish Game Fair

The GWCT Scottish Game Fair, organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, has revealed a lineup of exciting and varied entertainers and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Visitors will be spoilt for choice at this year’s Scottish Game Fair, in association with NFU Mutual, which takes place over three days at the stunning Scone Palace Parklands on July 5th, 6th & 7th.

Alongside firm favourites from the world of game and wildlife conservation, 2019 will see some new additions to the Main Ring timetable, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin. This includes headline act: the Jez Avery Stunt Show, an amazing performance on four wheels, two wheels, one wheel and no wheels and a ‘rollover quad’. This jaw-dropping show includes wheelies, stoppies, two-wheel driving, drifting, doughnuts and precision driving.

They will be joined in the Main Ring by pipe bands, foxhounds, gun dogs, birds of prey, a tug of war and terrier racing to name a few.

The Fair also welcomes back world-renowned French hunting horn band, Les Trompes de la Cottenciniere for the first time since 2015.

Sylvain Roussiere, of the band, said: “We are again honoured to have been invited to the GWCT Scottish Game Fair to share with you our passion for the music of the ‘trompes de chasse’.  As ‘Les Trompes de la Cottenciniere’, we are a group of friends who have come together especially to visit Scotland. We all play regularly and among us there are World and French hunting horn champions.

“The horn was originally used for communication on the hunting field and we still do this, with over 200 different calls to give information about animals involved. We hope you enjoy hearing us play and will be suitably entertained.”

Elsewhere at the Fair, food sustainability takes centre stage at the Food Hall and Food Theatre. From foraging, seasonality and reducing food miles, visitors will learn how Scotland’s top chefs Richard Dalgleish from Gleneagles and Tom Lewis from Monachyle Mhor, and other leading brands are going above and beyond to ensure sustainability is always on the menu.

There is plenty to inspire youngsters out into the countryside, too. The Junior Macnab competition returns for its second year. Instead of hunting a stag, grouse and fishing for a salmon, our Junior Macnabbers will compete to hunt rabbit, pigeon and fish for a trout. The event has been developed to encourage youngsters to take up shooting and fishing and get outside to experience everything the countryside has to offer.

Youngsters can also learn how to survive in the wilderness, from setting up camp and basic fire lighting skills, during daily Bushcraft and Wilderness workshops which are completely free and open to all ages.

Meanwhile, moorland management will be brought to life at the Covey Education Tent on the GWCT’s ringside stand where youngsters can enjoy hands-on fun participating with the exhibitors’ displays and activities including learning from GWCT science.

The upland management message continues over at the GWCT Central Exhibit where this year’s theme ‘Three Steps to Heather Heaven’ explores the pathways that can help moorland managers create and maintain thriving moorland, rich in game and other wildlife. This eye-catching display embraces live red and black grouse, ptarmigan, grey partridges and working hill ponies.

Hugo Straker, Chairman of the Scottish Game Fair said: “We are delighted to offer such a varied programme for our visitors; there really is something for everyone at the Scottish Game Fair. I’m proud that this event improves its offering year on year, creating something that tens of thousands of visitors can enjoy.”

Proceeds from the Scottish Game Fair go to help fund the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s  charitable work to further and enhance game and wildlife conservation throughout rural Scotland.