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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The game season will be brought to life during half-term (October 28 to November 1) at Audley End House and Gardens.
Families and food enthusiasts are being invited to step into a real-life period drama and make the most of hunting season with Lord Braybrooke and his friends and family as they don their tweed to hunt anything that flies or scampers.
The sights, sounds and smells of Victorian cookery and impressive displays of falconry will ensure the annual Game Week has plenty of fun, fur and feathers.
English Heritage’s costumed Victorian interpreters will be bringing the game season to life by demonstrating the entire process of gaming from the sky to the skillet. The resident cook at Audley End, Mrs Avis Crocombe, and her team, will transport onlookers back to the 1880’s giving them an insight into game preparation by demonstrating plucking, gutting and roasting. They will then prepare a delicious feast by authentically recreating recipes from Audley End’s original cookbook, including pheasant with rice, pigeon pie, rabbit soup and gingerbread cake.
There will even be free recipe cards available for visitors who wish to recreate these Victorian dishes at home.
In addition to learning more about game preparation, visitors will be treated to impressive aerial displays as falconers reveal the important role birds of prey played in the Victorian art of hunting and provide an exciting opportunity to see these spectacular birds up close and in flight. Timings for these 30 minute displays are:
11am - A hawk in the hand - the bird of prey as a hunting tool
1pm - Hawking for ground game
3pm - The bird hunters
Lucy Hutchings, events manager for English Heritage in the region, said: “Game was a very important part of life for the Braybrooke family and what better way to understand and enjoy this aspect of their life than in a fully functional Victorian kitchen that invites visitors to experience life on an estate above and below stairs.
“This event promises to be a great day out for all the family and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Audley End House and Gardens.”
Game Week will take place at Audley End between 11am and 4pm.
Prices (non-member): Adults £13.40 / concessions £12.10 / children £8 / family ticket £34.80. Ticket price includes entry to event, plus entry to the house and grounds.