What to see and do
Would you benefit from expert tuition?
BASC shotgun coaching is designed to offer an opportunity for those who already shoot, or feel they would like to try, the advantage of some expert tuition. Enjoy a lesson from a qualified coach, covering eye dominance, safe gun handling, correct stance, gun fit, gun mount and how to hit a moving target. The fee includes the cost of cartridges, clay targets, eye and ear protection, the loan of a shotgun and a shooting vest.
If you have your own shotgun with you at the fair and are experiencing problems with gun fit then please come and chat with our coaches.
16 year olds and under £10 members/£15 non - members
Over 16s £15 members/£20 non-members
As well as lessons, there will also be an opportunity for newcomers (over 16) to try shooting for the first time informally with a coach in our new ‘shooting experience’. £10 for 10 shots.
Join BASC at the show and receive a free coaching lesson or experience.
BASC Airgun Range - Come and have a go on the BASC airgun range with one of our BSA .177 air rifles under expert guidance and supervision by a BASC airgun coach. The charge is only £2 for 10 pellets at a paper target. All equipment is provided.
This year we have a designated area for education for all the family from milking cows, learning about seeds and plants and the wildlife needed for the plants to survive and thrive. The sheep Shearer returns to show you how to get the wool off the sheep which then goes to the spinners who turn the wool into yarn and dyeing in spectacular colours which then go on to make fantastic garments. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust will be bringing an array of animals to view and talk about.
With over 600 entries the homecraft marquee displays the local talent from a schedule of over 80 classes including specific classes for men in the bakery section and classes for under 18's, with prize money at stake and cups. It always proves to be a spectacular display.
Over 100 trade stands from arts and crafts, jewellery, homewares, through to artisan breads and pies in our indoor trade marquee and clothing stalls, garden furniture, plants and local club stands and not forgetting agricultural machinery and tractor stands outside.
2019 Main Ring Attractions
Paul Hannam – Stunt Entertainment
Paul Hannam is a quad bike stuntman from North Devon with 25 years’ experience riding quad bikes & 10 years’ experience racing at British Championship level.
His stunts are performed on a full range of quad bikes. Over the next few years he is planning a few “Guinness Book of Records” attempts, which will happen live at selected shows around the UK and abroad.
The Paul Hannam Quad Bike Stunt Show includes:
• Precision riding
• Multiple roll stunt quad – Paul vs guest rider
• Jumps as big as possible in arena provided (Jumping anything he can get his hands on from cars, vans and tractors with the occasional monster truck jump all of which are done with no landing ramp).
• Trick riding in all four corners of arena getting up close and personal with the crowds so no one misses out on the action
Paul will be inviting some of the best Quad Bike & MX British Championships riders available in the UK today to join him in every show – as he searches for his new team mate giving someone the same opportunity he was given 5 years ago by The Kangaroo Kid (aka Matt Coulter).
Between displays the public are encouraged to visit the interactive stand where they can get a closer look at the bikes, meet the riders and get a photo.
The Dog & Duck makes a come back with their display, Modern & Vintage Machinery will make a comeback and everyone can ask the drivers of the machines questions. CJ's Birds of Prey will be having their static display by the entrance for you to ask questions. Hook Norton Brewery will be driving their horse & dray and talking about the brewery (see them on the Educational stand). We also have our classic cars with the "Peter Yardley Perpetual Cup" being presented.
We have a wide variety of catering stands this year from traditional hog roast, locally produced, sausages and burgers, Pizza freshly made to order, vegetarian options, Locally produced icecream, crepes, frozen yoghurt, doughnuts and freshly made coffee. A range that should satisfy all tastes and requirements.
With classes for all abilities the equine area is bustling with activity for all horse enthusiasts. Heavy Horses and Horse and carriages will be putting on a fantastic display both in the main ring and equine rings.
Bouncy Castles, Jeeps, mini quads, crazy golf and last man standing to name a few, there should be something to keep all ages entertained.
We have exhibitors from around the country to show you rural crafts from the tradtional thatching and carving, Warwickshire Bee Keepers, Toggenberg Goats and Ferret racing, along with Classic Cars and Friends of Massey Fergusson displaying tractors through the ages. The Sheep Show returns again this year giving entertaining and informative displays with his flock of sheep, with the Hogg show making the first appearance of pigs at the show in five years.
On the warren with Simon Whitehead.
Simon Whitehead of Pakefield Ferrets. Rabbit controller, author and sporting journalist, Simon brings his wealth of experience and knowledge to highlight the relationship between man, wild rabbit, the countryside and the table.
Simon, a unique character it must be said, displays and demonstrate in a very unique manner, that has to be seen to be believed. Educational, amusing and entertaining are just a few descriptions to describe how Simon poetically sells the virtues of ferrets and ferreting to his audience.
During his educational, amusing and entertaining action-packed demonstration, the unscripted drama blossoms as he regales the ferrets journey through the passage of time. Often copied but never bettered, Simon backs up the provenance of his show by earning his living not only “rabbiting” but writing, filming and acting as a consultant to media and production companies.
All of these aspects of ferrets and ferreting combine to make a package that makes it an unequalled demonstration amongst the arena acts across the UK. Simon definitely puts the “ferret” back into ferreting.
As ferreting is normally carried out in unsociable surroundings and often in solitude, Simon makes full use of the arena demonstration and static display to explain and illustrate why ferreting is fast becoming a more sought-after pastime in the countryside and towns of the UK.
The ferreter is the epitome of the organic and environmentally friendly hunter/gatherer and as such continues to educate about the merits of rabbit as a first class organic, free range meat for the table. A raconteur of some repute, Simon can display, demonstrate and educate his traditional craft that has not only survived the growth in technology but prospered, illustrating why the Pakefield Ferrets motto of "ensuring the tradition of ferreting IS continued for further generations" is long remembered after the final curtain.
Cattle & Sheep
From around the country, cattle & sheep exhibitors prepare and show their prizewinning livestock to the public and judges attracting around 100 head of cattle and over 200 head of sheep over 25 breeds.