After watching the exploits of Team GB – including a huge Yorkshire contingent – as they swept up medals like a magnet, more than a few of us have had dreams of competing.
Old, young, rich, poor, super fit or couch potato – millions were gripped by Olympic fever and wanted to try their hand, but at what?
Due to the gold winning performance of young Peter Wilson, Team GB took gold in the shooting.
Now, thanks to Park Lodge Shooting School near Goole, people can affordably have a go at an Olympic sport that doesn’t require having to run a marathon or hurl a javelin 80 metres.
This hidden gem of sorts (we say that as it’s already well known nationally) opened the doors of its new visitor centre a year ago and thanks to its scenic setting, expert tuition and excellent food the visitors have been flocking for a great day out.
Whether you want to experience clay pigeon shooting for the first time, fancy doing something different as a couple or having a family day out with a difference – bite the bullet and try it.
It’s safety first at the centre and their instructors – including champion shooter and all round friendly guy Andrew – take you through the paces and will have you hitting targets within minutes.
Such is the high level of safety and instruction, children from around nine or 10 upwards can safely take part – and show dad how it’s done. Apparently there’s one girl who started at seven and is now a star of the future at nine. Older shooters are welcome too, with regulars well into their 70s.
Those with mobility issues needn’t be put off either as most areas are fully accessible and there’s little barrier to the sport.
Prices: Groups from £40 per person, lessons from £50 per person including instructor and all equipment
Times: 9am to 5pm most days (see website)
Address: Off Finleys Lane, West Cowick, East Yorkshire, DN14 9ED
Parking: Free on site
Telephone: 01405 764500
For more great days out and things to do see www.yorkshire.com