Private shooting event at E.J. Churchill's shooting grounds in the UK

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A very British experience at an award-winning shooting ground

23 May 2024 • Written by Hannah Rankine for E.J. Churchill

Situated just 34 miles from central London, E.J. Churchill stands out as one of the premier shooting grounds in the United Kingdom. Nestled in the picturesque Chiltern Hills on the historic 5,000-acre West Wycombe Estate, which has been under the stewardship of the Dashwood family for over three centuries, E.J. Churchill offers a premium shooting experience. With 40 acres of meticulously landscaped grounds and the nearby West Wycombe Air Park, guests can conveniently access the venue via private plane or helicopter.

As the only shooting business in the UK that combines gunmaking, shooting grounds, country outfitting and event hosting, E.J. Churchill delivers a first-class experience that goes beyond shooting. Surrounded by greenery and woodlands, the award-winning grounds provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable day in the Buckinghamshire countryside.

The grounds themselves have a wide range of targets, including 120 stands, the Elite Training Centre used by Team GB athletes and six shooting disciplines that challenge novice and expert alike. Facilities include The Pine Lodge, Safari Tent, Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar and The Pavilion, offering an adaptable and inviting environment for small intimate gatherings and large corporate events.

Aside from the West Wycombe Estate, E.J. Churchill has exclusive access to well-known estates and country properties across the home counties and further afield. Local attractions such as the Hellfire Caves and Fryers Farm Barn are also easily accessible. All or some can be employed to create an itinerary tailored to your requirements and designed to exceed expectations at every turn.

Below is an example of a typical day at the grounds and showcases just one of the many ways guests can immerse themselves in the beauty and excitement of E.J. Churchill and the West Wycombe Estate.

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09:15 – Breakfast and briefing at West Wycombe House

Upon arrival, guests are welcomed to the stately West Wycombe House. Here, a breakfast spread sets the tone for the day, featuring freshly brewed tea, aromatic coffee and a selection of gourmet pastries. The elegant dining area offers a serene ambience for guests to savour their breakfast while soaking in the beauty of the surroundings.

10:00 – Tour of West Wycombe House

Led by Sir Edward Dashwood himself, guests will embark on an exclusive private tour of the historic West Wycombe House.

With its architectural grandeur and cultural significance, the property offers a unique glimpse into centuries of aristocratic life. Notably, it has served as a backdrop for various cinematic productions, including the acclaimed series Downton Abbey. After the tour, guests will proceed to E.J. Churchill’s shooting grounds.

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11:00 – Arrive at E.J. Churchill

Guests will receive a warm welcome and an introduction to the expert shooting instructors at E.J. Churchill. The team of seasoned professionals boasts extensive experience in both game and clay shooting.

The shooting grounds themselves feature a diverse array of targets, ensuring that guests of all skill levels are well-catered for. For novices, private lessons are available, providing personalised guidance to build confidence and proficiency in firearm handling.

13:00 – Break and light lunch

Following a morning of shooting on the picturesque grounds, guests will have the opportunity to retire to Sir Edward Dashwood's private shoot lodge. There, you will be treated to a light lunch featuring locally sourced ingredients and refreshing beverages.

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14:00 – Shooting recommences

With renewed energy, guests will return to the shooting grounds for an afternoon of shooting challenges designed to test and enhance the skills and knowledge acquired during the morning session.

The afternoon session aims to provide a fun and challenging experience for all guests while allowing them to further develop their marksmanship abilities in a supportive and enjoyable environment.

17:00 – Return to West Wycombe House

As the day draws to a close, guests are invited to a champagne reception at West Wycombe House. This elegant gathering provides a chance to unwind and reflect on the day's adventures. As a special memento of their experience at E.J. Churchill, guests will be presented with a custom-embroidered gilet.

To create your bespoke shooting experience at the Buckinghamshire or North Yorkshire grounds, contact E.J. Churchill today.

+44 (0)1494 883227 |

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