With 300 exhibitors and plenty of chances to interact, the Northern Shooting Show is this year's must-visit, says Mark Layton
In just three years, the Northern Shooting Show has secured its place as one of the not to be missed events in the fieldsports calendar. And it is getting bigger. The organisers have added an extra hall — increasing the size of the show by a third, with more exhibitors and attractions lined up.
More than 300 exhibitors at 2018 Northern Shooting Show
With more than 300 exhibitors
in attendance, there will be plenty of popular brands returning to the show, along with many coming along for
the first time. You can expect to see names such as Beretta, Browning, Miroku and John Rigby & Co, alongside a variety of smaller specialist retailers.
Many manufacturers will be showcasing new products, giving visitors the chance to get their hands on guns and optics that are available to the UK market for the first time.
500m outdoor clay line
Excellent as it may be, the show is not all about the shopping experience; it is also a chance to pit your shooting skills against other visitors. The outdoor clay line is now more than 500m long, making it one of the largest in Europe and giving visitors the chance to take part in any one of a packed schedule of competitions or test a shotgun.
Practice and prizes
- There is also instruction from the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, game shooting coaching from BASC, demonstrations by the Muzzle Loaders Association of Great Britain and a pay-and-play practical shotgun steel target set up with a prize for the fastest Shot over the weekend.
- If you prefer airguns there are ranges to suit you too, and one for children, with the HFT — hunter, field, target — Masters Northern Shooting Show Championship on the Sunday.
- The gundog field is back, featuring demonstrations and clinics from Stoneycairn Gundogs as well as a one-off competition with a cash prize, and a seminar area for you to learn more about looking after your dog. Visitors can also stop by an interactive symposium area to learn about shooting and hunting and discuss topical issues.
- Be sure to bring your shotgun and firearm certificates with you, as there will also be eight police firearms licensing departments in attendance, with some of them doing variations, renewals and grant interviews on the day.
- Location: Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate, North Yorks HG2 8NZ
- Dates: 12-13 May 2018
- Opening times: 8.30am to 4.30pm on both days of the show. Car parks open at 6.45am.
- Tickets: You can buy tickets on the day (£15 per adult, £5 for children up to 15 years and free for under-eights) but it is cheaper to buy from the Northern Shooting show online. These tickets will also let you get in at 8am — 30 minutes before “on the day” visitors — and approve you for free priority parking on a first come, first served basis (1,000 spaces).
Taking place on Sat 12th & Sun 13th May 2018, at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, over 300 exhibitors…
While the show officially starts on
the morning of Saturday, 12 May,
those lucky enough to get tickets
will be starting early, with the
inaugural DNA Film Festival held
the night before. Organised by Pace
Brothers, in conjunction with the
Northern Shooting Show and Blaser
Sporting, this is the UK’s first film
festival dedicated to hunting and
includes films created by hunters
to demonstrate their passion for
All money raised on the night is being donated to the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s British Woodcock Appeal.