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Big crowd expected at second West Cumbria Game Fair

Thousands of visitors are expected to visit the second annual West Cumbria Game Fair this weekend.

Martin Ashfield photo
Martin Ashfield

The event takes place in the grounds of Armathwaite Hall, on the shores of Bassenthwaite, with highlights including cookery demonstrations from top chefs, working dog competitions, a clay shoot with a £100 ‘top gun’ prize, a hound trail, fly fishing and field archery.

New for this year is the main arena, which will play host to 4×4 demonstrations, a hound parade and gun dog displays, as well as traditional Cumberland wrestling.

There will also be more than 150 trade stands selling everything from crafts and clothing to country accessories, and a vast array of local food.

Cumbria Farmer Network will be holding its annual Fell Gather at the event, giving visitors the chance to meet a wealth of suppliers and find out more about sourcing local food.

West Cumbria Game Fair is organised by Cockermouth-based Martin Ashfield.

“We held the fair for the first time last year and welcomed more than 6,000 people through the gates,” he said. “I hope this year’s event will be even more popular. It’s ideal for anyone who loves country pursuits, as well as those who want to find out more.”

Mr Ashfield was pleased to add the hound trail to the list and said there would also be a display of vintage engines and a vehicle display.

“We’ve joined forces with Cumbrian Food Direct this year too, so there’ll be loads of local produce on offer, from ales and fish to cheeses and desserts.”

Cumbrian chef Peter Sidwell will be on hand to create some great dishes.

Tickets for the West Cumbria Game Fair are on sale at


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