The Royal Pigeon Racing Association Show of the Year takes place in Blackpool.
It’s the largest gathering of pigeon fanciers in Great Britain taking place for the 46th time at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool.
Weekend of Saturday/Sunday 20 and 21 January 2018
The British Homing World Show of the Year is an annual event in Blackpool. There’s something for everyone who is interested in pigeons at the show.
From trade stands, various groups and organisations, talks, films, young fanciers areas, to the main event: the showing and judging of thousands of the top pigeons in the UK. Plus, it’s a great chance for pigeon fanciers to meet up.
Show participants bring more than 2,000 homing pigeons making it the largest event of its kind in Europe.
With 120 trade stands for everything pigeon, organisers anticipate around some 15,000 visitors over the course of the weekend, including visitors from all over the UK as well as a large number of international guests.
Organised by the Royal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA), and dubbed the “Crufts of the pigeon world,” the event, held at the Winter Gardens, is the largest in the world and sees fanciers of all ages from all regions in the UK making the annual trip to Blackpool.
Thousands of pigeons change hands at sales and auctions where sums of £10 to £10,000 can be paid for a pedigree racing pigeon or its offspring. The pigeons on display are all trying to win best in show, with the winner going on to the Supreme Champion class.
Ian Evans, General Manager of the RPRA comments: “2018 marks the 46th anniversary of the show. This is a huge event in our calendar and it always proves to be popular amongst attendees. Pigeon racing is not simply just a hobby for the fancying community. For many, the passtime helps people to stay active and social. The population of pigeon fanciers is made up of those from all different backgrounds and the event is a great chance for our members to enjoy a weekend away together. It is such a delight to host such an amazing show and gather our members and their birds all in one place providing them the opportunity of companionship and friendship.”
In recent years the show organisers have worked hard to change the image of this traditional sport and have fanciers ranging in age from six years to over 90 years of age showing their prize pigeons at the show – this really is an event that appeals to both young and old alike.
As always, there will be an eclectic mix of trade stands with fanciers being able to buy anything from a £25,000 mahogany loft to a bag of pigeon corn.
This event is also a big one for the Blackpool economy and provides a boost for local businesses at what could be a quiet time of year – it generates around £10 million for the local economy.
Every year visitors to the show have helped to raise money for various charities, with nearly £3 million raised so far.
Find out More
Tickets for the show can be purchased on the day at the Winter Gardens box office
Further information is available on the RPRA website