Newsletter Week 31 2020

We had another exciting weekend at both Camp Bravo and Tuddenham, huge thanks to everyone who attended.

We are confident now that we can continue to meet social distancing requirements in the safe zones with 50 players per day, and as promised, we will be dropping our ticket prices back to the £25 and £50 which they were at before lockdown. This will take effect from September’s events.

We will still be requiring people to book on the website in advance, in order to avoid overfilling on the day, so please continue to use this method.

Apologies for the issues with booking on the website over the last week – Doug found a great way to improve the website loading speed, but unfortunately, it broke the login system. The site does now require you to login to buy tickets, and the issue has been fixed, although the speed improvements have also been lost. We will be addressing this over the next few weeks with some changes on the server end.

As always, if you experience any issues with the booking system, please email doug@gunmanairsoft.co.uk.

We have also made some changes to the Facebook pages when it comes to messaging. The only Facebook page whose messages will be monitored and responded to will be the main Gunman Airsoft page at https://www.facebook.com/GunmanAirsoft the other pages will auto-respond. This has been done to avoid missed messages and should hopefully speed up our response. Please do not send PMs to the staff’s accounts on Facebook, these often go un-noticed for long periods of time. We are not avid Facebookers outside of our work use (Doug doesn’t even have Facebook on his personal devices) so please bear with us if you don’t get an immediate reply.

Most of the questions which we get asked are answered on our website, so have a look there if you don’t get a speedy reply. If an event is open for booking, it will be on the website, but may not be advertised on Facebook. Please feel free to phone us on our published numbers, but again, we have families and are away working every weekend, so we usually have Mondays and Tuesdays as down time and may not respond during these times.

Lastly, just a reminder that this is your last chance to get discounted tickets for the GI weekender at the end of August – use the voucher code “GI20EARLY” at checkout to get a £10 discount before Friday night! The blue Hammers team is already fully booked, so don’t leave it until the last minute if you want to be on the same team as your mates.

Thank you all once again for your continued support.

Newsletter Week 30 2020

We’re starting to get back into the swing of things now with another couple of awesome weekends at both Tuddenham and Eversley Alpha site.

This weekend we are back at Tuddenham again as well as Camp Bravo for two days of skirmish fun. Tuddenham still has some spaces available on the Sunday, so if you’ve missed out over the last couple of weeks, get booked.

General clearance work is well underway at our Tuddenham site, with several of the Marshals putting in some huge efforts to catch up with the weeds and brambles. We also have new structures going up. We now have Robbie as a dedicated site manager for Tuddenham, he has some big plans going forward, the first of which being to re-introduce mid-week night games! The first of these will be in August, the event is up on the website for booking now.

Keep your eyes on the Tuddenham Facebook page for more exciting news as well as competitions with some great prizes.

Our new 2020 patches are now being manufactured, as soon as we have them available we’ll let you know.

Our Camp Bravo site at Eversley is now running evening games on every Wednesday and Friday night – spaces are limited and should be booked by emailing matt.b@gunmanairsoft.co.uk.

On a technical note, we have been experiencing some issues recently with the website being slow. Doug is looking into it in an effort to discover whether it’s a hosting problem, or something related to the new booking software. He will be performing some database and server maintenance tonight during which time the site will be unavailable. If it’s not back up and running by the morning he’s probably passed out on his keyboard at 4am again…

We are also experiencing an issue where some of you have not been emailed a ticket. Doug is looking into this issue as well, and hopefully will have a fix sorted soon. The bug has also meant that your name may not have been automatically added to the attendee list used on the gate. Doug is aware of this and has manually added everybody who is affected onto the lists for this weekend. Any issues, get in touch with Doug on 07711 774461 or doug@gunmanairsoft.co.uk he is mostly available Wed to Sun but very selfishly has Mondays and Tuesdays to himself, so bear with him on those days (also he’s rubbish at checking Facebook messages!)

Newsletter Week 29 2020

We had yet another awesome weekend at both the Tuddenham and Camp Bravo sites last week. Thank you all once again.

This weekend we are running at Tuddenham and the Eversley Alpha site on Saturday and Sunday. Places are still limited, but have been increased to 40 per day. There are still a couple of tickets left at the time of writing this, pop to our website to book a place.

Please note that the sniper ban is currently in place at our Eversley sites as the undergrowth is always keen at this time of year and it’s had a few months of nobody running around in it as well, so expect full on Vietnam style jungle! There is now no catering available at the Alpha site this weekend, so please bring some food.

We have got a new 2020 Gunman patch on the way, as soon as they arrive, we will let you know, and you can grab yours at one of our sites.

Thanks again for your continued support and enthusiasm, we’re so glad to be back to doing what we love; providing high quality days of airsoft for you guys.

COVID-19 Measures Update

After two weekends of successfully managing 30 customers per day on our sites, we are confident enough with our existing measures to be able to support 40 on our open days comfortable without increasing the risk to crew and customers form COVID-19.

We will be opening up extra spaces from next weekend at both the Eversley and Tuddenham events which are currently sold out. This will require everybody who attends to continue sticking to the procedures put in place, so far everybody has been super supportive.

We are also now offering catering at both our Eversley sites, with staff having been trained in the extra measures required. No food or drink will be sold at Tuddenham for the time being.

Once again, we than you all for your continued support and ask you to ensure that you do not become complacent when attending our sites.

