Thousands flocked to The Wiltshire Game and Country Fair on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the best of traditional country pursuits.

Marge Needham of organisers Living Heritage said: “Every year the shows get bigger and better.

“Tradesmen in particular come along because the event is so popular with people from around the UK.

“It’s a great event for the family, and we’ve had so much positive feedback.”

Dogs, horses and birds of prey, shooting and angling were among the attractions and members of the public enjoyed free, 20 minute tutorials on angling, falconry and gun dog handling.

Cooking was also represented and chef Tony Robertson showed how to whip up the perfect pigeon pie while TV chef and food archeologist Alan Coxon delved back in time to reveal some intriguing recipes .

Working dog demonstrations, lurcher racing and a Chase the Bunny race for pet dogs were on offer in the dog zone.

Horse lovers flocked to the scurry-racing and mounted games while others visited the craft show to see demonstrations of glass-blowing, stick-making, coppicing and chainsaw carving.

Ms Needham said: “It’s amazing how the fair has grown and grown.

“We always find that people love coming to Wiltshire and have fun whatever the weather.

“We will continue this event for as long as people want to come along.

“It seems that there really is a lot of interest.

“I think the main appeal is having something for everyone, from cooking to animal handling.”

The fair also provided plenty of shopping opportunities with over 150 country clothing and equipment stalls.

Ms Needham said: “We’ve had so much support, and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to Bowood.”