Designed to make women feel at ease and part of our incredible community, we connect ladies across the UK through our exciting and inclusive country events. What continues to spur on our network is seeing our members flourish and accomplish great things. We are so proud of every single lady that has had the confidence to take their first step with us, by either joining one of our social events or one of our carefully selected country pursuit events. We have ladies ranging from all levels of experience taking part in our events, from those who are learning a skill for the first time to those who would like to compete at a high level.
Our main aims for our events are to ensure that everyone is relaxed, enjoying themselves, and making memories with friends they will never forget. We provide an extremely safe environment, helping our ladies understand the traditions of shooting & other country pursuits while surrounding them with an incredible amount of support and advice from our incredible women. It has been a pleasure to see all the friendships blossom off the back of our CGUK events and we want to continue to help create those moments for you, not just in shooting but throughout everything we do.
Tania is a full-time arable farmer on her family farm in the North East of England and has been a keen shot all her life. Tania is either working hard on the farm or with her gun in hand and her black Labrador ‘Hector’ by her side. Her passion for farming from a young age led her to further her knowledge by studying Agriculture and Farm Business Management at The Royal Agricultural University. Taking university life in her stride, Tania graduated in 2018 with BSC Honours while achieving the award for ‘The Best Prospective Farmer’ after she captained the winning university team for ‘The 2018 Hutchinson and Velcourt Cereals Challenge’. After graduating, Tania wanted to share her farming and shooting journey through her Instagram account @countrygirl_andlabradors, which is how she portrayed ‘It all started!’.
‘Every day I would get incredible ladies asking how to get into shooting or how to meet like-minded women to shoot with’, she goes on to explain how she got annoyed of never being able to give an easy answer. Tania’s passion to educate and get more people into shooting along with the numerous questions is how The Country Girls UK started. ‘My passion is not just the shooting itself’ she goes on to explain how educating those on why she does what she does is a key driver behind her social media presence.
‘I thrive on helping people in any way I can and by doing anything I can to help our incredible community grow. I want to give women a platform they can shout about, meet like-minded friends for life through and experience things they’ve never experienced before. All of these alongside finding their inner confidence to pick up a gun and feel like they have the courage, experience and ability to smash those targets in front of them is exactly why the CGUK started in the first place and I am so excited for the future!’
I live in the West Midlands with my springer spaniel Reggie and after a big career change in June 2021, I started working for The Regulatory Services where I am currently managing the Homes for Ukraine scheme for local councils. I have been a member of The CGUK since it started and in June 2021 I was asked to join the team where I start off as the Midlands ambassador. In November 2021 I then joined the senior management team to take on my current role of Relations Manager.
My role within CGUK involves working behind the scenes with the rest of the senior management team where I manage the Regional Ambassadors and help with the day-to-day running of the brand. I find myself very lucky that I love both my jobs and they bring such variety to my day-to-day life.
I am not from a farming or Country background and I am actually the only person who shoots in my family. I started shooting at the age of 33 in 2018 and I am a big believer you are never too old to start a new hobby or try something new. You should always step out of your comfort zone and push yourself forward. Anyone who knows me knows I am extremely passionate about The CGUK and everything it stands for, and I am forever grateful for the opportunities I have been given and the friendships I have made.
I have been brought up in the world of Country living coming from a talented family of Falconers and Gundog Trainers. I started my career in the Fitness Industry, and have previously owned my own country clothing company known as ‘Ladies in the Field’ supplying practical country clothing to ladies within the field sports community.
I now have my own Marketing business where I work as a Social Media and Marketing Manager for The Country Girls UK. I deal with all of The CGUK’s Social Media platforms, email marketing, membership content, and much more. Having worked with Tania and the team since November 2021, it’s extremely exciting to be part of a continuously growing business and I am thrilled and honored to be a part of such a forward-thinking community.
I live in the middle of nowhere on the West Coast of Scotland and work as a part-time postie alongside this I have been a self-employed hairdresser for nearly 10 years! I have been brought up within the gamekeeping world through my family, I love the community but most of all I love getting stuck in! My partner is a deer stalker so I am lucky enough to go out on the hill and help with stalking as much as I can.
I love how CGUK is one big happy family and there is so much support for one another, whether it’s to pursue getting your shotgun license or starting a new job, the ladies are there for you, always!
