Belvoir Hunt offers rare glimpse behind the scenes

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The Belvoir Hunt’s kennels throw open their doors on Sunday, June 2, for a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of one of England’s oldest and most famous hound packs.

The open day in the grounds of Belvoir Castle features a lurcher show and dog agility, plus a family dog show with its popular ‘best sausage catcher’ finale. The event has trade stands, blacksmiths shoeing horses, a tug-of-war competition, and sheep shearing displays, a refreshment tent – and the chance to sponsor a hound.

The hounds, one of the few remaining packs of Old English foxhounds in the country, will be paraded by huntsman John Holliday. Visitors can see the hunt stables and hound kennels and trace hunt history through paintings and memorabilia.

Family dog show starts at noon. Access is from the Knipton gate and entry is by bucket donation. Details at www.belvoir-hunt.co.uk