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“Did everybody forget the lady in the cafe?”

Ian Coley Shooting School
Ranked #2 of 17 Fun & Games in Cheltenham
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Attraction details
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Did everybody forget the lady in the cafe?”
Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

I've been looking at reviving my shooting activities after over 35 years and pass Ian Coley's shooting grounds twice a day going to and from work. Initially looking at an air rifle I am now erring on a nice over under shotgun for clay pigeon shooting. 'Her indoors' is not a great fan of guns so a stealth approach was required, hence my suggestion that we drop in on a Saturday morning for breakfast on the way to our retail therapy day in Cheltenham, mentioning that they also do some nice waterproof women's clothing also swung it. We arrived about 9.15 and duly ordered two full English breakfasts with coffee, as I perused the gun magazines herself was busy looking through the women's clothing, and even the guns. Breakfast arrived freshly cooked and hot coffee, faultless. Most TripAdvisor write ups are quite rightly about the shooting facilities which are extremely good, however I have to say that the charming lady who runs the cafe seems to have been somewhat overlooked and should be highly commended for her cooking, the breakfasts were both excellent and reasonably priced. Her indoors is now talking about US having shooting lessons, I'll never understand women as long as I live!

Visited November 2013
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English first
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Excellence all round..”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

This establishment has everything that the shot gun enthusiast could want. Facilities include over 20 shooting positions, dry paths between positions, easy parking, a well equipped gun shop and a welcoming café. Tuition is available for the absolute beginner to improvers and seasoned shots. All tuition is provided by expert instructors. The action is all self contained and clays are released by a credit card arrangement that not only releases the clays but totals up the number used.. There are generally two clay positions at every stand with options to release either clay independently or both together. A great day out.. Very difficult to suggest any way to improve this set up. Top rate.

Visited October 2013
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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“First time - might not be the last!”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

Was kindly offered a shooting session thanks to a kind benefactor. None in our "team" had ever held a shotgun before - let alone shot one. Very thorough safety briefing and a full demonstration of the whys and when.

Tuition was courtesy of a very approachable and obviously highly skilled and enthusiastic expert who soon had us all hitting the clays. Very unhurried and lots of back chat and "comments".

The whole location is professionally laid out and even for a bunch of novices we felt that we were given a fantastic introduction to the sport. Just need to save up for another go!

Visited October 2013
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Cheltenham
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Well set out, something for everyone”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

Well organised & set out, Easy system of card for charging for clays which allows users to pick & choose & go back to the one that needed more practice etc. Clean gravel pathways between stands.
Good parking, lovely gun shop & really nice sausages & bacon in the cafe on Saturdays!

Visited July 2013
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WARE
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“junior sponsorship at Ian Coley shooting school”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I had the pleasure to be a Senior Guest/Chauffeur on the 2/Sept/2013,14 juniors were tutored,supported,and coached at Ian Coleys Accadamy day.
There were four Coaches and Ian Coley,this gave each young shooter a bespoke day of tuition,which included an insight into Sports psycology,gun handling,score discipline and mental approach to Clay shooting.
The Colts hung on every word of guidance and the coaches put across there experience in a way that each young shooter were able to absorb and embrace,there faces and the way they carried themselves was a joy to watch and I know all the lads have gone away richer for the experience.
Finally I applaud,Hull Cartridges, Ian,and His Coaches, they contributed their time for free and embraced the day with good heart.
The end product is beyond price for these young people at this stage in there Lives.
Well Done Chris Lynch

Visited September 2013
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