Its that time of year again, the CLA Game Fair hits Harwood House

The CLA Game Fair began life with an informal conversation between two game-rearing specialists more than half a century ago. Nigel Gray and Charles Coles, whilst working at the ICI Game Research Station, put their heads together and came up with a new kind of social event to bring together the shooting and landowning interests of the British countryside.

The first Game Fair was held in 1958 after CLA President John Ruggles-Brise (later Sir) approved CLA (then the Country Landowners' Association) backing for the new concept.

The first CLA Game Fair at Stetchworth, Newmarket, cost £800 to stage and had 8,500 visitors.

Looking back at previous CLA Game Fairs offers a unique spotlight on the social history and development of field sports and the country way of life over the past half century.

The shows have provided an opportunity for country people of varying interests and backgrounds to get together to chew the fat, exchange skills, wisdom and experience and to do business together.

Today the CLA Game Fair has metamorphosised into an operation that those original founders would scarcely recognise. Yet the same fundamental driving forces still exist: the fellowship, the sense of community and the deep love of countryside activities that set a fire under the CLA Game Fair when it began in 1958.

Harewood House
Harewood House
Gunmakers Row

Where is it?

After a 12 year absence, the CLA Game Fair will finally return to Harewoood House near Leeds next week - 31st July - 2nd August 2015

When is it?

Friday July 31st through to Sunday the 2nd August 2015

How much does it cost?

Tickets on the gate are a follows - 

Friday 31st July 

  • Adult - £35
  • Junior ( 0-16 yrs) - FREE
  • Senior Citizen - £34

Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd August

  • Adult - £30
  • Junior ( 0-16 yrs) - FREE
  • Senior Citizen - £29

Who are the CLA?

The CLA or Country Landowners Association is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales.

Through the experience and expertise of members and staff, we promote our members’ interests and influence decision-makers to ensure the positive development of the rural economy.

CLA professionals lobby continuously at EU, national and regional level in the interests of our members ensuring a visible presence and influence in the media and with Government.

We speak for everyone who believes in a living and working countryside and the Game Fair is a great demonstration of everything that is great about the British Countryside.

Posted by James on July 30th 2015

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