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The Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival
Game Fair Shanes Battle of Antrim 1798 British
Game Fair Shanes Battle of Antrim 1798 Irish Rebels

The Irish Game Fair at Shanes Castle is established as one of the biggest and best outdoor lifestyle events in Ireland. Now in its 41st year, its credentials as a serious county sports competition and as a fun-filled family day out are second to none. There is action right across the Fair grounds and an all-day arena entertainment programme.

So, what can you expect?

Sporting Country; National and International test competitions for gundogs. The Master McGrath & Mick the Miller Championship lurcher races. Clay pigeon shooting competitions with fabulous prizes (off main site). Dog shows & agility demonstrations. Fly casting competitions. Have-a-go fishing for children. Falconry, ferrets and long netting demonstrations

Country Culture; Horsemanship, Donkeys and carriage driving. Country Arts and Crafts, e.g. stick-making and taxidermy. Country and sporting books, including collectible editions. Cars and vehicles for country living. Huge retail village with country clothing, footwear, kitchen and homewares, fishing tackle, gun dealer’s row

Fine Food Festival; Two marquees featuring the finest foods, preserves, drinks, cheeses, oils, meats. A dedicated Good Food is in Our Nature marquee for Northern Ireland producers. Speciality Artisan producers from all-Ireland. Special foodie guests from Great Britain, like Sillfield Farm in Cumbria

Demonstration kitchen led by acclaimed food historian, chef and author, Emmett McCourt.

Living History: Discover a timeline of local history from the Vikings to the 1798 Rebellion. Fully costumed re-enactments of the Battle of Antrim, 1798. Medieval Jousting Tournament. Sporting guns of yesteryear demonstrations

And More; Meet the animals behind the scenes and in the arena. Full range of food and drink options. Children’s playground. Excellent comfort facilities

Free event programme and parking (Managed and secure parking).

Opening times

10:00 - 17:30 daily

Price list

Adult £10

Child £5

Family of 2 adults and up to 4 children £25


  • Free (parking charges may apply)

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  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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The Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival

Shanes Castle Randalstown Road
County Antrim
BT41 4NE
Phone number
T: (028) 4482 9167
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