Whether it’s field sports, farming endeavours or equestrian events, here at Elm of Burford we love everything that the British countryside has to offer. And there’s no better way to celebrate rural life than with the fantastic events in our yearly calendar. Every year we attend numerous shows across the UK that celebrate the best of the countryside, enjoying the exciting atmosphere, brilliant events and meeting like minded individuals. Most of all, we love showcasing our fantastic range of products far and wide. Explore our summary of the best British events below, and make sure to add them to your calendar.
The British Shooting Show 17th – 19th February 2023
The number one event for shooting and field sports, this annual exhibition welcomes over 38,000 visitors to the NEC in Birmingham for a weekend of leisure, learning and shopping. Spanning over 6 halls, this event is endorsed by world-leading names in shooting and is the number one industry event. It’s the best place to explore a vast range of brands, English-crafted sporting guns and field sports accessories, and offers an unmissable opportunity to chat to professionals and learn all there is to know.
Badminton Horse Trails 4th – 8th May 2023
Set within the stunning grounds of the Badminton Estate in South Gloucestershire, the Badminton Horse Trials is an acclaimed event in the equestrian world and one of the top sporting occasions of the year. Welcoming over 180,000 visitors, many return year after year to soak up the thrilling atmosphere of this world-class event. The trials consist of some of the toughest and most exciting horse-riding events, while the bustling shopping village offers over 500 retailers to explore including well-known equestrian, food, fashion and lifestyle brands.
Royal Highland Show – Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 June 2023
This annual event held at Ingliston in Edinburgh showcases the best of food, farming and rural life and is fun for all the family. Dating from 1822, it is now the biggest agricultural show in Scotland, welcoming over 190,000 visitors, 1,000 exhibitors and 4,500 livestock every year. The show has something for everyone, from competitions and displays to shopping, live music and delicious food. It showcases the best livestock, agricultural produce and products, and even has an indoor space dedicated to shopping, food and drink.
Scottish Game Fair – Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July 2023
The Scottish Game fair celebrates the best of conservation and the countryside. With over 30,000 visitors, it’s a popular event attracting visitors from far and wide. It’s a weekend packed with country pursuits, with everything from fishing to shooting, archery to falconry. Fun for the whole family, it offers a range of activities for children while a wide range of exhibitors offer a unique shopping experience as well as a design and craft fair.
Great Yorkshire Show – Tuesday 11 – Friday 14 July 2023
One of the best agricultural shows in the UK, the Great Yorkshire show celebrates agriculture, food, farming and rural life. Welcoming over 140,000 people to its 250-acre showground, the four-day show shows off the best of the British countryside. Events include livestock competitions across the judging rings, showcasing of cutting-edge farming equipment, and show jumping by some of the best riders in the country. There’s truly something for everyone at the Great Yorkshire show, which is topped off with a fabulous food hall, a garden show and fantastic shopping zones where you can browse a vast array of products at your leisure.
The Game Fair Friday 28 – Sunday 30 July 2023
This year is the 65th Anniversary of The Game Fair which conveniently corresponds with Elm of Burford’s 30th year. Lots to celebrate at this special Game Fair 2023.
At the height of summer, the Game Fair offers a fun weekend of field sports and country pursuits. Dating to 1958, this event has become one of the best in the country calendar and hosts 100,000 people every year. With an itinerary bursting with activities, the Game Fair has everything from gun dog handling, clay shooting, archery, fishing, falconry, off-road driving and horse racing. Plus, a host of amazing food, drink and shopping stalls make this weekend one packed with entertainment.
Burghley Horse Trials Thursday 31 August – Sunday 3 September 2023
Bringing the summer schedule to a close is one of the most exciting equestrian events of the year. The Burghley Horse Trials is an annual event held at Burghley House near Stamford, Lincolnshire, and is known as one of the leading five-star equestrian events in the world. Featuring events in dressage, cross country and jumping, it is a landmark social and sporting event attracting brilliant crowds that return year upon year. It is also well-known for its fabulous shopping avenues which offer wonderful items for yourself, as well as for beloved horses and pets.