In our Countryside Arena at the Sandringham Game and Country Fair, we focus mainly on traditional countryside pursuits – with a couple of exciting extras!
Shire Horse Logging
An Interesting arena demonstration illustrating how timber was handled prior to the mechanised systems of work that are standard today. Indeed Shire Horses are still used today where terrain or ground conditions are to extreme to allow motorised access.
The displays are given by Tom & Jo Henfrey and son, the home of “Park Percherons”, Percherons are one of the oldest draft horses in the world originating in western France.
Tom & Jo Henfrey have been British Heavy Horse Driven Champions on many occasions with our pair and team . Having won numerous county shows over the last 40 years , and enjoy giving all kinds of demonstrations .
Watch these stunning birds of prey as they swoop and soar above the Countryside Arena. Handled by some of the UK’s top falconers, under the leadership of Ben Long Falconry. You will learn how they are flown, how they are used in pest control and sport, and you may even have the opportunity to come into the arena and fly one yourself.
Again, you are welcome to meet the birds afterwards in the designated Falconry Marquee.
The Drakes of Hazard
Mark Wylie with his sheepdog and duck display team bring a fantastic demonstration which will entertain, enthral, enchant and educate. You’ll be amazed at the skill as man and dog work together in harmony to control, direct and navigate a troop of fearless Indian Runner Ducks around an obstacle course.
Sleek speed and an enthusiastic commentary about these up to date cars. Available to see afterwards in their own area – you may even want to have your photo taken in one!
We may be lacking in water in the Countryside Arena, but our angling experts Peter Johnson and Barry Grantham will be welcoming young volunteers into the arena to learn about fly casting in this informative demonstration.
If this grabs your interest, head over to our angling marquee where you can book your own individual tuition, or ask any questions of our angling experts from Trout and Salmon Conservation UK or the Angling Trust.
On the Warren with Simon Whitehead
Returning to demonstrate at the Living Heritage game and country shows is Simon Whitehead of Pakefield Ferrets. Rabbit controller, author and sporting journalist, Simon brings his wealth of experience and knowledge to highlight the relationship between man, wild rabbit, the countryside and the table.
Simon, a unique character it must be said, displays and demonstrate in a very unique manner, that has to be seen to be believed. Educational, amusing and entertaining are just a few descriptions to describe how Simon poetically sells the virtues of ferrets and ferreting to his audience.
During his educational, amusing and entertaining action-packed demonstration, the unscripted drama blossoms as he regales the ferrets journey through the passage of time. Often copied but never bettered, Simon backs up the provenance of his show by earning his living not only “rabbiting” but writing, filming and acting as a consultant to media and production companies.
All of these aspects of ferrets and ferreting combine to make a package that makes it an unequalled demonstration amongst the arena acts across the UK. Simon definitely puts the “ferret” back into ferreting.
As ferreting is normally carried out in unsociable surroundings and often in solitude, Simon makes full use of the arena demonstration and static display to explain and illustrate why ferreting is fast becoming a more sought-after pastime in the countryside and towns of the UK.
The ferreter is the epitome of the organic and environmentally friendly hunter/gatherer and as such continues to educate about the merits of rabbit as a first class organic, free range meat for the table. A raconteur of some repute, Simon can display, demonstrate and educate his traditional craft that has not only survived the growth in technology but prospered, illustrating why the Pakefield Ferrets motto of “ensuring the tradition of ferreting IS continued for further generations” is long remembered after the final curtain.
Simon will also be in the Country Kitchen to illustrate the merits of rabbits as a sustainable wild food. From harvesting to field dressing, breaking them down to cooking a simple dish, Simon will illustrate why the rabbit is now becoming a much sought-after addition to our diets. Due to the demand for cementing the provenance of his rabbits, Simon is now taking people and groups out to show them the full circle. Harvesting rabbits in an organic manner, breaking them down and cooking them just metres from where they were harvested.