Shooting at Quidenham

Quidenham Estate in Norfolk is an historic and renowned shoot and was one of King Edward VII’s favourites. Our newly converted Shoot Lodge is only 70 miles from London with excellent access for major road and rail networks and only 10 minutes from the A11. The estate covers 3,600 acres including 500 acres of mature woodland and with over forty high quality drives and our award-winning hospitality we offer guests a first-class all-round experience.

 

Run by the father and daughter team of Philip and Jessica Thorrold, Quidenham offers simulated game shooting for individual guns and full teams every month of the year, as well as the new concept of driven game/simulated game shooting in one day throughout the winter months. We also offer mini driven/walked day days, wild duck flighting and organise decoy pigeon shooting, crow and rook shooting from February.

About the team

 

Philip Thorrold

In addition to running Quidenham Clay & Game, Philip is regarded as one of the world’s top shooters. Shooting since the age of 6, he has over 46 years’ experience with a gun and has been a professional shooting coach since 2004, training students in all fields.

 

Just some of Philip's achievements to date:

 

  • Senior World Compak Sporting Championships 2017 1st
  • Beretta World Sporting Championships Runner Up 2018
  • British Open Sporting Juniors 1st
  • British Open Sporting Side/Side 1st
  • British Open Sporting (x2) 1st
  • British Open FITASC Sporting 1st
  • NSSA European Iron Man Skeet Germany (399/400) 1st
  • English Open Skeet 1st
  • English All Round 1st
  • Beretta World Sporting Open (x2) 1st
  • FITASC Compact Sporting European (198/200) 1st
  • F.E.D.E.C.A.T Compact/Sporting World Championships Moscow 1st
  • Suffolk Open DTL (100/300) 1st
  • Former England Team Member Sporting
  • Former Great Britain Team Member FITASC
  • Former Great Britain Team Member Compact Sporting
  • CPSA CLA Champion of Champions 2011

 

 

Jessica Thorrold

From the age of 5 years old, Jessica joined her father, Philip feeding pheasants, helping rearing ducks and partridges on their farm game shoot. She learnt to shoot at 10 with a 4/10, helping control pigeons and vermin. On weekends Jessica would go along with Philip and her brother, Ben, to clay shooting grounds gaining experience and knowledge of shooting in the process. By 14, she was travelling around the world with Philip and Ben to places such as Dubai, Cyprus, Russia, Argentina and Europe. Visiting major shooting championships giving her an understanding of the different shooting and hunting traditions and cultures around the world. Now at 21 Jessica is shooting a 12-gauge Sliver Pigeon shot gun and teaching game shooters at Philip Thorrold Shooting Academy in addition to her position as head of promotion and shooting events for the family business.

 

 

Historic Quidenham

 

 

Quidenham Hall sits in the heart of the estate and was acquired by the 3rd Earl of Albermarle in 1755. The family continued to own the hall and estate until 1948 when the hall was acquired by Carmelite Nuns and is now a Monastry.

 

The history of Quidenham Estate is fascinating with one person in particular receiving notable coverage - Alice Keppel, who was widely reported as King Edward VII’s favourite mistress. Alice Keppel was married to George Keppel and sister-in-law to the 8th Earl of Albermarle.

 

Lord Albermarle’s shooting parties were grand events with the cream of British society as guns and guests. At the peak of these times there were as many as fifty beaters on a shoot day and the keeper led the teams whilst riding a horse.

 

During the ownership of the Earls of Albermarle the estate was developed and became a high quality shoot which is referred to in the renowned shooting publication “The Great Shots” by Ruffer. Country Life, Shooting Times and Shooting Gazette magazines have featured the shoot over the years leading to considerable interest and loyalty from guns across the UK, Europe and North America.

 

The King first visited Quidenham as Prince of Wales in 1897 and was a regular visitor as a guest of Lord Albermarle for many years. Pictured is ‘The Devil’s Oven’ a tapered flint tunnel constructed to capture ducks for the King’s visits as he didn’t like any lead shot in his Duck. The King would arrive on the Royal train with a vast entourage – some of his servants had servants and pictured is some of the Royal Servants outside Quidenham Hall in 1909.

 

 

2019 QUIDENHAM CLAY & GAME SHOOTING

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2019 QUIDENHAM GAME SHOOTING

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Shooting at Quidenham

 

Quidenham Estate in Norfolk is an historic and renowned shoot and was one of King Edward VII’s favourites. Our newly converted Shoot Lodge is only 70 miles from London with excellent access for major road and rail networks and only 10 minutes from the A11. The estate covers 3,600 acres including 500 acres of mature woodland and with over forty high quality drives and our award-winning hospitality we offer guests a first-class all-round experience.

 

Run by the father and daughter team of Philip and Jessica Thorrold, Quidenham offers simulated game shooting for individual guns and full teams every month of the year, as well as the new concept of driven game/simulated game shooting in one day throughout the winter months. We also offer mini driven/walked day days, wild duck flighting and organise decoy pigeon shooting, crow and rook shooting from February.

 

 

 

Philip Thorrold

In addition to running Quidenham Clay & Game, Philip is regarded as one of the world’s top shooters. Shooting since the age of 6, he has over 46 years’ experience with a gun and has been a professional shooting coach since 2004, training students in all fields.

