Part of the fun of The Game Fair is trying out new activities that may lead to a new hobby and/or sport. Here’s what’s on offer – there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

Airguns

Most people who shoot start their career by learning to shoot with an air rifle.

Whether you’re a newcomer to shooting or an experienced Shot, you’re sure to find something to appeal on our purpose-built airgun ranges. Expert tuition is on hand and you can have a go at various shooting disciplines, picking up some tips.

Archery

Archery is a sport that is is easy for everyone to take part in, from children to seniors and is accessible to people with a wide range of abilities.

Stratford Archers will be running the have-a-go archery area at The Game Fair and will be welcoming newcomers to the sport.

Clay shooting

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At the Subaru Shooting Line you can try your hand at shooting clays, whether you’re a complete novice or have had some experience. Our instructors will show you how to hold the gun, stand and where to watch the target. Again, this is a sport that both the young and older generations can try.

Coarse fishing

The River Glynne – which flows through the Blenheim Palace estate – is a beautiful place to cast a line.

You can try your hand at various fly and bait casting activities – both on land and in the water – to hone your skills or learn how to tie your very first fly.

The experienced Castspro team will be running baitcasting activities beside the bridge throughout the weekend – just visit the Get Into Fishing tent at the entrance to the Fishing Village.

Dogs

Bring your own dog to The Game Fair and compete in one of three fun have-a-go competitions – Open, Scramble, the Novice and Junior Scurry, as well as BASC’s own Scurry competitions. Daily prizes awarded.

Dog Agility

Visit our agility course, run by Mutts & Butts, which any breed can enjoy.

There’s no pressure. Dog agility is a fun sport that you can enjoy with your dog at your own pace and convenience. You don’t have to be fast – just have a good sense of humour (and some energy).

Fly fishing

If you like the idea of learning to fly cast or improving your Spey cast or double haul, then this is your opportunity.

The Fly Fishers International instructors are highly experienced game anglers and all have undergone rigorous preparation and examination to be certified as qualified, current and competent in health and safety, casting and fishing (or fly dressing), and teaching skills.

They are all insured, and trained in first aid, risk assessment and child protection procedures.

Fly tying

Fly tying is an artful craft, creating lifelike insect imitations to lure fish. Threads, feathers, and skill combine for effective flies. Learn how to make your own and improve your abilities.

There are special sections for children to master the art all weekend and a ladies fly tying event too (Saturday only).

Polo

Ever fancied playing polo? Here is your chance to pick-up some basic moves (like swinging a mallet), meet highly trained polo ponies and learn the rules. You’ll be under the careful guidance of the professionals at Oxford Polo. (Read more about Oxford Polo here.)

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