Gunman Airsoft Newsletter (14/04/2021)

14/04/2021

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!!!

Yes, after months of waiting we are within days of our epic re-opening weekend. As mentioned in our previous newsletter this is the first time we will be running all four of our sites at the same time. We’re ready and we’re sure you are to.

Now with our reopening in mind we have certain additional guidelines on some sites that go alongside the standard Covid restrictions that we are all familiar with.

These will be posted on each site’s social media pages in the coming days and it is each player’s responsibility to be familiar with these additional guidelines. They are there for everyone’s safety and will allow us to continue to operate and bring you fantastic airsoft events.

In other news we announced this week that Gunman Battle Lakes has partnered with Dot Cottons Cafe to supply breakfast and lunch for their game days. Your order must be given in advance and you can do this by emailing ianludman92@gmail.com. The menu can be found on the Battle Lakes Instagram and Facebook pages.

Camp Bravo will also continue to serve hot food through BMS Catering.

Tuddenham will continue to host Vix Snax Shop providing all sorts of treats and snacks at lunch times.

Camp Alpha does not have any food or drink available currently so if you are attending you must make your own arrangements.

As always if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid19 DO NOT ATTEND!!!!

We are more than happy to move your ticket to another date of your choosing and while we know everyone is itching to get back to the hobby it is certainly not worth the risk to yourself and others around you.

That’s it for this week. We hope you all have a fantastic first weekend back.

Feel free to tag us in any photos on social media. We love seeing all your game day pics.

Stay safe, look after each other and most importantly have fun.

The Gunman Team.

Gunman Airsoft Newsletter 07/04/2021

Gunman Airsoft Newsletter

07/04/2021

Hey everyone, we hope you are all keeping well and are all as excited as we are for our reopening on 17th April. 

For the first time ever we have a weekend where all 4 of our sites are open and running at the same time. Several of which are completely sold out. 

Our May dates have also gone live in the last few days so if you wish to book your spot  in advance just head over to our open days section and select the date you want.

All of our staff have been hard at work, across all our sites, getting everything ready for your return. They have been keeping areas tidy and constructing new features across all of our amazing sites. We wanted to make use of our time constructively to get things ready for you all.

Tuddenham

Robbie and the team have been hard at work building brand new features in and around the new trench system; and working to maintain the whole site, including our much loved CQB village.

Camp Alpha

Johnny and his team have also added new features including new MG bunkers and a new crows nest which looks amazing.

Camp Bravo

Boston and the Bravo crew have been hard at work improving the safe zone area with a new shelter that has just been completed. Lots more lighting has also been added for their very popular night games and new cover features added to the game areas.

Battle Lakes

Josh has been working on maintaining Battle Lakes and has big plans on new features and improvements to the site. He is currently hosting a build day this Saturday (10th April) and anyone who wishes to lend a hand can give him a call on 07711 774401 to discuss this further.

Now for the boring stuff.

While we are all counting down the days until we can play again we must remain as careful as always to protect ourselves and each other. Remember when you arrive at any of our sites you must follow social distancing guidelines and keep to your bubbles, and please follow all instructions given to you by our Marshals.

We will either expect you to work and maintain your gear at either your vehicle or designated areas. These will be assigned to you upon arrival, and facemasks must be worn in any indoor areas.

While we will have a shop available at every site selling consumables (ammo, gas, pyro) these may be scaled back in some areas. This means we may not have other things that you are used to seeing, such as gear or RIFs available straight away.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of this information please do not hesitate to get in contact at enquiries@gunmanairsoft.co.uk or through Facebook and Instagram.

Despite everything that has happened in the last few months we are extremely excited for everything the future holds for us, and we can’t wait to welcome you all back!

Stay safe and we will see you soon.

The Gunman Team.

COVID Update 29th March 2021

As many of you are aware, there has been much debate over the last week as to whether airsoft sites are permitted to operate this weekend with the first stage of restrictions being eased following lockdown.

After much consideration of the available guidelines and rules presented by the government, we are convinced that the following holds true:

Outdoors airsoft sites are permitted to open from 29th March, however, activities are limited to groups of no more than six persons or two households until stage 2 (12th April earliest).

We are aware that many site operators have contacted their local authorities and have been told that no enforcement action will be taken against them if they operate larger games this weekend. We have chosen not to take this route for a number or reasons:

Firstly, the current relaxation measures have been designed to allow people to get outside and partake in small, self-organised activities such as tennis, golf etc which are recognised to have minimal viral transmission risks. The maximum of six persons or two households still applies.

