The Game Fair returns to Hatfield House in Hertfordshire on 26-28th July 2019, with unparalleled access to a vast catchment area and literally minutes from central London.
Lord and Lady Salisbury’s estate at Hatfield House will host the event again, attracting over 120,000 visitors to the 3-day event. The Game Fair are delighted to announce an ambitious plan of new attractions that will delight the crowds – including the installation of the largest show garden ever attempted – brought to life by leading educational institution Capel Manor College, of which Lady Salisbury is a Patron, and sponsored by Independently-Owned Private Client Investment Management Firm, Charles Stanley.
Capel Manor College is a leading education provider for those interested in plants, animals, flowers, trees and the environment, offering apprenticeships in London for those looking to work and contribute to the rural economy and urban regeneration. The college is uniquely placed to help Sadiq Khan’s latest plans for London to have more than 50% green space. The college can facilitate how people can take care of and maintain these green spaces in London.
The Game Fair Gardens, designed by Capel Manor’s Royal Horticultural Society gold medallists, will create an immersive and interactive experience, telling the story of the countryside, estates, country gardens, traditional practices and innovations through a number of themed gardens. Visitors can expect kitchen gardens, traditional crafts, art, sculpture and superb design at Hatfield House, which already has an international reputation among gardening enthusiasts. A stage at the centre of The Game Fair Gardens will also host Q&As, demos and debates.
James Gower, Managing Director of The Game Fair, explained: “A show garden on this scale has never been attempted before, but given its outstanding reputation for garden design, innovation and young talent, Capel Manor College is perfectly placed to deliver it at Hatfield House this summer. This ambitious display offers something different and will be a huge draw for the 120,000 visitors coming to The Game Fair this year.”
Lady Salisbury, who is Patron of Capel Manor College, said: “It is wonderful that this year The Game Fair is encouraging our apprentices and students to use their skills and knowledge to create a spectacular garden at Hatfield. As patron of the college, specialising in land-based subjects across London, I know this RHS award-winning team will provide inspiration to gardeners and will show with a good design, what can be grown. Seeing what people can do is always a pleasure as well as providing a vital contribution to our green open spaces.”
Malcolm Goodwin, Principal at Capel Manor College, added: “We are very excited to be bringing a substantial display of horticulture and environmental skills to The Game Fair at Hatfield House to showcase the many talents of our students and staff. The college provides fantastic opportunities for young people and career changers alike. This exhibit will show how people can have wonderful careers by learning how to create beautiful gardens, produce food from the land and look after the countryside, trees and wildlife to create a healthier, more attractive, productive and accessible environment for everyone.”