When? 12-13 May
Where? Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
Ticket prices: £12 adult, £3 child advance
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Call: 01472 809727
After a debut in 2016 and a successful return last year, the Northern Shooting Show is ready for its third outing on 12-13 May – and we can’t wait.
The show grows once again when it returns to the Yorkshire Event Centre, with an extra hall crammed with some of the greats of the shooting industry. That includes the likes of… deep breath… Sako, Tikka, Blaser, Mauser, Merkel, Sauer, Swarovski, Zeiss, Schmidt & Bender and Hawke. And that’s just rifles and scopes – there’ll be a host of shotgun and airgun brands plus clothing, accessories and retailers too.
This year, the show is set to excel in terms of quality, not just quality. “Many of the manufacturers will be bringing their stands straight from IWA, the huge trade-only show in Germany, so it will certainly be impressive,” says Paul Whitelam, one of the show’s organisers. “They are also taking the opportunity to follow up their European trade launch with UK launches to the general public at the show – so there will be a plethora of guns and optics never seen before by the UK public most available to buy at the show.” In particular, look out for Swarovski’s new ultra-low mag Z8i scope, the Merkel Helix Speedster, the new Ruger Precision rimfire, and a few new launches too secretive to even mention right now.
The show is a retail extravaganza, too, with retailers on offer for just about every product and brand. Don’t forget many of the optics products can be tested on the day in outside areas, allowing you to truly see, try and buy on the day. Make sure you take your FAC with you so you don’t miss that show bargain. On that note, seven police firearm licencing departments have signed up to attend, with some offering grant interviews, variations and renewals on the day.
Of course, the show isn’t just an indoor one. Outside, there’s more of a game-fair feel, with a 500-metre clay line packed with competitions, manufacturers’ have a go areas, CPSA clay shooting instruction, BASC game shooting coaching, MLAGB demonstrations and even a practical shooting-style competition against the clock to knock down steel plates. The airgun ranges always prove popular with adults and children alike, while the huge gundog field has competitions, demonstrations, a clinic and a seminar area.
Before you go, don’t forget to check out the DNA Film Festival. Organised by Sporting Rifle’s very own Byron Pace, it’s a first-of-its-kind festival showcasing amateur and professional films made about hunting. You’ll be able to see winning and shortlisted films throughout the show.
And finally, drop in on Sporting Rifle magazine – we’ll be there, too, with unbeatable subscription offers and the chance to meet the writers behind your favourite rifle shooting mag. See you there.