This is what we know at the time of writing

Clayshooters in England are celebrating the re-opening of their sport after the COVID-19 shutdown. We’ve had a look around to see which clay grounds are open again in which regions (or are about to open). If there are any to add which you think should be included, please let us know and get in touch here at shootinguk@ti-media.com. We will then look at adding them to the list which we will be updating frequently.

Safety policies and procedures to prevent the spread of infection have been put in place in accordance with Government guidelines. All the clay grounds we mention below require pre-booking, so don’t just turn up expecting to shoot. Ring ahead for details and to double-check if the ground remains open or is opening as planned and don’t expect to be able to borrow a gun.

Which clay grounds are open again (or will re-open shortly)

South East England

A1 Shooting Ground

Re-opens 3 June

Atkin, Grant and Lang

 

Bisley Shooting Ground

The Long Siberia Pay & Play facility is open Tuesday to Sunday

EJ Churchill Shooting Ground

A statement on the site says: “We are delighted to announce that as of Saturday 23 rd May 2020, E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground will re-open. We will of course be adhering to all Government guidelines on hygiene protocol and social distancing, and would ask you to do the same. Over the last two months we have undertaken significant work to include installing Claymate, a Promatic automated release system, across the entire shooting ground. All current shotgun certificate holders can now shoot unaccompanied. We ask everyone to book in advance. Our booking lines will be open as of Wednesday 20th May from 9.00am, please call us on 01494 883227 or email reception@ejchurchill.com. Could everyone please bring your hat, glasses and ear defenders and any other PPE you require. We will have a limited supply available. For those wanting to use the Claymate system please bring your shotgun certificate. ”

Martin Gorse Wood

Opening 31st May

 

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Royal Berkshire Shooting School 

Shortly to announce dates for simulated game shoots and other competitions.

Spitfire Shoot

Sporting Targets, Bedfordshire

Open for pre-booked practice daily, conditions apply.

West Kent Shooting School

For Sporting clays only

New Beretta Silver Pigeon 1

Shooting at West London Shooting School

West London Shooting School 

Mark Heath, instructor manager advises: “We have put a large amount of effort into ensuring the safety of our clients and staff ready for when we are able to open in accordance with Government guidelines and CPSA advice together with the rest of the shooting industry. There will be an absolute focus on hygiene, safe space and safe operating procedures for everyone at the ground. Part of this will be achieved by the appointment only system that we have always operated and therefore controlling how many people are at the shooting school at any one time.”

 

South West England

Barbury Shooting School

Double Barrelled Podimore

Ian Coley Sporting 

 

Midlands & East Anglia

Cockett Farm

Doveridge Clay Sports 

Open from 27 May

Eriswell Lodge

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We are pleased to announce the reopening of Grimsthorpe Estate Shooting Ground on Wednesday the 27th of May 2020. Things will be different, however, we will endeavour to try to give you as close to the original experience as possible. We will be trialling a booking system that will be in place and live on our website at 12:00 this Wednesday 20th of May. You have two options, you can either book the 100 ESP course or the High Tower. You will not be able to shoot the tower as you head around the course without a prior booking. You will be able to book a slot every half an hour, this is your START time. You MUST be here AT LEAST 15 minutes before your start time to collect your promatic card and gather your equipment. Anyone late for their start time will not be allowed to shoot. You must then shoot the course numerically. There will be no double backing or going round twice. Anyone found to be abusing this rule will be politely asked to leave and will not be allowed to return until social distancing measures are lifted. Cartridges will be available to purchase and while the Rookery will be closed there will be bottled refreshments available to take away. The clubhouse will remain closed but you are very welcome to enjoy the terrace. Gift vouchers for clays are able to be redeemed during this time. Only card payments will be accepted. No cash. Slots are STRICTLY limited to two people, this can either be two people from the same household or two from different households. We understand that the above measures are strict but as we have said previously our intentions are to keep both yourselves and our staff safe. We will provide hand sanitising stations and ask you to use them before, during and after using the course. If this first week is a success we plan to release more slots for the following week and so on. We really look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards, The Grimsthorpe Team

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Grimsthorpe Estate Shooting School 

 

High Lodge Leisure

Honesberie Shooting

 

Kibworth Shooting Ground 

Lakeside Sporting

Lea Marston

Oxford Gun Company 

Oxfordshire Shooting School

 

Pinewood Shooting Ground

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Shooting at Oxford Gun Company

South Worcestershire Shooting Ground

Opening 3 June

North West

Graythwaite Aventure

Mickley Hall, Cheshire

Paintmine Woods