UK’S Big One fishing show sold

Publisher Bauer Media has sold two key events – including The Big One fishing show, the largest consumer tackle event in the UK – to Kelsey Media.

Confirming the sale, which also incudes Your Horse Live, Steve Wright, CEO of Kelsey Media, said: “We’re delighted to bring Your Horse Live back together with our existing equestrian brands Your Horse magazine and Your Horse online. This, alongside The Big One fishing show, which will sit alongside CARPology and Sea Angler in our angling portfolio, gives us a fantastic platform to grow these areas of our business.”

Steve Prentice, UK group managing director – puzzles & special nterest at Bauer Media Group, added: “Both Your Horse Live and The Big One have consistently proven to be very successful events. However, our strategic priorities for the publishing business mean these two events will not receive the attention that they and their loyal audiences deserve.

“Kelsey Media already has a strong presence in the equestrian and angling sectors, with a growing portfolio of consumer events, so they were the obvious partner. I would like to thank the events staff for all their hard work on the events in recent years and wish them all success with Kelsey Media.”

The Big One is the UK’s largest angling retail event with more than 20,000 visitors every year. It was most recently held at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre in March and already boasts strong ticket sales and exhibitor bookings for the next iteration form March 1st and 2nd.

The terms of the agreement also see three existing Bauer employees transfer to Kelsey Media.