Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate attracts crowds at annual fair

18th August, 2014

An 18,000-strong crowd flocked to Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate on August 16 and 17 for the Galloway Country Fair.

Rain didn’t dampen spirits at the annual event – which brings together country sports, entertainment, crafts, and more – with it proving again to be a huge draw for both locals and visitors from the UK and beyond.

From helicopter tours to electric bicycles and fire-breathers to falconry, the Fair featured a packed schedule of activities and entertainment.

The event has attracted in excess of 200 exhibitors offering everything from clothing and crafts to quality food and drink – including some weird and wonderful creations such as chocolate and venison pasties, whisky and orange cheese, mascarpone ice cream and more. The food hall was sponsored by Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd.

The Fair is in its 14th year, and has been held at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate for the past four years where it has gone from strength to strength.

Mark Coombs, Estate Manager, said “The Galloway Country Fair continues to attract huge crowds year on year and we are thrilled with the turnout.

“It is also a fantastic opportunity for businesses to showcase what they have to offer, with everyone from sole traders to large companies.

“The stunning backdrop of Drumlanrig Castle and natural beauty of the area make it a truly memorable experience for visitors.”

TV zoologist James McKay aka “The Animal Man” – who has featured on Springwatch, Blue Peter, GMTV and even supplied some of the animals used in the Harry Potter films – was amongst the star attractions this year with his falconry and animal roadshow.

Equestrian display troupe Les Amis d’Onno also wowed the crowds with a daredevil Barbarian tribal warfare display featuring death-defying horseback stunts.

The action-packed entertainment programme also included impressive displays from the Buccleuch Hounds and Scottish National Gundog Team, Highland Games, a sheep race and much more.