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Join us for an amazing event in Warwickshire with the only venue in the United Kingdom specialising in camels. Joseph Fossett has been training animals for 35 years including not only camels, but lions, tigers, elephants and bears. The camels have been delighting audiences across the country for nearly twenty years and they have been used for a wide range of films and television work; this is the first occasion on which they have featured in a TimeLine Event. This gives the chance for dedicated photography against neutral backdrops as opposed to the hustle and bustle of a more public setting.
Camel racing is an extremely popular activity in the Middle East. The costumes are extremely colourful and many totally historically accurate. For the racing, specially trained jockeys wear bright Arabian-style costume which should provide some fantastic photographic opportunities. Mind you, who knows what camera club judges will make of the results, as we suspect very few similar photographic events - if any - have been held.
Two main varieties of camel live on the farm, these being Dromedaries with one hump and Bactrian with two humps - doubtless both types will present themselves for photography at some point in proceedings! The origins of all domestic camels emanates from the species found in the Gobi Desert. Dromedaries are found in Africa, the Middle East, India and Australia - the Afghans who were helping build the railways across Australia in the 1870s were responsible for their introduction 'Down Under' and there remains a considerable wild camel population in the country. Bactrian camels are found in Mongolia, China, Russia and India amongst other countries. Their ability to survive without water is legendary - up to ten days - and they can drink 25 gallons in just ten minutes when at the water column, a match for even the most prolific of our real ale devotees! The animals are extremely good-natured and very good subjects for photography.
Our event will start around 13.30 but please feel free to arrive on site from 13.00 hours. During the afternoon we will have many posed opportunities building up to a series of camel races for the final couple of hours of the event, with four camels making a dash for the finishing line - with the incentive of something tasty for them as a reward for their efforts. We will run until approximately 18.00 hours
This is not an easy event to stage but hopefully the rarity of the opportunity will compensate for the slightly higher price we have to charge. The team caring for the camels and arranging the races are extremely professional and experienced and we are sure to have an entertaining time.
- Spare batteries
- Lense cloths
- Camera protection - rain covers etc
- Sturdy outdoor shoes
- Warm clothing
- Wet weather gear