Crowds in their thousands will this Summer descend on the East of England Showground in Peterborough for the annual Lycetts Festival of Hunting, taking place on Wednesday 17th July 2019 with tickets now on sale. The prestigious and historic occasion is to be one of the most anticipated days of the summer social calendar with the countryside community out in force. The event offers a glorious annual showcase for the world of hunting boasting the greatest gathering of hounds in the country.
East of England Agricultural Society CEO and Secretary of The Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show, Jeremy Staples said: “The date is set for Lycetts Festival of Hunting with plans firmly underway to ensure 2019 is a year not to be forgotten. We are delighted with the standing the event has achieved in recent years as it continues to grow year-on-year, attracting not only those with an active interest in the hunting world, but the wider lifestyle visitor too. This year’s event will seamlessly blend tradition and modernity as it plays host to both the 131st Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show together with marking the launch of a new Young Vice Presidents Membership and Young Handlers Class. These newly introduced initiatives seek to champion the opportunities in rural pursuits available to the next generation by offering unique access to the standout event in the hunting calendar. We are very much looking forward to welcoming fresh faces together with longstanding supporters when we open the gates to the East of England Showground on Wednesday 17th July.”
The Young Vice Presidents Membership is available to those aged 25 and under and seeks to engage tomorrow’s rural community with the world of hunting. Together with a Young Vice Presidents named badge and discounted membership priced at £25, Young Vice Presidents will receive a reserved seat in the Foxhound Enclosure and be eligible to purchase guest badges for the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show, Lycetts Festival of Hunting and Vice Presidents Luncheon. Registration is now open on the Lycetts Festival of Hunting website.
As a recognition of those who give their time freely in support of the sport, this year also sees the introduction of a new class for young handlers of hunts exhibiting at Lycetts Festival of Hunting. The class will be eligible for those aged 12 to 16 who regularly help with hounds of hunts exhibiting at the event. Competitors will be required to show a single hound with the aim of demonstrating their knowledge, experience and control of the animal.
The wonderful spectacle of hounds competing in the outdoor rings will be as colourful as ever, with the attendance of Harriers, Beagles, Basset Hounds, Draghounds and Bloodhounds. The Blencathra Fellhounds will return following a debut parade in the Foxhound Ring last year. The Sealey Terriers, Coursing Dogs and The Fitzwilliam Eagle are also set to provide a wonderful sight for visitors.
A full video from last year’s event is available to view at: www.festivalofhunting.com