The British Homing World Show of the Year is an annual event, the largest gathering of Pigeon Fanciers in the United Kingdom. It’s a two-day event that takes place in January in Blackpool. Whether you are a new member, curious about pigeons, or a veteran pigeon fancier, there is something for everyone at the show. From trade stands, various groups and organisations, talks, films, young fanciers areas, to the main event: the showing and judging of thousands of the top pigeons in the UK. More that that, it’s an amazing chance for pigeon fanciers to meet up.
The Blackpool show is without doubt one of the largest in the world and regularly attracts around 25,000 visitors. It is held over the third weekend in January each year. We understand that it is Blackpool’s busiest weekend of the year when hoteliers, restaurants, taxi drivers and shopkeepers welcome pigeon fanciers and their families with open arms. For it is truly a family event. Fanciers can buy anything from a £25,000 mahogany loft to a bag of pigeon corn at one of the 200 or so trade stands. Thousands of pigeons change hands at sales and auctions where sums of £10 to perhaps £10,000 can be paid for a pedigree racing pigeon or its offspring. Events are held for young fanciers, and wives and partners go to the variety of shops. There is a real brotherhood of fanciers, and friends will meet up from various parts of the country not having seen their pals since the previous show.
Of course there is a serious side to the show and it could be termed the ‘Crufts of the Pigeon World’. Around 2500 pigeons are on display, all trying to win best in show, with the winner going on to the Supreme Champion class. To enter this class your pigeon must have won at a pigeon show in the previous 12 months. There is a lot of kudos to winning at Blackpool and indeed the same for any fancier who is invited to judge – it is a great honour for them.