There is absolutely loads to have a go at when you spend a day at Essex Game and Country Fair. We know that smaller people like to do, not just watch, and we have opportunities for them to have a go at things they will be bursting to write about in their weekend book when they get back to school! (Please note, places are restricted to first come, first served and there may be a height/age restriction on some activities)
A twenty minute falconry lesson with one of our expert falconers, learning how to hold these magnificent birds properly; how to fly them and a little bit about their care and background.
Great photo opportunity!
Have A Go Angling (free)
A twenty minute lesson with one of our fishermen from Salmon and Trout Conservation or Anglian Trust on how to bait your hook and cast it out ready to catch that fish. You will have a great time learning the principles of angling and may even make your first catch.
Have A Go ATEO Air Rifle Shooting (small charge)
Shooting static targets with state of the art rifles – what’s not to like? Our expert coaches are there to make sure you succeed with one to one coaching, and if you really get the hang of this you can enter our Living Heritage ATEO Challenge of 2017 and maybe even win your own BSA Cadet Rifle
Have a Go Archery (small charge)
We have bows of all sizes and just right for small hands, so come and learn how to fire that bow from our expert young coaches (one to one tuition) and by the end of the session you will be popping those balloon targets and hitting our dinosaur every time!
Have A Go History (free)
We have hordes of time travellers from all over history coming to join us at Essex. Have a go at wielding a medieval sword, or trying on a Victorian hat. See what they used to cook their dinner and where they sleep. Ask your questions of the people who know. Bring your homework and see if there’s someone here from your era!
Have A Go Medieval Games (free)
Not just medieval, we have games from many centuries in Fiery Jack’s Games Emporium: some you will know very well (like giant Jenga, or croquet) and some you will never have heard of before. Come and play! Challenge your friends or family, or challenge one of the gaming jesters who are always hanging around to explain the rules or get involved.
We have three different dog shows with child handling classes: if you have a lurcher there is the lurcher show, a terrier show for the terriers and the Fun Dog Show for all other breeds. In fact children are welcome to enter any class in any dog show, as long as they have control of the dog. Don’t forget your fancy dress costume for the Fun Dog Show!
Have a Go Dog Handling (free)
Bring your gun dog along to our gun dog clinic and our experienced handler Anthea Shelly will give you some top tips in handling him and even getting him to do some basic gun dog work.
Also for your gun dog we have the Essex heat of the Litran Junior Challenge 2018. Can you get your dog to retrieve a dummy either seen, blind or over some bales? Lots of help and no pressure: you’re there to have fun… but your dog might just surprise you!
Have a Go Clay Shooting (small charge)
After just a bit of tuition from our expert and experienced coaches, you might be amazed at what you can do.
With Clay Targets
Have a Go Star Shot (small charge)
Traditional clay shooting with a twist. Can you shoot the target in front of the highest scoring part of the grid?
Have A Go Crafts (small charge)
We have all types of crafts from sand art and painting pots, to throwing your own pot. You can make dinosaurs, sea-horses and all kids of magical creatures to take away with you. Suitable for all ages from the very youngest.
Cute and Cuddly (free)
Come and meet some of our small cute and furry creatures in the ferret or hamster tents. The ferrets will be racing every hour on the hour, so come and cheer on your favourites. The hamsters are there to look cute and enjoy the attention!
*parental warning: they do sell hamsters and cages! (But seriously if you are thinking of buying one anyway these are in the best possible condition)
Our expert fishermen will teach you the ancient art of fly-tying – and you may even be good enough to enter our annual competition!
Plenty more to see and do and sit and watch – Click here for details of more children’s attractions