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Airsoft Sites: Lincs & Notts

Airsoft Sites: Lincs & Notts

As a young army cadet I have very fond recollections of travelling up to Nottinghamshire to Proteus Camp for two weeks summer training, but like many of the old “minor camps” poor old Proteus has now been “mothballed” and looks to be heading the way of many MOD sites and into the hands of the developers.

Proteus was situated in in the Sherwood Forest, just North of Ollerton, and the 21-hectare site was used by the Ministry of Defence as an Army training camp until October 2004 when it sadly became surplus to requirements. The site had accommodated up to 1000 personnel at its peak along with tanks, mechanised vehicles and a small arms firing range. From the early 1940s it was used by the British and American armed forces and a significant number of barrack buildings, vehicle stores and other structures remain on the site, though it has now reverted back to the control of the land-owners.

When I first started looking at airsoft sites in this area I was certain that I would find Proteus amongst them as it is absolutely perfect for a skirmish, and even a longer duration MilSim event, but unfortunately this was not to be… what is fortunate though is that there are some quality airsoft venues in Nottinghamshire and neighbouring Lincolnshire, so without further ado let me introduce you to a few!

Skirmish Airsoft Nottingham

Website: airsoft-nottingham.co.uk
Address: Kitchener Plantation, Ollerton Road, Budby, Newark, NG22 9FG
Phone: 0844 9970 378

Situated deep in the heart of Sherwood Forest, Skirmish Airsoft is located just a short drive from the centre of Nottingham. Games are played in the natural undergrowth, giving you the full authentic feel that Skirmish Airsoft has built its games around. Not only do they have the knowledge and facilities to provide you have an exciting and tactical day of airsofting, but their prices are extremely affordable with a day from just £25!

Skirmish Airsoft have now got a brandnew and enthusiastic management team in place ready to re-launch airsoft at Skirmish; the new management team have been avid players of airsoft for many years, and with their experience as a player, they understand exactly what is needed to excel the expectations of an airsoft venue.

Skirmish offer a fantastic range of themed MilSim days that will get your trigger-finger twitching; running at least one day every weekend, you’ll never be short of dates to organise your day out. At Skirmish Airsoft, though they understand that you might not be able to make pre-set weekends so they run games every weekend, so you’ll never have to miss out on the heart-pumping action again!

With their excellent facilities and brilliant staff, you can concentrate on having an exciting and action-packed day airsofting with Skirmish, whether you’re renting or bringing your own RIF.

Site limits

350fps with full auto
400fps Single Shot Minimum
Engagement Range of 20m
Sniper Rifle (Single Shot) 500 FPSwith
Minimum Engagement Range of 20m

Phoenix Airsoft

Website: phoenix-airsoft.co.uk
Address: Gleadthorpe Breck
Plantation, Budby Road, Cuckney,
NG20 9JX
Phone: 07771 815 553 or 07956 587 213

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Phoenix Airsoft have been around the Nottinghamshire area for over 15 years and hold a good reputation for being one of the leading companies in the area. They have developed their games over many years and accommodate games to suit all players. The marshals are long standing and have a combined Airsoft experience of over 40 years.

This site ranks amongst one of the most comprehensive woodland sites in the UK, as the old “Welbeck Warzone” comprises of 130-acres of historical woodland, undulating ground and a usable road network and vehicle access; it has a mix flora and fauna which provides great game play throughout the whole year. The site has a secure, dry safe zone that offers food and snacks throughout the day, power for players to charge their batteries, on-site male and female toilets and ample secure parking.

Phoenix run games for all players, no matter what your level and have packages available for newcomers at £50 for a full day which includes your choice of RIF, one magazine, 3000 BBs, 1x Pyro (under 18s get a an additional 3000 BBs instead), a Combat vest, Clothing and Mask; seasoned players with their own gear can just turn up for a cracking day for just £20!

Site limits

AEG 370FPS
Electric Sniper (DMR) 450FPS
Bolt Action Sniper 500FPS

Lincolnshire Airsoft Club

Website: lincolnshireairsoftclub.co.uk
Address: Combat Zone, Saxilby, LN1
2JW, and The Farm, CQB, Middle Fen
Lane, Washingborough, LN4 1AJ
Phone: 0777 5877 057 (The Farm)

Lincolnshire Airsoft Club are exactly that, a cracking club that also welcomes players from around the country in search of a great day of airsoft! Combat Zone is a well-established paintball site which now doubles as an action packed and varied Airsoft skirmish venue. Filled with bunkers and trenches, a village, a church, and various other places, this is the perfect venue to experience all aspects of airsoft. The site has plenty of parking, as well as toilets. The safe area is sheltered with seating and there’s also a shooting range for testing and siting up your guns. Please note there is no fresh water on the site, nor is there hot food available. Free tea and coffee is available.

The Farm is the newest site to LAC’s stable. Situated on an old pig farm, and utilising the “sheds”, this site lends itself to urban CQB or FIBUA. With five sheds that vary in layout, length, height and lighting, the action will never be the same game day to game day!

The site offers parking and toilets, and the safe zone is indoors, sheltering you and your equipment from the elements and is well lit. Also, within the safe zone there is a fully stocked tea and coffee station, which is on a help yourself basis. Although there is no fresh water or food on site, the site shop sells a variety of snacks and drinks.

Due to the nature of this genre of airsoft, the site doesn’t allow any under 14s to attend on regular game days, however we are hosting under 14s events. The Farm not only hosts day games but also night games, and for those of you who would like your own event, that can be tailored to your needs, LAC can host private days!

Site limits

Full Auto 1.14-Joules MAX (equates to 350 FPS calculated with 0.20g 6mm BBs)
Semi Auto DMR 1.5-Joules MAX (equates to 400 FPS calculated with 0.2g 6mm BBs) Minimum engagement range is 25-metres
Bolt Action Sniper Rifle 2.32Joules MAX (equates to 500 FPS calculated with 0.2g 6mm BBs) Minimum engagement range is 35-metres.

During my research I also came across lindsey-airsoft.co.uk which has certainly piqued my curiosity as they seem to offer a great day out on what looks to be a challenging site; if I’m in the area I think I may just have to pay them a visit!

I’ve picked these sites as I’m sure you’ll agree that they offer a bit of everything when it comes to airsoft games, from regular skirmishes through to full-on hard and fast CQB. All of the sites listed offer a great airsoft experience, and if you’re a new player or someone that fancies having a go at airsoft then they all provide hire packages that include an eye protection, an AEG with magazines, and BBs. Some will provide protective clothing along with hot drinks and lunch too but check their websites for details of what is included, along with game day costs. All the sites also have busy, regularly updated Facebook and other social media pages which include photo galleries of both the site and past games, so these are well worth a look. If there are new sites that I’ve missed, then please do feel free to contact me and I’ll endeavour to add you in a site update at a later date!

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