Many Countryside Alliance members and supporters will be filling their 2017 diaries, so we bring you just some of the big rural dates for the year so that you don’t miss out.
This list is not exhaustive – please email [email protected] with any additions that may be of interest to Countryside Alliance members and supporters.
14 April – The Many Clouds Lambourn Open Day. The open day is a unique opportunity to see the horses in the training establishments throughout the Lambourn Valley. More than 25 trainers will open their yards to the public.
15 April – Kimblewick Hunt Point to Point at Kimble, Bucks
23 April – Virgin Money London Marathon – meet (and sponsor) the six-strong team running for The Countryside Alliance Foundation this year.
25 April – Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust anniversary conference at Floors Castle
3 May – Fishing for our Future, a dinner and auction at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, to raise funds for our fishing projects.
3 May – Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust anniversary conference at Sparsholt College
3-7 May – The Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials, Badminton, Gloucestershire
6-7 May – The Northern Shooting Show, Yorkshire Showground Harrogate
13-14 May – Nottinghamshire County Show
27 and 28 May – Hertfordshire County Show, Redbourne
29 May – The Surrey County Show,
31 May – 3 June – the Royal Bath and West Show at the Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
8-10 June – The 50th Annual South of England Show and hound shows at Ardingly, West Sussex
8-10 June – The Royal Cornwall Show at the Showground, Wadebridge, Cornwall
10 June – National Ladies Shooting Day from the Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club
10-11 June – Newby Hall Tractor Festival, Newby Hall, near Ripon
17 June – Minterne Charity Clay Shoot in Dorset for the Countryside Alliance, courtesy of the Digby Family. For information please contact [email protected]
17-18 June – Carmarthenshire Country Fair, Cothi Bridge Showground, SA32 7NA
18 June – Brocklesby County Show
21-22 June – Lincolnshire Show
22-25 June – The Royal Highland Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh
28-29 June – The Royal Norfolk Show at the Showground, Norwich, Norfolk
30 June – 2 July – The Scottish Game Fair, Scone Palace, Perthshire
10 July – the 20th anniversary of the Hyde Park Rally, generally acknowledged to be the beginning of the Countryside Alliance
11-13 July – The Great Yorkshire Show and hound shows, the Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
19 July – The Festival of Hunting, Peterborough
24-27 July – The Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd
28-30 July – The Game Fair will be held at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
4-5 August – The Highland Fieldsports Fair at the Moy Estate, Invernesshire
12-13 August – The Lowther Show and hound show, Lowther Estate, Penrith, Cumbria
12-13 August – The Little Ellingham Vintage Working Show
31 August – 3 September – Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials at Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire
1-3 September – Chatsworth Country Fair, Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire
10 September – Hampshire Country Sports Day, Tichborne Park, Alresford
16 – 17 September – The Midland Game Fair at Weston Park, Shropshire
16-17 September – The Royal County of Berkshire Show
Friday 17 November – Cheltenham Countryside Race Day