Born and raised in Scotland but currently based In Newcastle and working as a Chartered Rural Surveyor.
I have been shooting on and off for about 9 years. Since getting my youngest working cocker spaniel ( Hamish) nearly 3 years ago, I’ve picked up my interest in shooting again, as well as gundog training with Hamish.
When I’m not out and about with the dogs, I either coach or play lacrosse, cook or find some amazing walks in Northumberland where I can take the dogs.
I am looking forward to seeing the CGUK grow even more throughout the next year with such a wide variety of events for our ladies to get involved with. I would also love for more ladies to try shooting for the first time as I love seeing them progress through our tuition days, our simulated game days, and then progressing through to the buzz of their first-ever game bird.
My hopes for the future of CGUK are for others to have the experience I have had with their first days, I would like others to not only progress in their shooting journey but to also be introduced and thrive. This is a community for women where they can make lifelong friends and really find where they belong.
I have been shooting on and off for around 20 years. Over the last 4 or 5 years, I have picked my gun up more regularly and I am out most weekends. I am usually clay or game shooting, working or training my dogs, deerstalking or photographing wildlife, shoot days or the local hunt.
We are a foodie family and when I am not out, I can usually be found at home, cooking and eating delicious food made with the game we provide for ourselves, along with some of our home-grown vegetables.
I live in Staffordshire / Derbyshire where I work in retail which I love. I have 4 grown-up boys along with my husband and 2 GSPs. I have been shooting on and off for 4 years now and I am really trying to better myself and become more consistent. I have recently joined a local syndicate which I enjoy but I do have to confess not as much as a day with our CGUK ladies. I am hugely passionate about getting more ladies (young and old) into shooting. Shooting has literally opened a whole new world for me. I hope to continue encouraging more ladies into the sport along with all of our other ambassadors
My family has always been big in hunting and shooting. My Dad retired from the RAF and now lives back in Scotland picking up with his 8 spaniels and ghilling during the stag season. I am lucky to go up to beat on the grouse and Ghillie on the Isle of Rum with highland ponies each year. Since joining CGUK, I’ve never looked back!!! I can’t tell you how much fun it has been and how it has progressed my shooting journey, I have truly made Friends for life, we really are a family community, helping and pushing each other to thrive!
Our tuition events are for those that have never picked up a gun before and those that have little confidence and would like to progress their shooting journey. Our beginner’s days have our ladies at the forefront of everything we do. Our days and the layouts vary based on the individuals that sign up for the particular events. Our beginner’s days are the perfect opportunity for ladies wanting to meet more like-minded women in their local area and for those that would like to gain more confidence with a gun in a safe and welcoming environment.
Our simulated clay days run during the offseason, from 1st February – 1st October. A lot of our sim clay days are based on shoots used for live game shooting, meaning the topography of the land is the same and therefore the experience is identical to a game shoot. Simulated clay days are the perfect event if you are looking to transition from the clay ground to live game and want a safe, non-pressured and affordable environment to do so. Our simulated days are also perfect if you’re a keen shot looking to keep your eye in during the offseason or if you just want to get out in the field for an amazing day with a bunch of incredible ladies.
Our game days run during the partridge and pheasant season from 1st September – 1st February. These days are situated on outstanding local and family-run shoots across the UK. We offer a truly personal game shooting experience and are very proud of what we have to offer. Whether you are new to live game shooting or an experienced shot, you are very much welcome. We will take care of all your needs throughout the day to ensure you have an extremely safe and enjoyable experience with us.
Our socials and regional events are the perfect environments to meet many like-minded women all around the UK and in your local area. We have so much planned for our social events in the future and we honestly can’t wait to show you everything we have been planning over lockdown! Take a look at what we’ve got coming up!
Our Country Pursuit events have been absolutely fantastic and have allowed our ladies to fully step outside their comfort zone in a safe environment while learning a new skill they may not have had the opportunity to learn before. Our events in 2022 consisted of introduction to Polo playing days, fly fishing days, gundog training events, falconry experience days, introduction to rifle shooting events, and stalking events for those more experienced and so much more. We are extremely member-led as a community and provide all events that our ladies are interested in having a go with. There really is no limit to what The Country Girls UK can do.
