Please note that the main arena may have controlled viewing areas for social distancing. Please observe 2m distances, thank you for your cooperation.
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.
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
The Stannage Stunt Team
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.
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.
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.
We may be lacking in water in the Main Arena, but our angling expert 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: Main Arena