Provision has been made for certain sporting activities to be able to provide for larger groups, under strict controls in games officially sanctioned by there recognised governing body. The national governing bodies (eg the FA etc) have strategies in place which have been pre-agreed at a government level to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Informal or self-organised activities must still stick to the rule of six. This means that you could hire a five-aside pitch at your local leisure centre for a kick-around with up to six persons partaking (and no spectators), but only play a full five-aside match if it was being organised and run by a recognised FA approved official.

Secondly, we have experienced issues with local coucils in the past, where they have agreed (in writing) not to persue enforcement action and have then gone ahead and done so anyway, so we are loathe to rely on their assurances where fines of tens of thousands of pounds and total site closure are potentially involved.

The most likely enforcement on a game weekend would come from the Police, and we are all too familiar (with many recent, high-profile examples) with individual forces and constables applying different interpretations and actions when responding to reports of potential rule-breaches.

Thirdly, this first two weeks of lockdown easing will be closely watched, and people’s actions will have a large effect on whether the proposed second stage of the Government’s roadmap will take place on 12th April or be pushed back further. The press have already reported much irresponsible behaviour in the last two days alone – reports of “large, illegal airsoft gatherings” across the country will do nothing to help either the current situation, or the reputation of airsoft as a whole.

As such, we can confirm that we will not be operating airsoft open days until at least the 12th April, when the second stage of lockdown restriction easing takes place. To do so would be in contravention of the rules and therefore illegal, and whether enforcement takes place or not it would be irresponsible for us to operate as normal.

While we do not agree with the goverment’s decision in this case, and believe that properly organised airsoft games pose a lower risk than many other currently permitted activites, we will respect the law and hold off until we are 100% legal to do so in stage 2. We hope that this will be possible on the weekend of 17th & 18th March.

New home for events!

With so many open day airsoft events as well as special themed events planned for the year ahead and beyond, we have decided to separate the two categories to different websites.

We hope that by doing so, the unique nature of the experience provided on Filmsim events will be emphasised, and remove any confusion between what we provide on these compared to an open day run at Gunman Airsoft sites.

The long-postponed Okto Eight Milsim and Cold War events which have been moved to April and May will remain on this site, all future events will be hosted on https://filmsim.co.uk

We are unable to transfer account details between the two websites due to data protection laws, so you will need to create a user account on the Filmsim website if you wish to book onto any of the events there. Once you have done this, we can manually transfer any outstanding credits on request.

All open-day airsoft bookings will continue to take place through this website.

Once again, we thank you all for your ongoing support, especially over the last year with the constant stop-start of our activities, and look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Gunman Airsoft Covid19 Update Feb 2021

WE’RE BACK!!
As per the government guidelines Gunman Airsoft will be reopening as of Saturday 3rd April across all of our sites. We can’t wait and we know you guys can’t either.

As per our previous exits from lockdowns the current Covid restrictions will apply. Parties of 6 per group and social distancing to be maintained per the current guidelines. Facemasks to be worn in all indoor areas as before. Full details of all guidelines are available at www.gunmanairsoft.co.uk

For anyone who already has a ticket from December just send us a email at enquiries@gunmanairsoft.co.uk with your preferred date and we will get you booked in.  For the next 14 days starting tonight we will guarantee a slot for the day of your choosing.

Anyone that is waiting for a refund, these will be processed before the end of April but sooner if we are able. We really appreciate your patience in this regard.

Stay tuned to our specific site Facebook and Instagram pages for specific game dates. And if your not following us make sure you give us a like and a follow.

Any questions please ask and we will do our best to respond but please be patient.

Stay safe and we will see you all soon. 

IMPORTANT COVID Update!

The goalposts have changed once again, and we now find ourselves in a position where all our sites will be in tier 4 areas from Boxing Day. We’ve pored over the rules and put a lot of painstaking thought into whether we can operate or not, and although we are confident that we can run safely and within the law, we don’t believe that it would be responsible for us to do so with the current high rates of infection circulating.

As a result, we will now have to cancel our “Who Ate All the Pies?” games at both our Tuddenham and Eversley Alpha sites on both the Sunday and Monday.

During the previous two national lockdowns, many of you were supportive enough to allow us to move your cancelled game ticket to a future event once we exited the lockdowns rather than demanding a refund. We cannot fully express our gratitude for this – we are a small business, and our sole income is from activities which have now been forced to shut down three times this year.

