Celebrate the British countryside at Harewood House

Harewood House. Credit Kippa Matthews
Harewood House. Credit Kippa Matthews

Try some traditional British pursuits at the CLA Game Fair, in the grounds of 18th-century Harewood House in Yorkshire – one of the Treasure Houses of England.

Harewood House. Credit Kippa Matthews
Harewood House. Credit: Kippa Matthews

This summer, indulge in the most British of pursuits at the CLA Game Fair, an annual weekend family event where you can try your hand at gundog handling, clay shooting, archery, fishing, falconry, kayaking and ferreting.

This year’s event will take place in the grounds of Yorkshire’s Harewood House, a stately home just outside Leeds, which is known for its beautiful Robert Adam interiors, Chippendale furniture and collection of classic paintings by the likes of JMW Turner, Reynolds and Picasso.

Outside, the Italianate Terrace, designed by Sir Charles Barry (who rebuilt the Palace of Westminster in the 19th century), provides views over the ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped gardens.

Taking place from 31 July to 2 August, the CLA Game Fair includes competitions for working dogs enthusiasts; they can even enter their own terriers into the daily terrier race. There will be equestrian events such as dressage, show jumping and cross-country and there will be shotgun coaches on site to coach everyone – from novices to experienced shots.

You can sample traditional British produce at The Totally Food Show, which will be on site, or for a quintessential experience visit The Picnic Lawn, where you can purchase your own luxury hamper, complete with picnic blanket, for a leisurely lunch in front of the resplendant Harewood House.

Tickets are £30 for the Friday and £25 for the Saturday or Sunday. Under 16s go free (but must be accompanied by an adult) and there are discounts for senior citizens. There are also options for camping or arriving by helicopter.

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