Broughton Game Show, 2011

The latest forecast for this Sunday is good and you’ve got to grab the sun while you can this summer so far.

So, what’s fun and entertaining this weekend?

Well, you could do worse than get over to Broughton Hall, near Skipton, for the Broughton Game Show. It’s on Sunday (packing sun cream might be a decent idea), costs £8 for adults to get in, £6 for seniors and £4 for children and the gates open at 10.00am.

What do you get for your hard-earned cash?

The Show aims to “present all that is good in the countryside” and raises money for local organisations – the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association which is based at Grassington, and the Cave Rescue Organisation whose home is Clapham.

Here’s a taste of what’s good in Yorkshire:

Archery You too can pretend you’re Robin Hood.
Ashley’s Steam Gallopers You’ve all seen Mary Poppins, right? Steam Gallopers are the carousel of horses going round and round, up and down. A real taste of history.
Dressage A display of equestrian finery and superb horsemanship.
Historic Vehicle Rally A regular at the show, there’s over 200 vintage vehicles, with vintage motorbikes as well. A real draw for the petrol-heads out there, or those looking for a bit of nostalgia. Maybe your first car is among them.
Duck Herding and Sheep Shearing Sheep shearing, OK. But duck herding? Got to be worth a laugh, at least.
Ferret show I hope they keep them away from the ducks!
Falconry flying Always an impressive display of this ancient sport. Falconry goes back to the Middle Ages and probably much further.
Spitfire fly past 2 Spitfires from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will fly past at 11.30am. Unlike modern fighter aircraft, which are gone before you’ve spotted them, the speed of these planes will mean you plenty of time to see them and take photos.
Jorvik Viking Encampment The Vikings came, pillaged, and eventually settled in Yorkshire more than a thousand years ago. See how our ancestors lived.
Rare Breeds Display Run by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. These breeds are battling to survive and need your support.
Vintage Tractors Unlike the huge, air conditioned, radio-blaring monsters of today, these mechanical work-horses look how like tractors should to look.

Remember, this is only a taste. There is plenty more going on including dog shows, terrier racing, poultry displays, country crafts, and much more. Plus over 150 trade stands, bars and catering.

The Birdman Challenge

And let’s not forget the amazing and compelling and hilarious ‘Birdman Challenge’. This is for all those eccentrics and, let’s face it, slightly deranged, among us who have a compelling urge to defy gravity – but don’t mind getting soaked.

There’s a £1,000 at stake. That’s the prize for the first non-powered flight across the river at Broughton Hall, with a cask of Dark Horse Brewery Ale for the longest flight before getting the inevitable drenching.

All this for just £8. It’s a winner.

More information

Location: Broughton Hall, Skipton, BD23 3AE. Just off the A59
Tickets: Bought at the gate. Adults £8, Seniors £6, Children £4
Gates open: 10.00am, Sunday, 26 June 2011

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