Events Calendar

July 2015

Events which took place on this day:

VAC coaching session No2 (AL1 1SF)


Events which took place on this day:

Private School Event Pupils only (TR4 9AN)


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Welcome to
National Fishing Month 2015

Welcome to the National Fishing Month website.

This year, National Fishing Month will begin on the 18th July, and conclude on the 31st August.

As in previous years, the idea behind National Fishing Month is to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing. It does not matter what age you are, or what previous experience you have. Nor does it matter which cultural or social background you may be from. Fishing is for everyone!

Fishery owners, organisers and angling coaches give up their valuable time to support National Fishing Month, so please take this opportunity to have a go at this wonderful sport. Click here to find an event near you, to make sure you do not miss out!


Aug 05 2015

Since it began on 19th July, National Fishing Month (NFM) 2015 has proved to be a major attraction at events throughout the country. It was launched at ‘Parklife’ in Milton Country Park, Cambridge, on a gloriously sunny day where nearly 90 people tried angling for the first time - even Counsellor Sue Humphries had a go. The event was staged in partnership with Cambridge Sports Lakes Trust, and it allowed visitors to explore a variety of ways to improve their health and wellbeing, as well as trying a range of sports (including fishing) to inspire them to become more active.  

The highlight of second weekend of NFM was the inaugural ‘Carp in the Park’ event, held at Billing Aquadrome, Northampton and very well organised by David Hall Publishing Ltd.  The venue proved to be superb and, despite the inclement weather, nearly 100 people were coached in angling over the two days. Many of them had come camping for the weekend and did not expect the wonderful bonus of being offered free fishing lessons by trained, nationally-accredited angling coaches.

The traditional NFM showcase event took place at the CLA Game Fair, held this year at Harewood House, Yorkshire. Over 200 lakeside coarse coaching sessions were delivered by members of the Professional Anglers Association (PAA), and their pupils had fabulous fun catching carp to more than 18lbs! On the Angling Trust stand, junior fly coaching run by the Game Angling Instructors’ Association (GAIA) was equally popular. The National Fishing Month coaching area was visited by a number of dignitaries and celebrities including Rory Stewart, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for DEFRA, who thanked everyone for their hard work in raising the awareness of the health and social inclusion benefits of angling.

And we're off!

Jul 28 2015

National Fishing Month (NFM) 2015 is on target to match the huge success of previous years. More than 250 events (running between 18th July and 31st August 2015) have already been registered on the official NFM website ( Each entry details when, where and how anyone who wants to learn more about fishing can take part locally at events run by qualified and insured angling coaches.
Tackle manufacturers Daiwa, Pure Fishing and Leeda – all members of NFM organisers the Angling Trades Association (ATA) - have been generous with their headline sponsorship. Their contributions are significant as is the support received from the Environment Agency, the Angling Trust (AT), Angling Cymru, the Professional Anglers Association (PAA) and the Game Angling Instructors Association (GAIA).
There are a huge number of local events organised under the NFM banner, and this year also heralds several new, showcase initiatives.  These included the NFM launch event at ‘Parklife’, a free family fun day at Milton Country Park, Cambridge on the 19th July. Organised in partnership with Cambridge Sports Lakes Trust, Parklife allows visitors to explore a variety of ways to improve their health and wellbeing, as well as trying a range of sports with a view to inspiring them to be more active.  This was followed by coaching at the inaugural ‘Carp in the Park’ event held at Billing Aquadrome, Northampton (25th and 26th July).

The traditional NFM showcase event will take place at the CLA Game Fair, held this year at  Harewood House, Yorkshire (31st July, 1st and 2nd August). It will feature lakeside coarse coaching sessions organised by members of the PAA and, on the AT stand, there will be junior fly coaching organised by GAIA. The CLA team has been busy ensuring that the new look ‘fishing village’ area at the Game Fair will be a fabulous attraction for the hundreds of thousands of people who attend over the three-day event.  The National Fishing Month coaching area will form a central attraction for anyone interested in having a go at fishing under expert tuition and, for children, there is no cost.

Hooked On Health

Jul 27 2015

Unlike many sports which rely on rapid body movement or an eye for a ball, just about anybody can fish. Angling is a great leveller, with no barriers based on age, gender or social status. You can spend a warm summer’s day or a crisp winter’s morning by the water in beautiful places you would otherwise never, ever visit. Indeed, fishing really is a four-season sport, and one of its joys is that in each season there are different and exciting fish to catch.

Fishing is well-known for its capacity to help you to relax into a new, fascinating world, the ideal antidote to the stresses and strains of modern life. It transports you to the heart of nature and the many, intriguing plants and animals that live there. By attending a National Fishing Month event this summer, you could experience the joys of fishing yourself.

What is it all about?

Jan 01 2015

National Fishing Month offers unique opportunities for the protection and promotion of angling. It has the potential to:-

  • Increase the number of people getting involved in the sport.
  • Inform the general public about the economic, social and environmental benefits of angling.
  • Influence decisions about access, environmental policy and wildlife management so that they take the importance of angling into account.
  • Improve diversity amongst anglers to counter any perception that it is exclusively a male, white, able-bodied only pursuit.

National Fishing Month is a celebration of the sport of angling. All over the country qualified coaches give their time to welcome newcomers to this marvellous sport. Fees are waived and tackle is often made available free of charge too. Events are organised around the UK to show people who have never fished before how to do it. If you'd like to try fishing then now is your big chance.

What is actually going to happen?

From 18th July to 31st August, there will be hundreds of locally organised angling events offering non-anglers the opportunity to be taught how to fish, FREE OF CHARGE, by a qualified licensed Coach and within a controlled environment.

Do you want to organise an event?

National Fishing Month falls apart without the assistance of event organisers. We are therefore searching for volunteers to run National Fishing Month events.

Organisers can be angling clubs, schools, tackle shops, fisheries - in fact anyone with an interest in fishing. Many clubs and societies use National Fishing Month as a way of increasing membership.

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