The inaugural Lancashire Game and Country Festival

Sharon Connery and Michael Simpkinson with pets Woody and Stella

Sharon Connery and Michael Simpkinson with pets Woody and Stella - Credit: Archant

Lancashire’s Game Festival looks like becoming an established annual event in the region’s outdoor calendar after a highly successful first show.

The weekend event, supported by Lancashire Life, attracted visitors from across the north, many keen to show support for the region’s game industry.

Despite damp weather on the opening day, Scorton showground welcomed thousands who saw a range of events from clay pigeon shooting to terrier racing. It was also a chance to showcase many aspects of the local game industry – including shooting, fishing and gundogs – as well as attracting some of the top sporting brands and leading industry bodies.

There were also countryside crafts, artisan food stalls and game cooking demonstrations. Lancashire Life’s marquee had Fleetwood animal artist Katie Hampson available to paint portraits of the many dogs brought to the festival.

Co-organiser Paul Whittingham said: ‘For a first show, it was very successful. There hasn’t been anything quite like this in Lancashire and we will certainly be doing it again.’ In fact, the weekend of September 10 and 11, 2016, has already been fixed.