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Getting Back to Nature
highclere game & country fair

Living in the city has its perks; everything is right at your doorstep - or at the very most, a tube stop away. But all the modern conveniences come at a price. We're constantly on the go, never a chance to stop and breathe - and when you do, you'll be inhaling lots of car fumes. Sometimes it is just nice to escape the city, and retreat to a more rural setting. In May, why not try to forget all your gadgetry for while, and get a taste of country life?

Country life is what Countryman Fairs is all about. They present the very best in rural entertainment, showcasing all the greatest aspects of what is like living in the country. Off course country life isn't all a bed of roses, but you don't have to worry about the icky bits. Their next Game & Country Fair is at Highclere Castle on the 26th-27th May, with tickets at £12 for adults, £11 seniors, and £5 for children.

So what exactly is this weekend of country life offering? Where oh where to begin? Perhaps Middle England is a good place to start. Visit the main arena and you will witness an exciting historical sporting event as the Warwickshire Knights compete in a Medieval jousting competition.

Also at the arena, feast your eyes on some muscly lumberjacks, who are out to prove that man is better than machine. In a skilful and humorous display, Adam's Axemen will show-off old-aged techniques in the art of felling timber.

Those of a sensitive disposition may want to skip Brian Brinded's long netting demonstration, as he shows how to catch and cull rabbits without causing damage to crops.

On a more cheerful note, other animal focussed events include a falconry display, ferret racing, and a showcasing of various gundog demonstrations such as 'scurries', 'mark n' blind', 'working tests', and 'simulated coursing'.

Browse the traders stalls at the market, where there will be lots of handmade crafts, a fabulous food festival, and a chance to see tradesmen at work.

There will be plenty of 'have a go' activities, including clay shooting, fishing tuition, and airgun practice. The kids will also love to see Banana Brian's magic show, and you can all cheer Woody, the one-man-band, as he plays like Bert from Mary Poppins.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 26th-27th May
Phone: 01889 563232
Where: Highclere Castle
Cost: £12 adult, £11 seniors, £5 children
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