We would be immensely grateful once again, if anyone who is able to, is willing to accept a credit towards a future event of your choice as soon as we are permitted to operate again.

We will make every effort to honour any refund requests for cancelled events as soon as we are able, however we will be unable to do so immediately while we have no income. Anyone requesting a refund will get placed on a list, and we will work our way through the list as quickly as we are able.

Please bear with us during this difficult time – we remain committed to ensuring that none of our customers lose out financially because of government restrictions.

As we can’t be certain at this point what the situation will be in the new year, we have also taken the decision to cancel the WWII game planned for 30th January and reschedule the Cold War event planned for the 9th & 10th January.

The Cold War event will now be moving to 12th & 13th March and will be held at our Battle Lakes site in Kent. Your existing deposit will be transferred over to the new dates so you don’t need to do anything unless you can’t make it. If you cannot make the new date or venue, please let us know as soon as possible so we can arrange for a credit or refund for you.

The Okto Eight MilSim has also been rescheduled to 27th & 28th March – the site remains unchanged, the same applies as regards to deposits as the Cold War gam above.

We will be contacting all ticket holders via email soon to inform them of the changes.

We have had to make a decision today based on very little information from the Government and with great conflict between what’s best for the business, our customers, our staff, ourselves and our families, as well as the UK community at large. The tier 4 rules do not appear to specifically prohibit us from operating, but one of our core values from day one has always been “spirit of the rules” rather than trying to find loopholes to get around the “letter of the rules”.

It has pained us to make the decision to cancel this weekend, but we believe this is the most responsible and morally sound course of action and are sure that we have your support in this difficult conclusion.

Josh and Doug will make every effort to be available to answer any questions you may have over the next few days, but if you could contact us via email unless it’s urgent, we would really appreciate the time with our families as we brace for another rough period ahead.

We hope that you are all able to enjoy the holiday period as best as you can. Please keep yourselves and others safe by sticking the the guidelines, and hopefully it won’t be too long before we see you all back out in the field.

Tier 4 Update

Following this evening’s announcement on tier 4 introductions, we just want to assure you that we will still be running games at both Tuddenham and Eversley Alpha tomorrow as planned, numbers may be a litter thinner than expected due to our proximity to tier 4 areas, so any extra players will be most welcome.

If you will be in a tier 4 area from midnight and unable to attend please drop us an email with your details so we can transfer your booking to a future date when your tier is reduced.

We would also appreciate if anyone booked for next weekend’s “Who Ate All the Pies?” games could drop us an email in the next few days to confirm whether they will still be attending or not so we can gauge attendance numbers.

We have cancelled next weekend’s games at Battle Lakes which is now in a tier 4 area – dates for next year will be announced as soon as we know the tiers have been relaxed for Kent.

Stay safe guys, see you soon.

Newsletter Week 51 2020

With the change in tiers this week, we’ve had a lot of questions regarding how it affects our games. We’ll try to clear a few questions up for you if we can – please bear in mind that we are only familiar with the English tiers, if you are coming from Scotland or Wales, then you will need to check how that affects you.

Firstly, the stuff that is definitely ok:
We can continue to run our games as we have been doing, this is the case across all three tiers.
Customers from any tier level are permitted to attend our sites and partake in airsoft activities.

The “not-so-definite” bit:
If you live in a tier 3 area, you are advised to “Avoid travel” unless it is essential. The wording here appears to allow for flexibility and discretion, as things that are outright banned are very clearly presented as “You must not…”

Our take on it is that it doesn’t appear to be against the law to travel to an airsoft game from a tier three area, but it is recommended that you don’t to help prevent the spread of the virus. You will have to make your own decision based on your personal circumstances as popping a couple of miles down the road may be considered ok, whereas driving for four hours may not.

If you choose to attend our games from a tier 3 area, you are welcome to do so provided that you continue to follow the tier 3 rules whilst on site (social distancing etc) – this does appear to preclude overnight stays as well.

If your judgement is that it would be wiser for you to remain at home, we will support your decision by offering to transfer your tickets to a future date, provided you contact us in advance of the game to allow us to allocate your space to another player.

The same goes for mandatory self-isolation: if you find that you have to self-isolate, please contact us with as much notice as possible to have your booking moved.

Please note that we will be unable to offer refunds in either case, we will also not be able to provide ticket transfers for those who do not contact us in advance.

We will be publishing some of next year’s dates in the next week, starting with January’s open days at all sites. Spaces will still be limited due to social distancing requirements, so please ensure you book in advance.

