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Objections to countryside game fair planned for Bloomsbury Square

Nearly 20,000 expected at free event in November

13 July, 2021 — By Tom Foot

Bloomsbury Square [Schlaier]

A GAME Fair set to take over Bloomsbury Square could trigger protests from animal rights campaigners.

The free event is billed as a “celebration of the countryside, food and shopping” targeting “affluent Londoners” with dozens of stalls and a restaurant with alcohol on sale.

It is open to the “whole Camden community”, according to organisers who are expecting 18,000 people to show up over three days in November.

Critics are concerned about hiring out the public space for commercial use and the potential for animal rights activists to lobby the event that has links to the hunting, shooting and fishing industries.

Albert Beale, who lives in Bloomsbury, said it was “outrageous that Camden would effectively take away our public space” for an “unsavoury” event.

He said Camden should be upfront about how much it made from hiring out public squares and whether “upmarket events would be treated differently”.

The National Game Fair Ltd has applied to Camden Council supply alcohol in Bloomsbury Square for a three days in November.

Event director James Gower told the New Journal: “It is a festive market which will be free to attend. Traders will sell gifts, clothing, art and food. The food element is a focus on ‘game’ – hence the name – salmon, trout, venison. We wanted to bring the feel of a trad­itional country event in to the heart of London.”

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