If sunshine is the best medicine, then we would advise you to make your way to Scarvagh House, Banbridge for a weekend of country sports, food, family fun and music at this year’s CountrySports Fair on the 26th and 27th of May.

Event Director, Derek Lutton commented on Northern Sound …“The NI Country Sports Fair is about getting people involved in activities they haven’t had the opportunity to try anywhere. The show is set up to give people an experience, discover new hobbies and get them outdoors. This year’s festival is definitely going to be the biggest one to date.

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This superb festival will give you and your family a taste for all matters of outdoor country life. The 2018 NI CountrySports Fair is looking to be the best ever yet with a wealth of activities.

Family attractions include the Phoenix Falconry Birds of Prey Demonstration (Scotland), Cossak display and also a horse and hound display by Newry Hunt. Main arena line up details can be found on http://www.countrysportsfairs.com/main-arena/

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With an even larger Crafts Village at the show this year, you can expect to find everything from scented candles to soft furnishings, handmade jewellery to ladies handbags, scarves and accessories and wood turned items to personalised children’s toys.  The Crafty Artisan Food Village will display an amazing selection of fresh, artisan, fine food and drink for you to sample and purchase over both days of the show.

Countrysports Fair: Scarvagh House 28& 29th May 2016 ©Paul Byrne Photography
Countrysports Fair: Scarvagh House 28& 29th May 2016 ©Paul Byrne Photography

The festival has introduced a new dedicated Pet Arena.  Each day visitors and their pet dogs can get involved in the fun and action by coming along to the Pet Arena at designated times. See the link for more details. http://www.countrysportsfairs.com/pet-dog-events/

National Countrysports Fair, Scarvagh House, 27th & 28th May 2017 ©Edward Byrne Photography
National Countrysports Fair, Scarvagh House, 27th & 28th May 2017 ©Edward Byrne Photography

There is a lot for younger visitors to see and to participate in at the show.  With many attractions, demonstrations and have-a-go activities, children will have a fun, learning experience over the two days.  See the link for more details. http://www.countrysportsfairs.com/childrens-activities/

There will also be music throughout the festival with national headline act, Lisa McHugh as one of the main artists on the bill. http://www.countrysportsfairs.com/music/

The NI Country Sports Fair is held on the grounds and fabulous surroundings of Scarvagh House, Banbridge, Co. Armagh. Visitors to the NI country Sports Fair will be glad to know that U16’s go free and the festival also ensured that free parking is available throughout the 2 day event.

Families looking for accommodation during the event can find discounted packages with local hotels secured for the weekend of the fair. More information is available at http://www.countrysportsfairs.com/accommodation/.

The NI CountrySports Fair is proudly supported by Tourism NI, the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme and ABC Council

For further information on the event please visit www.countrysportsfairs.com.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/countrysportsfairs or on Twitter at @CSFairs.