Jubilee celebrations are fair game at Burghley

One of England’s greatest Elizabethan houses will be hosting three days of first-class entertainment over the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend – including an equestrian extreme event involving a horse and a big skateboard.

Burghley, on the edge of Georgian stone town of Stamford, Lincolnshire, will host the Living Heritage Game and Country Fair from 3-5 June, featuring some of the countryside’s top names and organisations.

From horse riding events to clay shooting, and from rural crafts to street food, visitors heading to the sweeping parkland surrounding the Tudor mansion are set for a right royal country treat as the nation marks the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

With the 16th Century house as a suitably stately backdrop, the annual Living Heritage Game and Country Fair returns to Burghley for 2022, promising even more country sports, rural activities and arena displays, alongside a large craft village and a food zone.

While there will be plenty of traditional country sports over the weekend, including have-a-go clay shooting, the main arena will be showcasing a more unusual pursuit… horseboarding, an extreme sport which combines horse riding and mountain boarding.

This little-known, up-and-coming equestrian challenge involves one horse and two riders, with one competitor on an off-road skateboard towed behind the horse, reaching speeds of over 30 mph around a series of obstacles.

More displays of speed and agility will come from a country fair favourite in the main arena, falconry, where crowds will be able to watch stunning birds of prey as they swoop and soar, with displays from some of the UK’s top falconers.

For more animal treats, The World of Dogs is a dedicated area for dog lovers featuring displays along with a gun-dog clinic, fun show, lurcher racing and plenty more besides, including ‘doggy shopping’ for pampered pooches.

In the craft village, there will also be demonstrations – including Glass Blowing and Chainsaw Carving – while the ‘Food Glorious Food’ area will host food producers and specialist street foods and drinks, plus a country kitchen featuring cookery demonstrations.

Tickets cost £16 adults, £15 over 65s, and £6 children (5-15).

For full details, see www.burghley.co.uk

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