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).

Film festival

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 
the sport.
All money raised on the night 
is being donated to the Game 
& Wildlife Conservation Trust’s British Woodcock Appeal.