Now that we’re in a new year, we enter a new round of trade shows, events and fairs that offer an excellent chance to get up close and personal with guns, guns and more guns! Whether you’re looking for a new airsoft rifle, considering upgrades for your airgun or advancing into the real steel world, these shows will have everything you need and more! You’ll also get a chance to chat with manufacturers, distributors, retailers and other people of similar interests, or maybe even find a new airsoft buddy! Most of these shows are in the major cities, so if you live in the sticks you may have to travel a bit, but we’re sure it’ll be worth it!
Described as the UK and Europe’s premier trade and retail show, this mammoth event is held annually at the NEC in Birmingham. This year’s event is taking place from 15th – 17th February and is set to be one of the best yet! With exhibitors from across the shooting world that specialise in real steel weapons, air guns, accessories and airsoft. Over 600 exhibitors attend the event, so you know there will be something there for everyone!
Previously held at The Gaol but now located at Newark Showground because of the size and scale of the event, the Midlands Airsoft Fair is a must! 2019 marks the 10th event, with it due to be held on the 2nd June. Attendees can both buy and sell at the event, which makes it a more communal, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Basically, if you’re looking to get your hands on some new airsoft gear, this is where you should be heading!
With a whopping 5,500 square foot dedicated to just airsoft, Airsoft Experience is a vital part of the community calendar! Acting as a one-stop shop for all fans of both airsoft and real steel, with top quality brands showcasing their products and events run by professionals, this is a great opportunity to get your airsoft fix, all in one place! The event is actually part of the much larger Northern Shooting Show, which helps to shine a light onto the community. The event takes place Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May at the Yorkshire Event Centre.
This fair is not something we’d usually highlight. However, it has a number of exhibitors which will be showcasing their fantastic range of air guns and as fans of anything that shoots, this show is definitely on the list! Taking place in Weston Park, a beautiful setting worth visiting for the scenery alone, the event will be held on 14th & 15th of September and is a short 30-minute drive from central Birmingham.
Back for its twelfth year, the National Airsoft Festival celebrates all things airsoft! Truly embracing the festival vibe, the event has captured the hearts of airsofters from across the UK and Europe. A myriad of events taking place over the three-day weekend means you’ll never be bored, and it also means that if you buy a new piece of kit there, you can test it out on the day! The event is being held from Friday 23rd August to Sunday 25th at Ground Zero Airsoft in Hampshire.
If there’s a fair, trade show or event that you’ll be heading to, let us know and we’ll be sure to add the details into future articles! These events are the lifeblood of our community, so make sure you support them as much as possible!