Hampshire Country Sports Day returns to Bereleigh Estate in September to showcase field sports for all the family

A VILLAGE in the Meon Valley will once again host Hampshire Country Sports Day.

Hampshire Country Sports Day celebrates the countryside and the people and animals who live and work there.

The event will take place at the Bereleigh estate in East Meon, near Petersfield, on September 11.

A range of artisan buys, demonstrations, ‘must try’ activities and competitions will be open to sports day visitors.

An arena program will feature a range of rural sports, including hunting dog training, fishing, skeet shooting and falconry demonstrations.

Bill Tyrwhitt-Drake, chairman of Hampshire Country Sports Day, said: “We try to set a good example of all that people can do in the world of sport on the pitch and part of it is also competition.

“Last year we had around 3,500 people and that’s usually our number most years. We seem to have a throng of loyal supporters who show up in September.

“People will have a very pleasant day. It’s a very special show, quite intimate. And we have a real arena with lots of demonstrations, we have lots of food stalls, a real bar and there’s just something for everyone for a whole day.

The event was introduced 42 years ago by one of the masters of Bereleigh Estate to allow everyone, regardless of age, to try their hand at different outdoor sports.

Olympic medalist Richard Faulds MBE and his team from Owls Lodge Shooting School will return to the grounds to provide clay pigeon shooting for beginners and competition for clay shooting enthusiasts.

The Raven Field Archers and Meon Valley Air Guns will also be offering introductory archery and shooting lessons and sessions.

Around 60 trade stalls will be on site selling a variety of jewellery, outdoor clothing and handmade items, alongside vendors of local and artisan pizzas, roast pork, pancakes, Cornish pasties, of cider, beer, mead, donuts and ice cream.

The family dog ​​show means that visitors can enter classes such as the prettiest female dog, the most beautiful dog, the best master child, the most waggie tail, the scruffiest dog, the best puppy and the best veteran, followed by the championship made up of the winners of the first class.

The event will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday September 11 at the Bereleigh Estate in Petersfield.

To find out more and read the full program go to hampshirecountrysportsday.co.uk/.

Tickets available at the door or at a discount if pre-booked online at ticketsource.co.uk/hcsd.

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