31 May - 01 Jun
Pictured above at the corporate lunch at the 2013 Northern Ireland Countryside Festival – left to right: Lyall Plant (Chief Executive of Countryside Alliance Ireland), Ian Clarke (Director of Scottish Association for Country Sports), Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Jim Shannon MP, Lord Maurice Morrow MLA, Tommy Mayne (Director of BASC NI) and Bill Beckett (Northern Ireland Countryside Festival)
The Northern Ireland Countryside Festival which will be held over the period 31 May and 1 June 2014 has moved to Balmoral Park, Maze, Lisburn. This is an exciting development which will allow for further expansion of the Festival. The BASC NI team are very much look forward to working with the organisers to ensure yet another successful event, which is a showcase for country sports in Northern Ireland.
BASC staff will be on hand to give advice and guidance on a range of topics including wildlife legislation, firearms licensing, land management, conservation and BASC courses.
Back by popular demand will be the BASC ‘Taste of Game’ kitchen with exciting game menus prepared by Derek Patterson, a keen shooter and owner and chef of The Tannery in Moira. Joining the NI team on the stand will be Ulster Wildlife , highlighting the decline in the barn owl population and how people can help with the conservation efforts for this iconic species. Representatives from the NI Squirrel Forum and a number of volunteer red squirrel groups in NI will also be on the BASC stand to give advice on red squirrel conservation.
The BASC village will be even bigger and better than in previous years, with an increased number of BASC trade members and its own mini arena programme and demonstrations.
Members and visitors to the festival will see a wide range of BASC trade stands including:-
Outdoor Experience, with a wide range of quality outdoor clothing and footwear by leading brands such as Toggi, Musto, Le Chameau and Aigle.
J A Larmour & Sons, displaying Beretta, Browning and Miruko shotguns and accessories.
AA Monteith Son displaying Beretta, Browning, Perazzi & Benelli Shotguns and Sako, Tikka, Ruger and Remington rifles and accessories.
Beechview Kennels with the latest spec in top quality dog kennelling systems and accessories.
www.dogtransportboxes.com with a wide variety of dog transport boxes which can be tailor made for your vehicle.
Smyth Country Sports, Coleraine, Ireland’s largest Barbour retailer with the full best-selling range of Barbour’s Spring / Summer collection
BarKing, with their latest range of tough and durable waterproof dog beds manufactured locally at the company’s base in Newry
Outdoor & Country Sports Outdoor & Country Sports – leading supplier of fishing tackle, bait, hunting equipment and outdoor clothing.
Strangford Agencies – long established pheasant and poultry equipment supplier based in Comber, Co Down
Pawlines with a wide variety of dog leads, collars, training tools and dog grooming accessories
Gundeal is a Northern Ireland based web site, providing a format for dealers and individuals to list for sale anything associated with firearms
Any BASC trade member wishing to exhibit in the BASC village, should contact Laura on 028 92 60 50 50 or alternatively, email the BASC NI team using firstname.lastname@example.org
BASC NI will be running a Scurry at the Northern Ireland Countryside Festival. The Scurry, which is sponsored by Chudleys will be held on both Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June from 9am until close. The winner on each day will receive a rosette and a bag of Chudleys dog food and the fastest dog over both days will also receive a rosette and a bag of Chudleys dog food. For further information contact BASC NI.