Game Fair all set for a silver year

There is always something exciting going on at the Scottish Game Fair.

There is always something exciting going on at the Scottish Game Fair.

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This weekend the GWCT Scottish Game Fair is pulling out all the stopsfor its silver anniversary event at Scone Palace from July 5 to 7.

This much-loved event is one of the major highlights in the countryside calendar and is renowned for its friendly atmosphere, wide variety of entertainment, competitions and excellent shopping.

The Fair offers an exciting weekend of activities, outstanding food and, importantly, an opportunity to learn more about wildlife and conservation all within stunning surroundings.

Almost 40,000 people are expected to descend on Scone Palace to join in the silver celebrations this summer and there is already a real buzz about the event which will celebrate the history of the Fair and those who made it what it is.

Officially opening this year’s event on Friday, July 5, will be shooting star Peter Wilson MBE who claimed an Olympic gold medal in 2012 for double trap shooting.

The opening will begin with a release of hundreds of silver balloons before everyone is invited to the Anniversary marquee to enjoy refreshments, live music and reminisce about Fairs gone by.

This year the event will also be engaging with Year of Natural Scotland – a nationwide celebration of Scotland’s great outdoors – by bringing immersive exhibitions and interactive displays to the showground.

New to the Fair this year is the Top Gear Experience simulator which puts you in some of the most up to date supercars, a Gnat Shoot where Guns can try and shoot motorised airborne targets and a show of traditional hill ponies – the best of which will be awarded the Fred Taylor Memorial Trophy.

The Fair occupies the perfect site, on the outskirts of the city of Perth, for visitors to participate in many exciting rural pursuits such as fly casting, gundog working and clay shooting.

In addition, it boasts nearly 400 trade stands, including the celebrated food hall, which offers a delicious selection of speciality food products from regional as well as national producers, including fresh oysters, handmade chocolates, traditional farmhouse cheeses and oak-smoked game, wine and locally brewed ales.

A 10 per cent discount is available for tickets booked online and to take advantage of this special offer visit the website at www.scottishfair.com.

A family ticket booked online is £34 while the gate price is £38. Individual adult tickets are £18 at the gate.