Hampshire Country Sports Day returns on September 14

Hampshire Country Sports Day returns on September 14

A falconry display at a recent show

Beagles on show

Hampshire Country Sports Day returns on September 14

First published in Winchester Romsey Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by

HAMPSHIRE Country Sports Day returns on Sunday September 14 to celebrate rural pursuits.

Organised by the Countryside Alliance, it will again be held at Tichborne Park near Alresford and features displays and competitions throughout the day.

Highlights include an inter-hunt show jumping competition, demonstrations from hunter gatherer Chris Green the Cornishman and from Jonathan Marshall Falconry.

There is also a clay pigeon shooting competition with tuition stands for those who’d like to try their hand at shooting, plus fishing demonstrations, gundog and family fun dog shows and a terrier and lurcher show.

For the first time in several years there will be no Clarissa Dickson Wright, the TV personality, who died in March. The Countryside Alliance is planning to give a tribute to Clarissa at the show.

Gates open at 9.30am and the main ring events start at 10 am. There will be more than 75 trade stands, and a varied choice of food and drink, with a bar.

Admission is £10 for adults and is free for children under 14 and the event will be signposted from Alresford.

Show chairman Bill Tyrwhitt-Drake said: “The Hampshire Country Sports Day is a great opportunity for newcomers to find out more about country pursuits, while enjoying a fantastic day out. The show has been running for over 30 years and all profits are donated to the Countryside Alliance to help with their campaigning work on behalf of rural communities.”

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