Falconry fair comes to Althorp House

MHDE'Jemima Parry Jones
MHDE'Jemima Parry Jones

A FALCONRY fair will be coming to Althorp House at the beginning of next month.

The two-day family fun weekend will showcase some great entertainment including gundog training displays, falconry exhibitions, live music and trade stands and it is the first time in the 23 years of the event that it has been held in Northamptonshire.

The first lady of British falconry Jemima Parry-Jones MBE will be providing displays in the main arena.

She is a stalwart of raptor conservation and friend to falconers far and wide and gives an informative and highly-entertaining presentation in the main arena.

Graham Watkins, of the Oxfordshire-based Gamegoer Country Displays organisation, will be using a combination of dogs and ferrets to provide an impressive and thrilling arena entertainment event.

This is primarily about working dog training and the display focuses on how to train dogs and ferrets to work with a Harris hawk and how the animals work in unison.

A spokesman for the organisers said: “The Falconry and Raptor Fair will premier ultimate aspects of the falconry world.

“A variety of birds of prey demonstrations in the main arena including eagles, hawks, falcons and owls will delight visitors.

“The birds may also be viewed at close range to appreciate their magnificence on special displays.”

The Nottinghamshire Police Pipe Band will be appearing on both days.

They will be playing a variety of music, including tunes ranging from The Skye Boat Song, Amazing Grace and Highland Laddie.

Trade stalls will be selling greeting cards, ceramics, woodwork and glassware. There will also be 70 specialist falconry stands, including related items such as art, sculptures, books and equipment.

Artists specialising in falconry and raptor-related topics will also be on show.

Children’s quad bikes, bouncy castle and amusements will be available for the children to enjoy.

Children under the age of five go free. Admission is £12.50 and £5 for children over five with free car parking. The show runs from 10am to 6pm and for further information call 01588 672708 or www.countryfairs.info.