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Thursday, August 07, 2008  •  09:01 GMT


The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (4-7 September) has long been synonymous with the best of international eventing but it is much more than just a premier sporting occasion.

For many of the 145,000 visitors the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials also goes hand in hand with shopping. With over 600 carefully selected retailers on-site, Burghley has become internationally recognised as a top shopping venue renowned for the quality and diversity of goods available - anything and everything from a pork pie to the latest Range Rover Sport.

As well as the traditional avenues of tradestands hosting many well known names from London’s Bond Street to local jewellers and county tailors there is the opportunity to browse through several specialist exhibition areas; The Burghley Lifestyle and Country Living Pavilions offer exclusive and eclectic collections of unusual products, bespoke furniture and luxury goods as well as many old favourites, while the large Rural Crafts Pavilions house over 150 stands and will provide the perfect inspiration for some early Christmas shopping. The Burghley Foodwalk, offering the best of British produce as well as the more exotic has proved increasingly popular with gourmets and those just looking for a quick bite to eat.

As you would expect at one of the world’s top equestrian events everything horsey from a hoof pick to a horseback safari will be found at the World of the Horse Pavilion and The Horse Village in the Deer Park where, as well as over 30 exhibitors, experts will be on hand to offer advice and answer questions. This year we will be launching a new ‘Celebrity Talk Area’ in the centre of the Exhibition Village and also be bringing in a Big Screen for all four days.

“I have grown up with Burghley and always gone shopping there but even now as a rider I will always ‘hit’ the trade stands – I love it,” says international rider Sarah Cohen (nee Cutteridge) a former member of the local Fitzwillliam Pony Club. “This year I don’t have a horse entered and the plus side is more time for shopping. It’s a great place to buy anything for the horses and I love wandering through the Rural Crafts – as you can always find something a bit different and make a start on the Christmas shopping – I love looking at the various wines and foods in The Foodwalk which when I am competing is the ideal place to find something for dinner.”

For shoppers who like to get the day off to an early start The Members' Enclosure opens in time for breakfast and provides the perfect retreat throughout the day.

There are preferential rates available for those booking tickets before 18th August and children under the age of 13, accompanied by an adult, enter the grounds free of charge.

Admission tickets do not admit to the main arena grandstands. There are a few tickets available for the main arena Thursday-Sunday, telephone Box Office 01933 304744 for availability.