The Northern Shooting Show takes place on the King’s Coronation weekend, with BASC members receiving complimentary admission on both days.
Six unmissable things to see and do at the Northern Shooting Show
BASC members are eligible for complimentary entry to the Northern Shooting Show, which takes place in Harrogate on 6-7 May.
Organisers are set to welcome 25,000 visitors to the annual Northern Shooting Show when it returns to the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May.
BASC members will enjoy complimentary entry and guest discounts on advance bookings. This year, parking will be free for all, courtesy of Browning. With the tagline ‘what’s a shooting show if you can’t pull the trigger?’, the hugely popular event will draw people from all over Britain as the nation celebrates the coronation of King Charles III.
Alongside have-a-go stands and demos dedicated to clay shooting, airguns, rifles, gundogs, gunmaking and airsoft, the bucket-list event will showcase wares from hundreds of shooting and countryside-focused exhibitors from around the world, for a truly unique shopping experience.
1. The E.J. Churchill clay line
Award-winning shooting ground and gunmaker E.J. Churchill will be running the clay line, offering clay shooting novices and seasoned experts alike a hands-on chance to get involved across the weekend. The E.J. Churchill clay line is set to include have-a-go stands, a 50-bird English sporting competition, a 25-bird sportrap competition and The Coronation Cup, which is a one-time, open-entry competition to commemorate the King’s Coronation. The competition boasts a £1,000 cash prize for the high Gun and further generous cash prizes up for grabs for ladies, juniors and veterans.
2. The Gundog Field
The Gundog Field, hosted by popular gundog trainer Darren Kirk, of Kirkbourne Spaniels, will showcase exciting demos and thrilling competitions for handlers of all levels. The competitions, which last year attracted over 200 dogs, include the long retrieve, the scurry, a junior handler class and the extremely competitive working test. Darren and his dogs will also be appearing in the arena three times a day, so don’t miss the chance to see them in action.
3. The World Hunter Field Target Championships
Aimed at elite airgun shooters, 240 competitors from all over the world will shoot two 40-target courses on both days of the show, made up of four standing, four kneeling and 32 prone targets. The overall winner will go home with a specially commissioned trophy and there are medals for the top three in each class.
4. The Airsoft Experience
Head to the Airsoft Experience to learn more about this fast-paced combat game. Have a go at airsoft for the first time, browse the latest equipment and accessories and chat to experts from local clubs to learn more about the sport. New for 2023, the Xsite Practical Shooting Club is organising a level three, IPSC Action Air Match with 12 stages to be shot on both days of the show, open to anyone with a short gun competition licence from the United Kingdom Practical Shooting Association (UKPSA).
5. The BASC Hunter’s Kitchen
Whet your appetite with cooking displays from some of Yorkshire’s best game chefs as they create imaginative dishes using ingredients from nature’s larder. Chefs already confirmed include Simon Whitehead of Pakefield Ferrets who will be creating a tasty rabbit dish, chef Cai Ap Bryn who will be giving a deer butchery demo, and Sophie Bagley with her moorland to microwave business Glorious Game.
6. Practical shooting, including mini rifles
Fancy having a go at practical shooting? Magload will be running a practical shooting stand giving newcomers of all ages the chance to try out both mini rifles and practical shotguns! The UKPSA will also be there to help answer any questions people might have about the sport and how to start in practical shooting.
Need to know
WHERE: The Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
WHEN: 6/7 May
*BASC members receive complimentary entry but must register in advance*
For information on ticket prices for non-members, and more about the show, please visit northernshootingshow.co.uk