 

Just some of Philip's achievements to date:

 

  • Senior World Compak Sporting Championships 2017 1st
  • Beretta World Sporting Championships Runner Up 2018
  • British Open Sporting Juniors 1st
  • British Open Sporting Side/Side 1st
  • British Open Sporting (x2) 1st
  • British Open FITASC Sporting 1st
  • NSSA European Iron Man Skeet Germany (399/400) 1st
  • English Open Skeet 1st
  • English All Round 1st
  • Beretta World Sporting Open (x2) 1st
  • FITASC Compact Sporting European (198/200) 1st
  • F.E.D.E.C.A.T Compact/Sporting World Championships Moscow 1st
  • Suffolk Open DTL (100/300) 1st
  • Former England Team Member Sporting
  • Former Great Britain Team Member FITASC
  • Former Great Britain Team Member Compact Sporting
  • CPSA CLA Champion of Champions 2011

 

 

Jessica Thorrold

From the age of 5 years old, Jessica joined her father, Philip feeding pheasants, helping rearing ducks and partridges on their farm game shoot. She learnt to shoot at 10 with a 4/10, helping control pigeons and vermin. On weekends Jessica would go along with Philip and her brother, Ben, to clay shooting grounds gaining experience and knowledge of shooting in the process. By 14, she was travelling around the world with Philip and Ben to places such as Dubai, Cyprus, Russia, Argentina and Europe. Visiting major shooting championships giving her an understanding of the different shooting and hunting traditions and cultures around the world. Now at 21 Jessica is shooting a 12-gauge Sliver Pigeon shot gun and teaching game shooters at Philip Thorrold Shooting Academy in addition to her position as head of promotion and shooting events for the family business.

 

 

 

 

Philip Thorrold

In addition to running Quidenham Clay & Game, Philip is regarded as one of the world’s top shooters. Shooting since the age of 6, he has over 46 years’ experience with a gun and has been a professional shooting coach since 2004, training students in all fields.

 

Just some of Philip's achievements to date:

 

  • Senior World Compak Sporting Championships 2017 1st
  • Beretta World Sporting Championships Runner Up 2018
  • British Open Sporting Juniors 1st
  • British Open Sporting Side/Side 1st
  • British Open Sporting (x2) 1st
  • British Open FITASC Sporting 1st
  • NSSA European Iron Man Skeet Germany (399/400) 1st
  • English Open Skeet 1st
  • English All Round 1st
  • Beretta World Sporting Open (x2) 1st
  • FITASC Compact Sporting European (198/200) 1st
  • F.E.D.E.C.A.T Compact/Sporting World Championships Moscow 1st
  • Suffolk Open DTL (100/300) 1st
  • Former England Team Member Sporting
  • Former Great Britain Team Member FITASC
  • Former Great Britain Team Member Compact Sporting
  • CPSA CLA Champion of Champions 2011

 

 

Jessica Thorrold

From the age of 5 years old, Jessica joined her father, Philip feeding pheasants, helping rearing ducks and partridges on their farm game shoot. She learnt to shoot at 10 with a 4/10, helping control pigeons and vermin. On weekends Jessica would go along with Philip and her brother, Ben, to clay shooting grounds gaining experience and knowledge of shooting in the process. By 14, she was travelling around the world with Philip and Ben to places such as Dubai, Cyprus, Russia, Argentina and Europe. Visiting major shooting championships giving her an understanding of the different shooting and hunting traditions and cultures around the world. Now at 21 Jessica is shooting a 12-gauge Sliver Pigeon shot gun and teaching game shooters at Philip Thorrold Shooting Academy in addition to her position as head of promotion and shooting events for the family business.

 

Historic Quidenham

 

 

Quidenham Hall sits in the heart of the estate and was acquired by the 3rd Earl of Albermarle in 1755. The family continued to own the hall and estate until 1948 when the hall was acquired by Carmelite Nuns and is now a Monastry.

 

The history of Quidenham Estate is fascinating with one person in particular receiving notable coverage - Alice Keppel, who was widely reported as King Edward VII’s favourite mistress. Alice Keppel was married to George Keppel and sister-in-law to the 8th Earl of Albermarle.

 

Lord Albermarle’s shooting parties were grand events with the cream of British society as guns and guests. At the peak of these times there were as many as fifty beaters on a shoot day and the keeper led the teams whilst riding a horse.

 

During the ownership of the Earls of Albermarle the estate was developed and became a high quality shoot which is referred to in the renowned shooting publication “The Great Shots” by Ruffer. Country Life, Shooting Times and Shooting Gazette magazines have featured the shoot over the years leading to considerable interest and loyalty from guns across the UK, Europe and North America.

 

The King first visited Quidenham as Prince of Wales in 1897 and was a regular visitor as a guest of Lord Albermarle for many years. Pictured is ‘The Devil’s Oven’ a tapered flint tunnel constructed to capture ducks for the King’s visits as he didn’t like any lead shot in his Duck. The King would arrive on the Royal train with a vast entourage – some of his servants had servants and pictured is some of the Royal Servants outside Quidenham Hall in 1909.