Hampshire Country Sports Day 2015
PUBLISHED: 15:17 18 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:17 18 August 2015
Hampshire Country Sports Day has an action-packed programme of events and entertainment for the annual countryside extravaganza to be held on Sunday 13 September at Tichborne Park near Alresford, as a brand new show sponsor: GMK Limited of Fareham, suppliers of the famous Benelli shotguns, is announced.
There will be a full day of ‘have a go’ fun for all the family and arena displays and competitions for lovers of country pursuits. Highlights include the main arena Inter Hunt competition, demonstrations from hunter gatherer Chris Green the Cornishman, and gundog and fishing demonstrations. There is also a clay pigeon shooting competition with tuition stands, as well as gundog, family fun dog, terrier and lurcher shows. This year the show organisers are delighted to have an enlarged and improved fishing area with 10 different fishing organisations attending with casting competitions, demonstrations and tuition.
Gates open at 9.30am and the main ring events start at 10am. There will be more than 75 trade stands offering everything from handbags to country paintings and craft gifts, plus hunting, shooting and fishing equipment for sale, and a varied choice of food and drink, with a licensed bar. Admission is £10 for adults and is free for children under 14 and the event will be signposted from Alresford. For more information, visit www.hampshirecountrysportsday.co.uk. All profits are donated to the Countryside Alliance to help with their campaigning work on behalf of rural communities.
Show Chairman Bill Tyrwhitt-Drake commented: “We are looking forward to putting on a great day for everyone who loves the countryside and we are very grateful to GMK Ltd for sponsoring us this year. We’ve also worked hard to keep the entry cost at a very affordable price, which we believe offers the best value in Hampshire for a country show.”
Spokesperson for GMK Ltd, Karl Waktare says: “We are delighted to be sponsoring and supporting the Hampshire Country Sports Day, which is a firm favourite in the Hampshire countryside calendar. At the show we’ll be giving the public the opportunity to try the much-awaited brand new Benelli 828U over and under shotgun, which is beautifully engineered and has a truly innovative action.”
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