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MHDE'Falconry Fair
MHDE'Falconry Fair

The nationally renowned Falconry Fair comes to the stunning grounds of Althorp House in what is the festival’s 24th anniversary.

The two-day fair will take place over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday, May 5 and Monday, May 6.

Internationally renowned Jemima Parry Jones, MBE will be leading flying displays and seminars. Other displays on show will include ‘The World of Eagles’, co-ordinated by the British Falconers Club’, giving visitors the opportunity to witness the eagle close-up.

A spokesperson for the event said: “The weekend is a special occasion in the falconry calendar. The link between mankind and birds of prey has held a romantic association.”

The weekend also boasts appearances from Game goer displays where a combination of dogs and ferrets will be shown in their work in unison with a Harris Hawk.

Hounds magazine reprentative, Michael Sugar, will be there to present local packs and co-ordinate the Beagle Show. The two full days of activity are also combined with a traditional country fair.

Archery trials, amusements, novelty dog shows and pony rides are on offer along with many other family-friendly activities.

Lots of quality trade stands will also feature at the event, selling a variety of high quality products, such as ceramics, glassware and textile crafts.

There will be about 70 specialist falconcry stands, to include books, sculpture and equipment and art from renowned Martin Brook and Carl Bass will also be on sale.

The festival is organised by British Falconry Fair Limited and has been described as the Leading Falconry and Raptor Event for the full 24 years it has been running.

The show will open at 10am on both days, with the arena events starting at 11am.

On the day, admission will cost £13 for adults and £5 for children, with under 5s free. For further information visit www.countryfairs.info or call 01588 672708.