This weekend we are gearing up for the holiday season with the first of our “Santa vs Elves” Xmas themed games. Fancy dress is optional, but we will be identifying teams by means of a red or green Santa/elf hat – if you can bring these it would be very helpful as we are very limited in what we can dish out. As the game revolves around collecting presents, it would also be really helpful if everyone could bring a fake present with them – the more objectives the better!

Tuddenham and Eversley Alpha are hosting this weekend’s FilmSim based silliness, as well as next weekend’s “Who Ate All the Pies?” Xmas skirmish spectacular.

Next weekend we are running on the Sunday and Monday at both sites – if you turn up on Boxing day we won’t be there! You’re welcome to do some tidying up while you’re there though…

As attendances are now starting to reduce we now find ourselves in a position to be able to accommodate walk-on customers at some of our open days. We still have to ensure social distancing, however, so these spaces are on a very limited basis and we cannot guarantee to fit you in if you turn up without ringing first.

Tickets can still be booked online until midnight before the game and will guarantee you a space. If you find you can attend on the morning of a game, please ring the site contact number (found on the website event page) to confirm availability. The site manager is usually available from 0700.

Rental tickets must still be booked in advance as we can’t “squeeze one more in” if we don’t have the kit!

Newsletter Week 49 2020

We hope you’re all looking forward to this weekend as much as we are! We’re kicking off the month with skirmish weekends at Camp Bravo, Eversley and our new Battle Lakes site in Kent. There are still some spaces left for you to get tickets last minute if you haven’t done so already.

Because we had to postpone the opening of Battle Lakes for a month and we’re really excited about it, we’ve added extra dates next weekend. We will be running a Battlefield themed game on this huge site, so get booking!

We’re headed into that time of year where we get a bit sillier than usual, with our Xmas themed Santa Vs Elf game coming to all of our sites – bring a hat if you can (or better yet a full outfit!) – forget “tacticool” for a month and get your bright red or green game on!

We also have our ever-popular post Xmas “Who Ate all the Pies?” skirmish weekends lined up. Short, fast-paced games designed to give you a chance to work off the extra lockdown and Xmas calories as well as show off any shiny new kit…

Don’t forget that our activities are permitted to go ahead even in tier 3 areas which is excellent news. We also want to remind you of our commitment to ensuring that none of our customers end up out of pocket due to COVID; if you have to self-isolate we will happily transfer your ticket to a future date for you so you don’t lose out. We’d prefer that you stay at home and don’t bring it with you!

We’d like to once again thank all of you for your patience and understanding regarding credits and transfers from cancelled November dates – it’s been a huge help in keeping us up and running as well as being able to continue with site work during the lockdown. If you still have an outstanding ticket, please email us with details of which event you’d like it transferring to – we will be planning next year’s open days in the coming weeks so you can plan ahead.

On a final note, we always get asked at this time of year if we do gift cards. We are proud to announce that these are now available for purchase on our website! Available in several different values, they can be used to buy anything from the website. They are in the form of an emailed code, the purchaser can enter their own email address and print it off if they wish to pop it in a card as a surprise to be opened at Xmas.

Newsletter Week 48 2020

We’re approaching the end of lockdown 2.0 and finally we’ve had some good news! Organised outdoor sports, including airsoft, will be permitted to run after the lockdown ends, even in tier 3 restricted areas. As such, it looks good for all of our planned weekends in December. We are currently constructing an official statement to be released as soon as possible.

If you still have a credit outstanding for cancelled games in November, please email us with your preferred date and venue so we can transfer you across before spaces are filled up.

Don’t forget that next weekend will be our (slightly belated) opening weekend at the awesome Battle Lakes site! If you know anyone who played at the site under Zed’s, we’d love for them to come as well and share their input of the site with us. The scenarios will be short and simple, and played across as many areas of the site as we can manage so we can get a feel for how it plays. Once we’re up to speed with the layout in a few months, we will be aiming to run mostly FilmSim games to make use of large areas or the entire site for longer scenarios. Come along and help us make the site yours!

We are also operating at Camp Bravo on the same weekend – this one will be the last regular skirmish game of the year, after that it’s Xmas themed madness across all sites until 2021!

There are also night games coming up at both Camp Bravo and Tuddenham.

Speaking of Tuddenham, we’ve been busy during the lockdown and have carried out a lot of groundwork at the site including digging trenches. We are hoping to have some photos to show you over the next week, so keep your eyes peeled and follow us on Facebook and Instagram if you haven’t already done so.