NI Countrysports Fair – This weekend!

NI Countrysports Fair – This weekend!

Following on from the success of last year’s show, plans are already at an advanced stage for an even bigger and better NI Countrysports Fair at Scarvagh House, Scarva, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland on 27th and 28th May 2017

Visitors to the show can expect to find a full programme of game fair activities and attractions each day including Angling for the Young, Fly Tying and Casting Demonstrations and Master Classes, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Equestrian Competitions, Gun Dog Tests, Lurcher and Terrier Racing and Showing, Archery, Air Rifle Shooting, Ferreting, Falconry Displays and Demonstrations etc. 

Young Anglers at the NI Countrysports Fair

Fair director, Derek Lutton, says, “there is no better way to keep angling in Ireland alive than to instil a love for fishing in the heart of our young people. It is this love for the sport of fishing that we at the NI Countrysports Fair want to nurture and see passed down from our experienced anglers to a whole new generation. What better way is there to create future guardians of our waterways, lakes and lough’s here in Ireland and to help ensure that they thrive for many years to come?”

After the introduction of a new and exciting angling initiative for our younger visitors over the last couple of years, we are again delighted to have the support of DAERA (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs) and APGAI (Association of Professional Game Angling Instructors) at the 2017 event. In addition to the usual master classes in fly tying and fly casting, provided by the very talented and qualified instructors from APGAI, younger visitors to the show will be able to learn the art of angling from start to finish.  They will be introduced to our various native fish at the DAERA fish tank, given their license, shown how to tie a fly, taught how to cast a line, catch a fish and then cook it using a simple recipe at the show. 

In addition there will be traders at the show selling a wide range of fishing tackle and equipment, so anglers, whether new or experienced, will be spoiled for choice.

This is a family event too catering for all ages with its have-a-go activities, pet shows, family area with full live music line up each day and the action-packed two-day main arena; not to mention the superb range of trade stands including Country Lifestyle, Country Clothing and Accessories, Artisan Food & Produce and Crafts and Rural Life Displays.

Located just two miles from the A1 carriageway at Loughbrickland, on the main Belfast to Dublin road, the show venue has a superb central location with easy access from all the main arterial routes.  Being only a 15 minute drive from the border city of Newry and an hour from Dublin, it is a real draw for visitors and competitors from the Republic of Ireland. ]

This event is supported by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.  For more information on the fair email or visit their website at:  Also on Facebook at

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