Newsletter Week 28 2020

We had a very successful weekend at both Tuddenham and Camp Bravo – huge thanks to everyone who joined in and stuck to the new safe-zone rules.

This weekend we are back at both sites again, with a fully-booked weekend. We will be re-assessing after this weekend whether we feel we can safely raise the player numbers to 40 for August if we can. This does rely on everybody continuing to be sensible in the safe-zone and stay vigilant with your distancing.

We are bringing extra stock to site with us, but most of it will not be displayed to avoid the temptation to fondle it, so if there’s something that you need, please ask in case we have it under the counter. We are starting to place stock orders again, so if there is anything you need, drop us an email over the weekend so we can try and get it in for you.

Don’t forget that our GI weekender event is still on for the end of August bank holiday weekend at the usual site in Hertfordshire. Tickets are back on sale on the website, and if you use the voucher code “GI20EARLY” there is a £10 discount per ticket if booked before the end of July! Camping will be available for this event, thanks to the huge field which we have in the safe zone.

At the moment, we would prefer if people did not camp at our open weekends as we need all the space we can get in the safe-zone, however we are able to accommodate small groups if you are travelling a large distance to attend, providing that the current Government guidelines are adhered to.

Newsletter Week 27 2020

We are all geared up for our first weekend of airsoft in forever and are really excited to see you all!

Both Tuddenham and Camp Bravo are completely sold out this weekend, so please don’t come down unless you have a ticket as we will have to turn you away.

Tuddenham is running Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Camp Bravo is Saturday and Sunday only.

Both sites will have as much retail as we can bring with us and display behind the counter – we will not have everything out for display to prevent people handling stock and putting it back, so please ask if you don’t see what you need. We will certainly have BBs, gas and pyro as well as eye/face protection and gloves.

The rest of the weekends in July are booking up fast, so make sure you book a ticket early to avoid disappointment, particularly if you want to play with your mates.

We will consider opening up extra space for our August open days if we feel we can do so safely – it’s mainly about managing social distancing in the safe-zone, we will have a better idea of how well our current measures work over the next couple of weeks and will only increase capacity if we are sure it is safe and sensible to do so.

We are also looking to place a small order for some new stock next week – we are accepting special orders with advance payment for collection on site next weekend, so if there’s something you fancy drop us an email before Monday evening and we’ll see if we can add it to the order if possible.

Stay safe, see you all soon.

GMA Newsletter Week 25 2020

We’ve had a very busy week, updating the systems on our website, adding all the open days we can fit into the next couple of months and just generally having a “back to the office” re-organisation of things.

We are hugely grateful for all of your support over the last few months and genuinely hope everyone is doing well and adapting to this weird situation as best as you can. Thanks for bearing with us when it came to information flow and response to messages. We will now be fully monitoring the emails and Facebook pages as much as we can from this point on.

Doug has spent the last week tweaking things on the website, there are probably still a few bugs floating around, so please feel free to email him at doug@gunmanairsoft.co.uk if you are still experiencing any issues with the new booking and payment system.

One of the driving reasons behind the update was to make the switch to a (hopefully) better and more versatile event calendar, ticket system and payment portal. The new ticket system has enabled us to reduce the amount of ticket choices which we previously had for our events. This should hopefully make things a bit simpler and clearer for everyone.

You can also now create an account on the website. At the moment this is mainly to help you keep track of your orders with us, but the plan is to be able to offer individually tailored discounts and special offers to our regular customers. We have been looking at practical ways to offer some kind of regulars’ rewards since we had to withdraw the loyalty scheme and once we get settled back into some kind of routine, we will put something together.

While we are operating at reduced numbers, we will be requiring everybody to buy a ticket in advance before coming to the game. This will apply to ALL customers without exception. We have always taken pride in being one of the few sites that run open days without the necessity to pre-book, and our staff, Marshals and regular customers have always found some way to pull out all the stops and squeeze those extra few guys in to avoid disappointing anyone. In the current situation it would be hugely irresponsible of us to take this approach, as well as being unfair to those who have made the effort to pre-book. We kindly ask that you respect the current situation until such time as we are able to accommodate more players responsibly and safely.

There are obviously a lot of extra restrictions which we have put in place, please be prepared to operate out of your car boot, we will have very limited space for players’ kit in the usual places and these spaces will need to go to players who have been dropped off. The retail on site will be limited to essentials only – BBs, gas, pyro, eye/face protection etc so come prepared. There will be no food available at the Tuddenham site for the time being.

Once the restrictions start to be relaxed, we will look at ways or re-introducing interactive props, expanding numbers, accommodating non-booked walk-ons and re-starting FilmSim open days.

In the meantime, we have re-opened ticket bookings for the annual GI August Bank Holiday Weekender in Hertfordshire – the size and layout of the site, safe-zone and camping area means that we will be able to run a superb weekend while still complying with social distancing requirements. Tickets are still limited in number and are now available to book on our website.

Ticket price is £75 for the weekend, tickets are secured with a £35 deposit. We have extended the early bird offer, if you enter the code “GI20EARLY” at checkout you will receive a £10 discount on any tickets purchased before 1st August.

The Okto Eight MilSim “Operation Fallen Arrow” has been rescheduled for August 22nd & 23rd at Tuddenham and ticket sales have re-opened for this event on our website.

Our 24hr MilSim event “Descent” will also be going ahead on the new date of 26th to 27th September at our Eversley Alpha site.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Josh, Doug and the crew.