I’ve never felt the need to leave a positive review for anything before, but this community is just something else!! What they have created is an amazing, inclusive, easy to access platform for all country women wanting to have a go at shooting or improve their skills. Every single person I met last weekend was in exactly the same position as me, they wanted to have some fun, shoot some clays and make some friends with similar interests. I felt like I belonged there within an hour… it may take some courage to go out and do something for yourself and especially by yourself but if you are thinking of joining this incredible group then I urge you to throw caution to the wind, you will not regret it!
I was incredibly nervous to book my first beginners day but after an amazing day filled with laughter, cheering and exploding clays I am beyond ecstatic I took the plunge. I attended my first beginners day on Saturday at Honesberie and what an amazing day. I met some absolutely fantastic people and I felt my confidence has skyrocketed. So much so that I have booked onto another beginners day and also a sim day. The day was so well organised and the instructors were fantastic. I am still on a high from the weekend and counting down the days until I can go again. Thank you Country Girls, without you, I don’t think I would have had the courage to do something like this.
Thoroughly enjoyed the beginner’s experience. The whole day exceeded expectations. Tania is a great host and had great enthusiasm and passion for beginners to feel at ease and mingle! The whole team were great and the venue team and group couldn’t have been friendlier. Many thanks and look forward to the next one.
What an amazing group of girls the CGUK community is. I have been on 2 days now (Ampton Game & Grimston Sim) and both have been absolutely incredible. You click instantly with all the girls on the days and Tania and the teamwork so so hard to put on the best day and to make everyone feel included. Not only is the shooting top class, but the social side of the group also is amazing, and making friends has been so easy!
I’ve shot a bit before but not shotguns so I was expected to perhaps hit 1 and have a few nice chats throughout the day. I was so wrong! I howled with laughter for the whole day, chatted and made friends with a bunch of the most welcoming women I could have imagined! Elsewhere I’ve shot before has been very male-dominated and it was a breath of fresh air to just get cheered on and encouraged by ladies who are all in similar boats! I’ve already booked 2 more events, and am going camping and to Scotland, with some girls, I’ve never even met but know I’m going to laugh with. It’s such a little community with kindness I’ve not experienced before!
These girls have been everything I’ve unknowingly been looking for! xx
Becoming a CGUK member has given me so much more focus within fields ports in general. The community surrounding The Country Girls UK is so supportive… You don’t have to be just from the UK to be involved. I am based in Ireland with a fabulous Driven clay shoot planned here in June. I would encourage ladies from any country to join the family. I have made some lovely friends and connections through the group and the positive vibes and encouragement encountered make us stronger. I look forward to the years ahead within this community.
I signed up for the CGUK membership and have loved every minute. I’ve grown in confidence and met amazing ladies along the way. Each month has a different schedule planned for us and this has really kept me motivated especially during the lockdown. This month’s members Crufts competition was a laugh and the zoom butchery course was fabulous, not forgetting our monthly gin night which is still to come!! I can’t thank the ladies enough for being so welcoming, supportive & for sharing their knowledge xx
Becoming a CGUK member has definitely brightened up lockdown, it’s also made me realise how many lovely, like-minded ladies there are around to chat to and get to know! Can’t wait to finally meet all our members in the flesh when lockdown lifts xx
Having never been on a shoot before I was pretty nervous, even more so because I didn’t know a single person going. The organisation in the lead up to the day was spot on and we were paired up (all newbies were paired up with someone experienced) which meant you had time to plan who was taking what and had someone to bombard with questions. Despite the fact, some of the girls knew each other already it wasn’t at all cliquey! Everyone is super welcoming and it’s a really relaxed atmosphere so don’t be afraid to get involved and ask questions. I wish I’d gone along sooner and I’m looking forward to the next one!
This was an incredible day of firsts, not just for me, but for the other ladies making up the team of guns: It was my first game day where 100% of the team of guns were ladies. My first game day where I knew no one else before I arrived, but left having made some amazing friends. My first ever game day where I was alongside experience shots and complete beginners, one of which shot her first-ever game bird, a privilege to see. The day was wonderful, considering I was nervous on my way, when I met all the other guns, I felt instantly relaxed and knew I was in for a day to remember. The presentation of the birds from folly sporting were fantastic, ranging from some easier birds for the beginners so some testing highflyers for the more experienced shots. After the incredible day of sport and food, we all left with game birds from the day and pheasant sausages made by folly sporting – the perfect cherry on the cake. I only hope I get to experience a day like this again.
