Blackpool Pigeon Show to return with 2,500 birds heading to the Winter Gardens

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Pigeons will race at the Winter Gardens in mid-January

 

Blackpool Pigeon Show will take place at the Winter Gardens in January
Blackpool Pigeon Show will take place at the Winter Gardens in January (Image: Royal Pigeon Racing Association)

Blackpool Pigeon Show is set to return for 2022 taking place in the iconic Winter Gardens with the largest gathering of pigeon fanciers in the country.

Fanciers will meet in the resort to celebrate the Royal Pigeon Racing Association Show of the Year, also known as the ‘Crufts of the pigeon world’.

The show will include stalls, charity pigeon auctions and raffles and runs across two days in January. It will have around 2,500 pigeons on display.

The British Homing World Show of the Year is hosted by the Royal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA) and was held virtually in 2020.

As it returns to the Winter Gardens, visitors can expect to find over 100 trade stands, charity pigeon auctions, raffles for new lofts and the showing and judging of over 2,000 of the top homing pigeons in the country.

The show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, January 15 and 16.

On November 25, the H5N1 strain of avian influenza was found in birds at a premises in the Knott-End-on-Sea area. Public health authorities set up 3km and 10km temporary control zones around the infection site covering Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Cockerham and Cleveleys.

The Winter Gardens venue is outside of the current 10km control zone, meaning pigeons will also be in attendance.

Ian Evans is CEO of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association. He told Lancs Live: “While gatherings – shows, sales et cetera – of certain species of birds are currently prohibited this does not impact on gatherings of racing pigeons, unless the venue of the gathering is within 10km of an outbreak.

Show aisle at the Blackpool Pigeon Show
Show aisle at the Blackpool Pigeon Show (Image: Royal Pigeon Racing Association)

“Thankfully the Winter Gardens is outside of the current 10km zone that was put in place following the outbreak near Fleetwood.”

The British Homing World Show of the Year is the largest of its kind in Europe and will feature talks, films and young fanciers areas.

The main event is the showing and judging of the top pigeons in the UK. £10 to £10,000 can be paid for a pedigree racing pigeon or its offspring, but the pigeons on display are all fighting for the chance to be crowned best in show, with the winner going to the Supreme Champion class.

Tickets for the Pigeon show and Gala Evening are available to buy through the RPRA site. The Gala Evening costs £18 but entry to the Saturday show is £7.50 and £6.50 for the Sunday.

Ian said: “This is a huge event in our calendar and it’s always popular amongst attendees. Pigeon racing is not simply just a hobby for the fancying community. For many, the pass time helps people to stay active and social.

“Pigeon fanciers come from all different backgrounds so this is a great chance for our members to enjoy a weekend away together. It’s 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.”