In our Countryside Arena at the Thame Country Fair, we focus on traditional countryside pursuits as well as a few rather unique demonstrations!
Watch these stunning birds of prey as they swoop and soar above the Countryside Arena. Handled by some of the UK’s top falconers, lead by Ben Long, you will learn the different ways in which hawk, buzzards and falcons fly and you may even have the opportunity to come into the arena and fly one yourself. A more interactive display than in the Andy Singleton arena with opportunities to get involved.
Again, you are welcome to meet the birds afterwards in the designated Falconry Marquee.
Shire Horse Logging
An Interesting arena demonstration illustrating how timber was handled prior to the mechanised systems of work that are standard today. Indeed Shire Horses are still used today where terrain or ground conditions are to extreme to allow motorised access.
The displays are given by Tom & Jo Henfrey and son, the home of “Park Percherons”, Percherons are one of the oldest draft horses in the world originating in western France.
Tom & Jo Henfrey have been British Heavy Horse Driven Champions on many occasions with our pair and team . Having won numerous county shows over the last 40 years , and enjoy giving all kinds of demonstrations .
In the slightly smaller Countryside Arena, the Intermediate Horseboarding teams will be competing: horse and rider pulling a boarder around an obstacle course in the fastest possible time. There will be thrills and spills and once you start watching you will definitely want to stay to the last boarder.
Gun dog experts Paul Makepeace and Aubrey Ladyman will be showing how they train their spaniel and retriever dogs from tiny puppies right through to reliable dogs able to participate in a day’s shoot. They will also be showing you how to overcome some of the difficulties which can arise in training and will be open to any questions afterwards if you are wondering how to proceed with your own dog!
Gundogs and Falconry
Don’t miss the incredibly synergy of these gun dogs and birds of prey working together. Although the dog is a natural predator to the bird, with Paul Makepeace handling the dogs, and Ben Long handling the birds they work together as dogs and birds did in Tudor times.
We have three rather sleek and gorgeous jaguar cars coming to Thame Country Fair – a Grey 4.2 ltr supercharged Jaguar 420BHP limited to 155mph, a green and black Jaguar 4.2 LTR – 300 BHP – 155 MPH limited and a blue and orange Jaguar 5.0 ltr V8 Supercharged 542 BHP – 186 MPH limited.
We may be lacking in water in the Countryside Arena, but our angling experts Peter Johnson and Barry Grantham will be welcoming young volunteers into the arena to learn about fly casting in this informative demonstration.
If this grabs your interest, head over to our angling marquee where you can book your own individual tuition, or ask any questions of our angling experts from Trout and Salmon Conservation UK or the Angling Trust.