Having followed The Country Girls UK since the very beginning and becoming very friendly with Tania, she kindly asked me to oversee a shoot she had organised at The Folly Sporting while she was away travelling. So if you take 18 women, most of who haven’t met before and travel to a shoot in rural Leicestershire for a day of game shooting, what can you really expect? Well, we had the most incredible day of shooting and laughter! After the warmest of welcomes and introductions, all the ladies were split into pairs dependent on ability making sure any novices were paired with an experienced gun. Throughout the day there were five drives of fabulous shooting with some girls bagging their first-ever game which meant there were definitely smiles all round! Alongside the shooting, the day included fantastic hospitality. Starting with bacon rolls for breakfast followed by elevenses, lunch and finishing with tea and homemade cakes, all accompanied by plenty of bubbles! To top it off, all ladies were presented with gift bags full of amazing goodies! Such a lovely and unexpected touch. After a day out with The Country Girls UK, you can be guaranteed to leave with newfound confidence, a whole bunch of new friends and a smile on your face.
I absolutely loved my first ever Game day at The Folly with the Country Girls UK organised by Tania. I was the first to turn up (I was super early), I was a little nervous but was soon put at ease as soon as I met Kate, James and their lovely family… I was shown to the very cosy boot room and the other Country Girls started to arrive soon after. What a friendly and encouraging bunch of ladies, for someone who is very new to this sport and didn’t really know what to expect but again I was put at ease. Met my beautiful peg partner Caitlin for the first time, who kindly let me use her gun for the day and guided me through the day (we have now become very good friends) From start to finish it was well-organised hospitality was amazing and was enjoyed by all. Just to top off what was already a brilliant day I shot my first bird and also got kindly picked as the novice shooter of the day and was given a bag full of beautiful gifts. I left on a massive high with some new friends who I have since met up with at other events. Cannot wait until the next CGUK event. Thank you, EVERYONE, that was involved x
The shoot at The Plucked Pheasant was my first experience of a sim day and it completely exceeded my expectations thanks to all the hard work of everyone involved in planning it. The drives were fantastic, the hospitality was incredible and the company of the girls there was brilliant! I couldn’t fault a single thing and am so happy and grateful to have been part of it all. It’s a memory I will treasure forever, and I am forever in debt to the people there that have given me both the confidence to get out and shoot more, as well as the life -long friendships I have made as a result of this day.
My First Ladies sim day & what a cracking day it was, the excitement and rush of emotions on this day was never-ending. It was incredible. The plucked pheasant were phenomenal hosts! Everything down to the last detail I want to shout off the rooftops and praise! I’ve been around guns for a few years as my husband shoots, but I have never taken a keen interest in them until the middle of last year. The @thecountrygirlsuk gave me the confidence to attend a local shoot and shoot my first pheasant! Knowing all of those 200+ supportive ladies were in my pocket cheering me on gave me the best feeling. Since then I’ve gone from knowing I’m gun safe to being completely in charge of my gun! All thanks to the mega support of the country girls which made this sim day so much more fun knowing I was only surrounded by support and help, not judgement. The entire day at the plucked pheasant was such a memorable day, the atmosphere was next to none with all the excited faces of everyone new and experienced. It was such fun watching all the girls that had never been on a sim day before, gain the confidence & smash clays was amazing. A lot of the ladies were so nervous about before the day but after the first drive, you could tell that was all gone. I couldn’t stop seeing smiles all day, the infectious laughter echoed from us at peg 9 all the way down to peg 1 and never stopped all day. Given the chance and my bank account, I would be on every day the Country Girls put on. You are never disappointed and always feel so much love and support. As well as your face hurting from smiling so much, which is never a bad thing! So big thank you to the @thepluckedpheasant, @thecountrygirlsuk, our amazing photographer @hagued92 and of course all of the amazing ladies who went on the day and made it such fun! ???
This was my first sim day and it was safe to say it did not disappoint. I picked a gun up for the first time last November and haven’t been shooting clays as much as I can, but progressing from clays to real game is quite a daunting thought so a day like this was perfect for you to get an understanding of how game days run and what to expect from them. The Country Girls group has been so encouraging and supportive and I honestly wouldn’t have ever done something like this if it wasn’t for them, I’ve definitely made some friends for life.
