Introduction to British Driven Game Shooting

Experience the Sport of Kings

Introduction to British Driven Game Shooting


Experience the Sport of Kings in the company of one of England's most respected game shooting coaches. A 3 day, 4 night trip with one day's instruction and two day's in the field. Single shooters are welcome. (Often English shoots can only be booked by a team of 8!)

A rare and exclusive opportunity for up to 8 Guns to experience the very best of English driven Pheasant shooting on two different, private shoots in southern England, approximately an hour west of London.

Trip includes a full day of driven game shooting instruction on game bird style sporting clays with renowned coach John King at Barbury Shooting School, followed by two full 300 bird driven game days at the private Eddington and Kimbers Estates in Berkshire.

This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy English game shooting for the first time, in the knowledge that you will be fully prepared for the days in the field.

Driven shooting can sometimes seem daunting to the novice; your full days coaching with John King day at Barbury Shooting School beforehand will leave you fully prepared. Even If you have shot driven game before, the “warm up” will help get the gun swinging and sharpen those skills.

All gun hire, cartridges, shoot transport and insurances are included in the package price.

Driven shooting is by its nature expensive, but is something every serious wing shooter should experience at least once. At Orvis, we make sure all the details are taken care of, so you can just relax and enjoy the great shooting.

Your host for this trip is John King who has over 25 years' experience of teaching game shooting and one of the best in the business. John is author of the excellent book, Game Shooting A Comprehensive Insight Into Modern British Game Shooting. Each participating Gun will be given a complimentary personalized copy of John's book on payment of deposit.


Lodging & Accommodations

This excursion includes 4 nights staying at the delightful Vineyard Country House Hotel at Stockcross. The hotel is located one hour from London and just 45 minutes from Heathrow airport.

5 AA Red star rated, the hotel has 32 suites and 17 bedrooms all named after iconic wines from around the World. The hotel has an award winning wine list: Over 30,000 bottles, 3000 bins and 100 wines to taste and enjoy by the glass from Peter Michael wine from California and many other popular and more unique regions around the World.

Spend time relaxing in the “5 Bubbles Spa” or enjoy viewing Sir Peter Michael’s impressive private art collection. Excursion price includes double bedroom for double occupancy, full English breakfast, 3 course dinner with matching wines, gun storage and boot cleaning.

Take a virtual tour of the hotel here.


Day 1 | London

Arrive at London Heathrow or Gatwick airports. You will be met by the driver and taken to the 5 AA red star rated Vineyard Hotel at Stockcross near. Newbury Berkshire. Relax and recover from the flight, perhaps enjoy the Hotel’s award winning 5 Bubbles spa. John King will be pleased to meet with you for pre-dinner drinks and answer any questions you may have, followed by a 3 course dinner with matching wines.

Day 2 | Barbury Shooting School | Barbury Castle

After a leisurely breakfast, head to the famous Barbury shooting school, sited on an ancient hill fort, overlooking the North Wiltshire downs.

Non shooting spouses/partners may choose to opt for a day out sight- seeing or shopping rather than attending the shooting school. The nearby town of Hungerford is a real mecca for antique shopping enthusiasts and Highclere castle, the location for the internationally acclaimed drama series ‘Downton Abbey’ is also close by.

Enjoy a full day of private tuition on driven shooting techniques with John and his team and learn all you need to know to really enjoy your following day in the field and shoot safely and with confidence. A buffet lunch and refreshments are included. Return to the Vineyard Hotel for a 3 course dinner and matching wines.

Day 3 | Driven Game Day | Eddington Shoot | Berkshire

A full day driven Pheasant shooting with an anticipated bag of 300 birds between a line of 8 Guns at Eddington, the private estate of Sir Peter Michael. Lunch will be at the shoot lodge. Return to the Vineyard Hotel for a 3 course dinner and matching wines.

Day 4 | Driven Game Day | Kimbers Shoot | Berkshire

A full day driven Pheasant shooting with an anticipated bag of 300 birds between a line of 8 Guns at the private Kimbers shoot in Berkshire. Lunch will be at the shoot lodge. Return to the Vineyard Hotel for a 3 course dinner with matching wines.

Day 5 | Leave for London

Full English breakfast. Depart for Airport. Transfer included.

Pricing & Dates

Pricing & Dates

Package includes 3 days shooting and 4 nights accommodation. Arrive 2nd of November 2015, depart 6th of November 2015.

  • Arrive London. Tuesday 2nd November 2015
  • Shooting coaching at Barbury Shooting Ground. Wednesday 3rd November 2015
  • Driven Shoot. Eddington Estate. Thursday 4th November 2015
  • Driven Shoot. Kimbers Estate. Friday 5th November 2015
  • Depart for London. Saturday 6th November 2015

Price £7225 per Gun based on double occupancy with twin bed room. Single supplement £905. Pay the private room surcharge and bring a non-shooting companion for free.

Price includes the following;

  • Airport transfers from and to London Heathrow or Gatwick airports.
  • One day’s private coaching at Barbury Shooting School with John King including lunch.
  • Driven shoot day at Eddington Estate (300 bird day). Normally 5 to 6 different drives. Tuition on the day if required.
  • Driven shoot day at Kimbers Estate (300 bird day). Normally 5 to 6 different drives. Tuition on the day if required.
  • All gun hire. There is no need to bring your own guns but Euro gun passports can be arranged if required. Please contact us at least 10 weeks prior to your trip if needed. Hotel has gun storage facilities if required).
  • All cartridges and clays used during the three days.
  • UK third party public liability shooting insurance with BASC for the three days.
  • Bad weather shoot cancellation insurance.
  • Full board accommodation including breakfast and 3 course dinner with wine at the AA 5 star Vineyard Hotel.
  • 4x4 transport on shoot days.

Not included

  • International flights from the USA to the UK.
  • Any excursions for non-shooting partners.
  • Gratuities for the shoot Gamekeepers. £50 to £60 per shoot is considered appropriate if the day goes well.
  • High quality house wines are served with the meals. The hotel has a very extensive wine cellar (one of the best in the south of England) Alternative wines are available at additional cost.

Terms and Conditions
To book this trip, a 10% deposit due at time of booking, 40% by 1st April 2015, and final balance due 1st of August 2015.

Cancellation Policy
If notification in writing is received before June 1, 2015, a refund of the deposit will be made less a 10% administration charge. If notification is received after June 1, 2015, no refund will be made.


Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Richard Banbury
Introduction to British Game Shooting
Orvis International Travel

800-547-4322 | 802-362-8790

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