The Game Fair 2019: Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

26 - 28 July 2019

Set within the stunning grounds of Hatfield House, The Game Fair 2019 will have over 1000 exhibitors from big brand retail names, fine art and sculpture, to off-road experiences and fantastic food, drink and dining featuring the best of British food and drink from Gin makers Row to the Totally Food Area. 

 

Hatfield House is a country house set in a large park on the eastern side of the town of Hatfield in Hertfordshire. The present Jacobean house was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Sailsbury and Chief Minister to King James I, and has been the home of the Cecil family ever since. The estate includes extensive grounds and surviving parts of an earlier palace, the Royal Palace of Hatfield. The gardens, covering 42 acres, date from the early 17th Century and were laid out by John Tradescent the elder. The gardens included orchards, fountains, scented plants, water parterres, terraces, herb gardens and a foot maze. During World War I, the grounds were used to test the first British tanks. To commemorate this, the only surviving Mark I tank was sited at Hatfield from 1919 until 1970 before being moved to The Tank Museum, Bovington. 

 

Parts of both the interior and the exterior of the house have been featured in many films, including the 1984 film Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, and many of the interior scenes of the 'Wayne Manor' in the 1989 film Batman along with the sequel Batman Returns in 1992. The outside scenes of the two Lara Croft films with Angelina Jolie were shot at Hatfield House, and it serves as her home in the film. Other films include The New world, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Shakespeare in Love, Agatha Christie's Marple, Dustbin Baby, Sherlock Holmes, Get him to the Greek, My week with Marilyn, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, All the Money in the World, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp , V for Vendetta with Stephen Fry, The Avengers and featured extensively in the recent multi-award winning film The Favourite. TV series such as Antiques Roadshow, Alan Titchmarsh's Garden Secrets, MasterChef Austraila, and the BBC's Royal Upstairs Downstairs have all filmed in and around Hatfield House. 

 

Please see https://www.thegamefair.org/ for more information including opening times, ticket sales, camping and directions to the event.