The day itself ( and especially the food ? ) exceeded my expectations and I can’t thank Rich and Francesca enough for all the time and thought that went into planning an amazing day for us all, Tania for getting us all together and pushing us a lot of us out of our comfort zones to do this amazing day & of course Dan for his amazing pictures.
This is definitely the first of many sim days for me ?
Where to start… this was my first sim day, having only shot a couple of beaters days and some clay lessons, I was ready for the challenge! Emily and I drove up together and picked up two “strangers” (Mel & Amelia) in which we all did not take a breath for talking and laughing so much on the way there. It was exciting yet daunting to meet all the rest of the girls, everyone was so lovely we were all at ease and straight away it was clear that the day was going to be one to remember!! It is rare to find such a great bunch of ladies all in one place. I can’t thank Tania enough as not only have you helped fuel my passion and confidence in shooting but also make new long-lasting friendships! @thepluckedpheasant put on the most fantastic day and one to remember, their attention to detail is impeccable and I wish them all the success with the business! ?
Wow. Where to start? Arriving at the sim day, having not met any of the @thecountrygirlsuk before, I was super nervous…. although had no need to be! The group of girls were so lovely and friendly, and I am so pleased to have found such a great group of girls who share the same interests. Frankie and Richard from @thepluckedpheasant were also very welcoming and their hospitality was second to none. Everything was so well thought of, from the food & drinks to each drive, this all made the day run smoothly ensuring we all had the best time! ?
I had the best day with an amazing bunch of the Country girls. Each of the four drives had a varying layout, putting both clays to test us and clays to build our confidence over our heads. Starting the day knowing no one and ending it knowing some amazing people was a bonus! I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend a @thecountrygirlsuk day to everyone! ????
We arrived at 10 am, to a room of tea, coffee, bacon butties and faces full of nerves and excitement. I knew a lot of the girls already but that’s what’s great about @TheCountryGirlsUK events, we always pair up with someone new, so after meeting the lovely @ginshartop, we headed out by car to the first two drives. First up was a nice warm-up drive with steady mid-height driven clays from behind a woodland, everyone got stuck in and relaxed. This was followed by a fun drive full of high driven clays off a bank where we were pegged on the edge with some tricky targets over a tree line. We were soon laughing, and the poaching was well underway! Time for elevenses, Sloegasms and a spread of homemade pies, sausage rolls, Parma ham, olives and more! The sun was out and we all de-layering in excitement of the final two drives. Next up was an open field full of partridge crossers, followed by a final big quarry high pheasant drive. I was in my element and this pic says it all – we are both celebrating here after I hit a nice left and right, poaching from both my neighbouring pegs. I honestly can’t recommend a day with @thecountrygirlsuk enough. Whether you’re new or experienced, there’s something for everyone and we always spend the day laughing and having fun in some of the most stunning scenery. A big thank you to @grimstonsimulatedgame and @countrygirl_andlabradors for such an amazing day!
I was pretty apprehensive arriving at the Country Girls UK sim day, I don’t shoot well with an audience and so I felt a little out of my depth, but I needn’t have worried. Everyone was so warm and welcoming with a superb comradery spirit which put me at total ease. Grimston simulated game put on a superb display of varying clays which both boosted confidence and tested your skills. Coupled with exquisite food and drinks we were treated like total queens making the whole day such an amazing experience which I would wholeheartedly recommend. I’ve never turned up somewhere not knowing a soul and came away with so many new friends! Being mostly a game shooter, this really is the next best thing and really helped me get my eye in for the coming season! So to anyone holding off due to nerves or lack of confidence, please do get involved, you won’t regret it and you’ll have the most memorable, fun and laughter filled day!
I have to say if you had said to me this time last year that I would be out on a sim day with 17 other girls that I’d never met… I would’ve said… NO chance! But here I am, literally smashing the clay! @thecountrygirlsuk group has brought out so much confidence in me, and the support from all the girls in the group has just encouraged me to get out and have a go at something completely new to me! I have learnt and am still learning so much from every single one of the ladies! I have made friends for life through this group, and I can’t wait to get out more and more with them all! I loved this sim day so much, that the day after, I booked myself onto the next sim day with The Country Girls UK! I’m getting all this practice in ready for my first game day with the girls in December! What an awesome group of women, absolutely smashing it, in what is quite a male-dominated lifestyle!