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Spring into Fishing is back for 2024 with beginner fishing sessions from the Angling Trust

Have-a-go family fishing events this April, May and June 2024

Come and learn to fish at beginner angling events nationwide

Spring into Fishing at entry-level events for the whole family to try fishing, with tackle, instruction and next-steps info included on the day. Spring into Fishing beginner sessions are quality assured by the Angling Trust to provide the best possible experience of fishing to children and families. Funded by the Environment Agency and Sport England, Spring into Fishing gives everyone the chance to get outside again after winter, try fishing and learn new skills.

Spring into Fishing events are happening all over the country from April right through to June with friendly, helpful coaches and volunteers to show you and your children what fishing is all about.

Clive Copeland, Head of Participation at the Angling Trust said:

“Spring into Fishing is the perfect time for families to get back outdoors, learn to fish, and have some fun when the countryside is bursting back into life.”

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Photos from Spring into Fishing events
Spring into Fishing and hundreds of other beginner Get Fishing events each year are
coordinated by the Angling Trust and funded by the Environment Agency

  • Going fishing is one of the nation’s most popular pastimes because people who go fishing fall in love with the way it combines being in nature, healthy activity and proven mental health benefits – it relaxes you, gives you a reason to get off your screen and a chance to forget about the challenges of daily life and the rising cost of living.
  • Fishing is a low-cost activity that only needs a small amount of money and time to do. It’s easy to get into with a few bits of fishing tackle and a fishing licence. Children under 13 do not need a licence, and licences for children aged between 13 and 16 are free but you still need to register and receive a licence to go fishing. You can get a licence for the full year, for 8 days (ideal for holidays!) or just a day’s fishing. at
  • There is a close season on rivers which runs from 15th March to 15th June (inclusive). A close season may also apply on some stillwaters, drains and canals. Please check local rules and local fishing byelaws.
  • 8 million people live within 5 minutes’ walk of somewhere to go fishing and 11% of England’s population live just a 10-minute walk or 2-minute cycle of somewhere to go fishing.
  • A OnePoll survey for the Angling Trust revealed that a quarter of people (26%) have enjoyed spending more time outdoors because it gives them ‘a sense of freedom’ and allows them to entertain their children (17%). A third of them (33%) are looking for an opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends.
  • Fishing licence sales pay for the environment to be protected – in 2022/23 the Environment Agency and its partners opened up or improved habitats for fish on 72 kilometres (km) of rivers and enhanced 152 hectares (ha) of stillwater fisheries. See more at the Fisheries Annual Report 2022 to 2023.

About the Angling Trust and Get Fishing
The Angling Trust is the national representative and governing body for angling in England. Get Fishing is the Angling Trust’s campaign to get more people fishing more often. It’s funded by the Environment Agency from fishing licence income and Sport England to encourage regular participation and diversity in sport.

About the Environment Agency
The Environment Agency funds the Angling Trust to provide more opportunities for people to go fishing and encourage sales of fishing rod licences. Money from fishing licence sales is spent on improving fisheries habitat and angling infrastructure projects.

About Sport England
Sport England recognise the Angling Trust as the national governing body in England. It funds the work we do to promote active lifestyles and to maintain a regular participation habit through the sport of angling and in partnership with other organisations to deliver the National Angling Strategy.

Angling Direct is the Exclusive Retail Partner of the Angling Trust’s ‘Get Fishing’ campaign to get more people fishing, more often. This partnership encourages more people to take up angling for the first time, to get back into the sport and brings the health and wellbeing benefits of fishing to a wider audience, across all age groups. Find a friendly fishing shop near to you at

Shakespeare is the Exclusive Fishing Tackle Partner of the Angling Trust’s ‘Get Fishing’ campaign to get more people fishing, more often. There’s no fish like your first fish. And nobody knows that better than Shakespeare. For over 100 years, Shakespeare has been one of the most recognizable brands in fishing. As more and more newcomers discover the joy of fishing, Shakespeare will be there, providing the gear and inspiration to make sure that the next bite will never be the last. Find out about fishing tackle at


The Angling Trust’s ‘Get Fishing’ campaign is proudly supported by
Shakespeare, Exclusive Tackle Partner and Angling Direct, Exclusive Retail Partner
as we all work towards getting more people fishing, more often.

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