Survivor's Guide to The Game Fair 2024

Survivor's Guide to The Game Fair 2024

Posted by John Jones on 11th Jun 2024

The Game Fair 2024 is right around the corner, and whether you're a seasoned attendee or a first-timer, preparation is key to making the most of this exciting event. The Gamefair 2024 is at the iconic Blenheim Palace, a truly great venue for a celebration of the British Countryside. As always, we will be exhibiting at the show this year and we very much hope to see you there. If you are attending here a few tips we’ve put together to help you enjoy the Gamefair to the max.

Gunmakers Row at The Game Fair

1. Plan Ahead

Accommodation: If you're traveling from afar, book your accommodation well in advance, because local stuff tends to get fully booked quickly.

Tickets: Purchase your tickets online to avoid long queues at the entrance. Look out for early bird discounts and special packages.

Schedule: Familiarize yourself with the event schedule. Highlights include falconry displays, gundog competitions, clay shooting, and live music. Plan your day to catch your favourite activities and leave room for spontaneous exploration. Most import of all don’t forget to come and see us at Philip Morris & Son to sort yourself out a new outfit for the season ahead!

2. What to Wear – Your Gamefair Outfit

Comfortable Clothing: Much like a day at the races, people really go for it with their Gamefair outfits. The Game Fair is a showcase of country style, so think practical yet stylish—tweed jackets, waterproofs, and sturdy boots, and dress in layers to adapt to changing weather. It goes without saying that if you want to truly look the part then, Gentlemen, you need a Schoffel Oakham Gilet, and, Ladies, you need to be in Fairfax and Favour Regina Boots.

Schoffel fleece gilets on display at The Game Fair

Footwear: Expect a lot of walking, possibly on uneven or muddy ground. If it’s been wet don’t forget wellies or walking boots. We love people who do forget them as we are only too happy to sell you a new pair of Le Chameau or Barbour Wellies (on a wet show day we can end up with 100s of empty welly boxes as people put their new purchase straight on their feet!), but planning ahead could save you a few quid!

Discarded Welly Boxes at a Muddy Game Fair

Accessories: Don’t forget a hat and sunglasses for sun protection, and a lightweight backpack for carrying essentials. Again, we’ll be very happy to sell you a new nice new Barbour cap, but planning ahead helps!

3. Essential Gear

Hydration and Snacks: While there are plenty of food stalls, carrying a water bottle and some snacks can keep you energized throughout the day.

Tech Savvy: Ensure your phone is fully charged, and consider bringing a portable charger. A smartphone will be handy for navigating the event map, taking photos, and staying connected with your group. Once lost at the Gamefair it takes some finding a person if your mobile has died.

Suncream: Just as the Gamefair might require you to bring wellies, it also has a habit of getting you to reach for the suncream. You’re going to be outdoors for nearly the entire day, and many is the time I’ve seen people looking very beetroot red by the end of the day.

4. Plan your Route Round the Ground

Arrival: Arrive early to avoid the busiest times and secure good parking. The gates typically open at 9:00am, but getting there a bit earlier can give you a head start.

Map and Info: Grab a map and event guide upon entry. These will help you locate key areas such as restrooms, first aid stations, and specific exhibitors.

5. Making the Most of Exhibits and Shopping

Prioritize: Identify must-see exhibitors and attractions. If there are specific brands or products you’re interested in, visit those stands early before they get too crowded.

Demos and Workshops: Take advantage of the many demos and workshops offered. They provide valuable insights and a chance to try out new products.

Footwear and wellies on display at The Game Fair

Bargain Hunting: Keep an eye out for exclusive event discounts and offers. Exhibitors often have special deals that you won’t find elsewhere, and we are no exceptions to this on the Philip Morris & Son stand. We’ll have exceptional bargains on last year’s end of line items, as well as a first chance to get hold of new season launches from BarbourSchoffelHarkila and others.

Pick your shopping up later: The shopping is excellent at the Gamefair, but carrying your new purchases around all days is no fun. Most retailers will happily hold onto your purchases for you to pick up on the way back to the car, so I’d recommend making use of this.

Philip Morris and Son stand at The Game Fair

6. Capture the Moments

Photography: Bring a camera or use your smartphone to capture memories. From stunning displays to candid moments, you’ll want to look back on the highlights.

Share Your Experience: Use social media to share your Game Fair journey. Tag the event and use relevant hashtags such as #TGF2024 and #TheGameFair to connect with other attendees and keep up with live updates. Don’t forget to tag us enjoying your new purchases @philipmorrisandson on InstagramFacebook and TikTok!

Final Thoughts

The Game Fair 2024 at Blenheim Palace promises to be a memorable event filled with excitement, learning, and camaraderie. With a bit of preparation and the right mindset, you’re set for an incredible experience. Pack your essentials, plan your days, and get ready to immerse yourself in the best of country life. We really hope to see you there for a fabulous 2024 Game Fair. Drop by our stand M2430 on Gunmakers Row to say 'hello'!

Philip Morris and Son stand at The Game Fair