Sales and temperatures soared, world records were broken and Blenheim was buzzing as a near record crowd of 148,500 people flocked into The CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, over the course of the weekend.
The figure is the second highest attendance at The CLA Game Fair in its 53-year history – beaten only by the 50th anniversary CLA Game Fair also held at Blenheim in 2008.
A key factor was the new traffic management system which saw problem-free access to car parks on the 700-acre show site for all three days.
CLA President William Worsley said: “The large number of visitors to The CLA Game Fair is testament to its wide appeal across all sectors of society and its position as the countryside’s biggest and best event. All four Defra ministers visited during the weekend showing the importance the Government places on The CLA Game Fair as a shop window for British rural life.”
Vincent Hedley Lewis, chairman of The CLA Game Fair Management Board, said: “The CLA Game Fair is appealing to a wider audience every year. Perhaps its strength is that it continues to remain fresh with new events and new ideas coming forward all the time. It truly is a world class event which offers visitors an insight into everything that is great about the British countryside.”