Knight on horse

Horse Boarding

This exciting extreme sport is back. 
A boarder on what can only be described as a big skate board with bigger wheels attached to a horse and rider, with speeds of over 30 mph around a series of obstacles.
The main aim is speed without touching or hitting the obstacles or penalty points are incurred. The fastest lap is the winner, sounds simple yes but these guys have no fear and on more than one occasion the boarder becomes detached from the horse and sometimes in spectacular fashion.
Where:  Main Arena


OG performance Horse

NEW FOR 2024 – OG Performance Horses

A New and exciting Jousting Act will be attended the Burghley Game and Country Fair this year.
A show full of action with heroes and villains showcasing the traditional combat skills of horse back.
For those of you that have not seen this before it is a fast and fierce competition where one horse and rider charges at another horse and rider each with a long stick, or lances.
The aim being to hit the rider to gain points or even better to knock him (or her) off their horse.


Watch these stunning birds of prey as they swoop and soar above the above your heads. Handled by some of the UK’s top falconers, under the leadership of Ben Long Falconry, you will learn how they are flown, used in sport, worked with dogs and you will enjoy out pageant of riders, birds and dogs, all in Tudor costume, and demonstrating falconry on horseback – just as it used to be done.

Again, you are welcome to meet the birds afterwards in the designated Falconry Marquee.

Where: Countryside Arena

Scurry Driving

A timed horse event where competitors run a course with obstacles. The ponies, usually in pairs pull a carriage that is operated by a driver and groom that balances a cart behind the ponies.

The teams take it in turn completing the course that is set inside the main arena.

There are different categories from novice to professional and size of the ponies. 

All have to work together as fast as they can through the obstacles such as cones and gates with only a few centimetres wider than the carriage. 

If an obstacle is knocked or missed then penalty time is added to their overall finishing time. The winner at the end is the team that finishes the fastest and usually the one with the less mistakes.

It’s a fun action-packed event that is well worth watching.

Where: Main Arena

Gundogs and Falconry Display

Don’t miss the incredibly synergy of these gun dogs and birds of prey working together.  Although the dog is a natural predator to the bird, with Paul Makepeace handling the dogs, and Ben Long handling the birds they work together as dogs and birds did in Tudor times.

Where: Countryside Arena

Pakefield Ferrets

A unique character in modern day Britain, if not the world, Simon is not only one of a small band of people that make their entire living from rabbits in all of their guises, but who educates about his passion at events.

Experience and enjoyment forms the provenance of his demonstrations. Simon has a unique arena demonstration and educationally and amusing are just two words used to describe how he sells the virtues of the full mechanics of ferreting to the wider world whilst enticing them into his world of ferrets, dogs and rabbits.

Where: Countryside Arena

Chase The Bunny

A firm Living Heritage Favourite! If your dog loves to chase this could be their moment! Dogs are matched to general size and speed and race to chase the lure around the arena. Great fun to both take part in and to watch – especially when the dogs run in completely the opposite direction, or find a more interesting smell. Don’t worry: your dog won’t be the first and certainly won’t be the last!

Where: Dog Arena

Walk Up Shoot

Have you ever wondered exactly what happens on a shoot?  This is your chance to find out. With their team of gun dogs in various stages of training, Paul Makepeace of Trochery Gundogs, and Aubrey Ladyman will be taking us through how the dogs are used at every stage, from beating with spaniels, flushing the birds out, through to pointing and retrieval in a variety of tricky situations. They will also be demonstrating how gun dogs – both Spaniels and Retrievers – are trained.

Where: Countryside Arena, Dog Arena

Shetland Ponies

JPL Racing

One of my favourite attractions will be joining us at the Burghley Game & Country Fair.

A must for all of you racing enthusiast with pony and young jockey racing and jumping hurdles around the race course – It’s a mini Grand National.

Where: Main Arena


Angling Demonstration

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.

Where: Fishing Arena


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