Each year, the Countryside Alliance‘s hunting newcomers’ week provides the ideal opportunity for those new to the sport to have a go. Newcomers’ week runs from 22-29 October this year with hunts from around the country putting on special meets and events to encourage people to get involved.

Last year, the week introduced hundreds of new people to trail hunting and hunting under the Act. Those hunts taking part are listed below.

Hunt: Carmarthenshire
Event: Newcomers’ meet on Saturday 29 October at 11am
Contact: Annette Kemp on annette2484@hotmail.co.uk for further details

Hunt: College Valley and North Northumberland
Event: Newcomers’ morning on Saturday 22 October at 9am
Contact: Andrew Taylor on 07973 256915 for further details

Hunt: Cottesmore
Event: Newcomers’ meet on Saturday 22 October
Contact: Clare Bell on 07854 587366 for further details

Hunt: Crawley & Horsham Hunt
Event: Newcomers’ day on Saturday 22 October
Contact: Amanda Bentley, amanda-bentley@sky.com for further details

Hunt: Dartmoor
Event: Newcomers’ social evening at 7pm on Friday 21 October. Come and meet a ‘hunting buddy’, try your hand at horn blowing and take part in our quiz. Bar and nibbles available. Followed by our Newcomers’/childrens’ meet on Saturday 22 October
Contact: Amelia Eyston on 07801 108050 for further details

Hunt: East Kent With West Street
Event: Newcomers’ meet on Saturday 22 October at 9.30am
Contact: Lucinda Thompson, lucinda.thompson@btinternet.com for further details

Hunt: Fitzwilliam (Milton)
Event: Newcomers’ meet at 8am on Saturday 29 October
Contact: Karen Silcock on 01487 841722 or secretary@fitzwilliamhunt.com for further details

Hunt: Gelligaer Farmers Hunt
Event: Newcomers’ meet on Wednesday 26 October
Contact: David Burles on 01495 371097 for further information

Hunt: Golden Valley Hunt
Event: Newcomers’/children’s fun Autumn hunting day followed by BBQ on 29 October at 10am. Join us for a “meet the hounds session” before the meet and a hunting knowledge quiz after the meet at the BBQ, with prizes
Contact: the Masters, Darren 07970 623275 or Mike 01982 510231 for further details

Hunt: Hampshire Hunt
Event: Newcomers’ day on Saturday 29 October at 10am
Contact: the secretaries on 01420 562090/07778 393200 info@hampshirehunt.co.uk

Hunt: High Peak Hunt
Event: Newcomers’/Pony Club meet on Wednesday 26 October at 7.30am
Contact: Pip Clayton, Field Secretary on 07970 120966 for further details

Hunt: Jedforest
Contact: Jennie Pole on 07760 238596 for information

Hunt: Lauderdale Hunt
Event: Newcomers’ meet at 9am on Saturday 22 October, to include bacon rolls
Contact: Claire Bellamy on 07929 543693 for further information

Hunt: Meynell & South Staffordshire Hunt
Event: Newcomers’/Pony Club meets at 9am on Saturday 22 October, Thursday 27 October and Saturday 29 October
Contact: Rachael Morley on 07889 083194 or Louise Moore on 07990 550547 for further details and to book your place

Hunt: Middleton
Event: Newcomers’ breakfast meet on Saturday 22 October followed by a ‘meet the team’ day on Monday 24 October
Contact: Brian Tarver brian.tarver@btinternet.com or 07802 906093

Hunt: Modbury Harriers
Event: Newcomers’ meet on Saturday 22 October
Contact: Sorrel Dryden on 07534 222980 for further details

Hunt: North Cotswold
Event: Newcomers’ day on Saturday 29 October
Contact: Emily Russell on 07794 138360 or emily.russell1@me.com for further details

Hunt: North Norfolk Harriers
Event: Monday 24 October 11.00am-12.30pm – Newcomers’ morning at The Kennels. Open to all and is a chance to meet the hounds and staff, explain the hunting day and answer any questions you may have. Followed by a Newcomers’ meet on Tuesday 25 October at 8.30am
Contact: Amanda Brownlow 01263 740446 for further details

Hunt: Oakley Hunt
Event: Newcomers’ meet on Saturday 29 October
Contact: Caroline Evans MFH 07734 418598 for further details

Hunt: Puckeridge
Event: Newcomers’ meet on Saturday 22 October at 7.30am
Contact: Neil Pearson on 01799 584182 (evenings) or 07801 349315 (days) for further details

Hunt: Seavington Hunt
Event: Newcomers’ meet on Saturday 22 October
Contact: Annabelle Boucher on 07946 805696 for further information

Hunt: South Dorset Hunt
Event: Newcomers’ day on Tuesday 25 October. 10am talk from Dominic Jones MFH, 11am mounted meet followed by autumn hunting. Barbecque/burgers etc from 1.30pm
Contact: The Hon Secretary on 01258 860614 for further details

Hunt: South Tetcott Hunt
Event: Newcomers’ meet on Saturday 22 October
Contact: Karen Chubb on 07796 263953 or by email, Karen.chubb71@btinternet.com for further details

Hunt: Spooner’s & West Dartmoor Foxhounds
Event: Saturday October 22 Newcomers’ meet. Breakfast with the Master at 9am
Contact: the Kennels on 01822 852178 for further details or the Secretary, Kate Shobrook on 07966 968578 or secretary@spoonerswd.co.uk

Hunt: Stevenstone
Event: Newcomers’/Pony Club meet on Saturday 22 October at 10am
Contact: Wendy Chope on 07891 329638 for further details

Hunt: Suffolk Hunt
Event: Newcomers’ day on Tuesday 25 October 8am. Breakfast afterwards and meet the team, have all your queries answered
Contact: Clare Brown, hawsteadlodge@gmail.com for further details

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Hunt: Surrey Union
Event: Newcomers’ meet on Saturday 22 October at 2.30pm
Contact: Catherine Heilbron on 07798 676250 for further details

Hunt: Thurlow Hunt
Event: Newcomers’ day to coincide with breakfast meet on Saturday 29 October at 7.30am
Contact: either Jane Sheppard on 01440 783209, s.j.sheppard@hotmail.co.uk or Mel Sharp on 07714 263601, melsharp@tb-horse.demon.co.uk for further details

Hunt: Warwickshire
Event: Newcomers’ day on Saturday 22 October at 8am
Contact: Charmian Green on 07868 328675 for further details

Hunt: Western Hunt
Event: Newcomers’ meet on Saturday 29 October at 10am. Bacon rolls and hot drinks available
Contact: Sarah Baker on 07818 407484 for further details

Hunt: Woolaston Basset Hounds
Event: Newcomers’ day at the Kennels on Sunday 23 October starting at 2pm
Contact: John Carter on 07968 996725 for further details