10 great things to do at The Big One

1) See the latest tackle…

Well over 100 of the world’s biggest tackle manufacturers are at The Big One this weekend, bringing their new launches for 2019 and giving you advice on the right gear for your fishing. There’s something for all anglers, with big names from carp, match, pleasure and predator fishing and everything from bivvies and rods to the best new gadgets and accessories.

2 …and buy it

All the UK’s biggest retailers are at Farnborough this weekend with special The Big One show-only deals – so you can not only get your hands on the latest gear, but you’ll be able to save £££s on the full prices too!

3)  Meet the stars

Fancy meeting Jeremy Wade? Want to ask Terry Hearn about carp fishing? Need to find out how Steve Ringer catches fish on the feeder? Want to know what’s going on behind the scenes at Korda’s latest fishing shows on TV? Well, at The Big One show you can, as we have an unrivalled line-up of superstars. Chill out in the new Angling Times Social Theatre as Keith Arthur chats with stars of fishing including Bob Nudd MBE, Adam Penning, Julian Cundiff, Dean Macey, Matt Hayes and more.

4) Pick up tips

This year sees the introduction of a new Demo Pool where you’ll be treated to some exclusive sessions on pole, float and feeder fishing with Steve Ringer, Des Shipp and the legendary Tommy Pickering.

5)  Stock up on baits

This year’s The Big One show has more big bait manufacturers than ever, with all the latest creations for carp, match and river anglers. Get your hands on new feeds from Dynamite Baits, CCMoore, Sticky, Solar, Spotted Fin, Nutrabaits, Ringers, Sonubaits and more!

6) Try lure fishing

A new Lure Live Arena for the 2019 show features the best predator anglers on the planet! Each day will see them giving demos in the specially built lure tank where you too can try the hottest new kit.

7) Win prizes

Many stands will feature unique prize draws over the weekend where you could win anything from bait to tackle and even fishing holidays – look out for the special deals!

8) Shop and Drop

Visitors will be able to take advantage of a new Shop&Drop facility at The Big One, where you can leave your bulkier purchases until you’re ready to take them home. Getting them back to your car should be easy, too, with closer parking and loads more shuttle buses to help you.

9) Find a dream fishery

It’s not just tackle and baits you’ll be able to get your hands on at The Big One – you’ll also be able to book yourself on a dream fishery as there are loads of great fishing clubs and holiday destinations exhibiting too. Speak to the experts on each stand and they’ll help you create your perfect fishing holiday.

10) Relax and refresh

An upstairs restaurant and loads of outside catering will be there to provide a huge variety of food and drink for all visitors throughout the weekend.

Sam Curtis