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The Game fair - Ragley Hall

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Hi Guys,

I'm looking to attend The game fair at Ragley hall this july, was wondering if any of you have been in previous years and what are your thoughts?

was looking to head there in the camper and make a weekend of it, can you really spend a weekend there? is there plenty to see and do? i don't want to book a weekends camping and be wanting to pack up after day 1

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I went there for a day,2 years ago. Plenty of guns etc on show for sale. An enjoyable day out but I couldn't do 2 days. I intend going this year, but mainly because of the free entry offered by BASC.

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Be there Saturday and Sunday, mainly to watch the dogs. Went last year plenty to see and do.

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There are a lot of trade and manufacturers stalls obviously covering guns, clothing, vehicles, specialised H&S equipment, as well as food and drink stands and artisan food and drink suppliers. You have an events arena with scheduled demonstrations and displays and experts giving talks on various topics. BASC and CPSA are represented. If you take your gun there is the Clay Line which includes a Sporting Shoot, Pool shoots and maybe a 'High Pheasant' challenge. I'm not sure I could spend two days there but the camping fee is not going to be extortionate so you are not going to lose much if you go home on the second morning. Especially as you get in for free if you are a BASC member.

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I went last year with my best mate and his missus loved it. Going on the Saturday this year which is also my birthday so there will be lots of shopping I have a list and also staying up there after to have dinner and drinks. Can't wait.

On 11/05/2018 at 20:49, B725 said:

Saturday for me and it will be my birthday 

We are twins lol

 

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looks like sunday for us i think. looking forward to it a good bunch of us going some members on here

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I bit the bullet and booked onto the campsite,

really looking forward to it....just hope the weather will be on our side! ?

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18 hours ago, Benkent said:

I went last year with my best mate and his missus loved it. Going on the Saturday this year which is also my birthday so there will be lots of shopping I have a list and also staying up there after to have dinner and drinks. Can't wait.

We are twins lol

We may be twins what was your milk man's name  lol

 

 

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Saturday for me , just 1/2 an hour drive , but will still go early , I know what the traffic will be like , mark where you park , otherwise you will be looking for it , the times I see people jumping up and down saying I'm sure I parked it round here?.

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2 hours ago, Benkent said:

Think it was Dave lol 

Can't be twins ours was Ernie and he is still around 

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not been to Wragley .did Chatsworth and Crickhowell   many many years ago twas huge then even bigger now? .debating whether to go with my daughter and her fella

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My Grandson has just told me I am going on the Friday, nice surprise. ( I hope he means to the Game Fair}

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I'll be there with the father and mother in law on the saturday. Mrs is most likely working so saves me buying her a ticket I suppose.

I didn't mind last years at all, I quite enjoyed it. I think the Game Fair offer plenty of food, entertainment, shooting and shops, it's as good a day out as you make it.

I noticed priority parking within the Game Fair itself is £40.00 I think I'll walk from the normal parking area this year.

I'm up for meeting some members, My father in law is the tightest rich bloke I know, he'll be hunting food samples and freebies for the majority of the day so i'll peel off  as it's painful. 

 

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5 hours ago, Saltings said:

if memory serves and you are a BASC member you get in for free please check BACS website 

That is correct, but according to the latest BASC magazine, you have to take your BASC membership card, a means of identification (with photo) i.e driving licence plus (and this is the bit that is new) one or all of the tickets printed in the latest magazine.

OB

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2 hours ago, Old Boggy said:

That is correct, but according to the latest BASC magazine, you have to take your BASC membership card, a means of identification (with photo) i.e driving licence plus (and this is the bit that is new) one or all of the tickets printed in the latest magazine.

OB

Membership card, correct (free) ticket for the day in question and photo identity. A shotgun/fac licence would be ideal.

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Think Saturday for me, I’m shopping for a .223 so even though if there’s no bargains I can at least get my hands on a good range and see what they feel like.

is there much reloading gear there?

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Visited today. 

No traffic problems getting in (early).  Didn't hear of any others having had problems.  No queues to get in.  Parking well organised, BASC 'free' ticket worked fine (thanks BASC).

Fairly well laid out, nice wide aisles, and reasonably signposted, plenty of maps up on boards.

Fishing village very thin - few stands there, but elsewhere, much as expected - possibly slightly fewer than last year?  As always loads of places/choices to eat, but all pretty expensive.  Had breakfast with friends in the James Martin Game Fair restaurant - expensive, but excellent fast service, good food, and copious top ups of tea/coffee/orange juice.  No problem getting seats to have a drink/coffee/eat around the show.

Came away fairly early and again, no traffic problems at all.

Overall a nice day out, but without the BASC ticket would have been a pretty expensive day.

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