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Welcome to our events listing. Please note that this list is updated constantly, but is not exhaustive. If you know of an event which you feel will be of interest to Countryside Alliance members and supporters, please email details to: Please note that priority will be given to events & fundraisers which benefit the Countryside Alliance or The Countryside Alliance Foundation.


18th - 25th October - Hunting Newcomers Week

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Newcomers Week - 18th - 25th October. The Countryside Alliance’s annual Newcomers Week has this year been scheduled for Saturday 18th – Saturday 25th October. The aim is to encourage as many Newcomers to go hunting as possible throughout this week and whether you organise a meet or an event of some sort please do let us know so that we can promote it on our website. We often get many people asking what hunts in their area are doing so do let us know what you are planning so that we can pass the information onto them.

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Key diary dates for 2015

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Many of you will already have your diary for 2015, so we bring you some key countryside dates to add to it. Including our Badbury Rings Point-to-Point, the British Shooting Show, the Cheltenham Festival, Peterborough, the CLA Game Fair, the Royal Welsh, Royal Highland, Great Yorkshire, Badminton and the General Election, read on and get your pen ready.

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14th November - the 27th annual Cheltenham Countryside Race Day

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The 27th annual Cheltenham Countryside Race Day, an iconic event in our year, will once again kick off the three day Open meeting. Cheltenham Countryside Race Day is the “start of term” for the National Hunt season and this year is in aid of the Countryside Alliance and the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal. Over the years the crowds have slowly risen and, as has often been said, the day now resembles the Festival in the ‘old days’. The country fair that is so much a part of the day will commence with the ever popular stallion parade between 11 and 11:30am. Gundog displays will take place in the paddock before racing, and the local hunt will parade on the course during the afternoon.

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Featured event: 2 November - Horses in the Great War commemoration, Worcs

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Worcestershire Branch Countryside Alliance and Worcestershire Armed Forces Community Covenant invite you to a service to commemorate the contributions and sacrifices of the horses in WW1. The event will take place on Sunday 2nd November 2014 10.30am – 12.30pm at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Please come along on horses, ponies or on foot to be part of this unique event to be led by Rev Phillip Jones. Collection in aid of Armed Forces Charities.
Further info: Audrey Steel 01386 792266 email:

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25th October - Meynell & South Staffs Newcomers' Meet

Saturday, 25 October 2014

The Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt are having a Newcomers’ Meet on Saturday 25 October 2014 at Cutler Park, Mercaston DE6 3BL. The meet will be at 9am and will cater for all ages and abilities. Hunting is a great way to see different areas of the country, to make friends and to watch hounds work which is a very special experience. All newcomers are welcome: Adults: £20 Children: £10 We just ask that you book in with Rachael Morley on 07889 083194 or Louise Williams on 07990 550547 so that we have a rough idea of numbers and can give you some directions regarding parking, etc. More information also available on

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26 October - Wincanton Racecourse Combat Stress Families & Armed Forces Raceday

Sunday, 26 October 2014

On Sunday 26 October 2014 Wincanton Racecourse is hosting a Families and Armed Forces Day, both to connect with the 9 military bases within an hour of Wincanton (and their active and retired personnel) and also to raise funds for, and awareness of, the work of Combat Stress. Combat Stress does wonderful work supporting service men and women scarred by the mental trauma of war. Read more about the day and book tickets here.

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November 2014 - vote for your Rural Oscars Champion of Champions

Saturday, 1 November 2014

The Countryside Alliance Awards, aka the Rural Oscars, turn 10 this year, and to celebrate we are asking you to vote for your very favourite UK & Ireland Champions from the life of the Awards. You can find out who is in the running and more about the project here.
Voting will be accepted via post and online throughout November. Good luck to the 40 retailers in the running, from our first winners, Weetons of Harrogate, right through to Weatherhead's, Spuds & Berries, Chalke Valley Stores and Our Cow Molly in 2013.

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2nd Nov - Countryside Family Sports Day at Carlisle Racecourse

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Carlisle Racecourse is staging a Countryside Family Sports Day at its race meeting on Sunday November 2. The Countryside Alliance is among the organisations supporting the event, which features an afternoon of jumps racing plus lots of fun family activities, indoors and out.

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Boar's Head, Ripley, Harrogate - cookery demonstrations in 2014

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Tuesday 4th November - Guy "Forks" Autumn and winter ideas for finger and fork food, the final demo  this year in the Boar's Head famous Cookery Demonstrations programme, 2014 - join talented and creative Head Chef James Brown and see what tricks of the trade you can pick up! Email for more information and to book.

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12th November - Fundraiser for the Christ Church & Farley Hill Beagles, London

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Christ Church and Farley Hill Beagles invite you to a hunt fundraiser of cocktails, canapes and dancing in the private rooms above Beaufort House on the King's Road on Wednesday 12th November from 7pm until 1am. Tickets are £25 and include a glass of fizz on arrival and various canapes. There will be DJs (to be announced) to get everyone up and dancing into the small hours. Partners, friends and hunt supporters all welcome. All funds raised go towards supporting one of the last remaining student run Beagle Packs in the country.Tickets:

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