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The next NERS show

Welcome to the next shows for both the North of England Rat Society and the Scottish Rat Club - our second annual dual 1-star shows on Saturday 15th July at:

St Mark's Church

Access info can be found here, with additional info and photos on Facebook.

Doors will open to exhibitors at 9.15am. Rats should be benched by 9.45am and judging will start at 10am prompt. Non-showing visitors are welcome after 11.30am. Please note the earlier starting times - we're expecting a busy day!

Show Secretary: toyah Leitch (
Show Manager: Carolyn Heslop and Zoë Lucock (

The venue is being shared between NERS and SRC. Therefore, rats may be entered in both the NERS 1* show and the SRC 1* show in the same venue. This will give you an extra chance to win cards, rosettes, and stars, an extra critique from another judge, and a great fun day out with all of our NERS and SRC members and friends.

Each rat may be entered in three out of the four standard show sections (NERS varieties, SRC varieties, NERS pets, SRC pets). To prevent over-handling we would prefer they do not enter all four.

Varieties judge (NERS): Rackie Powell
Varieties judge (SRC): Coleen Gruber

Pets judges (NERS): Lisa Maurin (bucks) and Helen Belton (does)
Pets judges (SRC): Lilly Hoyland (bucks) and Hannah Field (does)

There will not be an agility class at this show.

Entry deadline for both shows is 10.30pm on Tuesday 12th July. There will be no late entries accepted at this show, so make note of the earlier day.

Please send your NERS entries via our online entry form and SRC entries via the form here:

Fees, per exhibit Members Non-members
Standard entries (Variety/Pet section) £1.50 £2.50
No late entries at this show - -
No agility at this show - -
Please note that entry fees are payable in full, including any withdrawals made after the entry deadline. Payment can be made in cash on the day of the show or via PayPal - the Show Sec will provide details as part of the entry confirmation.
Hire tanks cost £1.50 per tank. Hire tanks are capped at a maximum of two tanks per exhibitor. If you need to hire more than two, this can sometimes be arranged by prior arrangement and exception only. New exhibitors will be given priority. Please note that hire tanks do not include substrate or moisture source so you will need to bring your own.
All shoulder rats must be registered prior to the show as they need to be health checked. There is no charge for bringing shoulder rats.

NERS rat shows aim to provide a meeting place for rat lovers from around the region whether or not they wish to exhibit their rats. Things you can do at this show include:

  • NERS Emporium
  • Cromarty’s cuddle corner
  • Fun events
  • Light meals and refreshments - please contact the Show Manager (by the show entry deadline) to discuss any dietary restrictions
  • Raffle - donations welcome!
  • Stalls including Cosybedsandburrows, Smiley Face Rat Foods, and second hand rat things. All stalls need to be pre-registered, so if you're interested please email the Show Manager.

If you are new to showing these guides may be helpful:
Showing at NERS shows
Show preparation

You can also connect with others hoping to attend via our public Facebook page and the co-hosted event for both shows. If you have any further questions feel free to ask!

Usual infection control rules apply:
Please do not bring your rats if you have had - or had contact with -

  • Any acute (new) infection related illness or unexpected deaths in the past 2 weeks;
  • Brought in any new rats over the past 2 weeks;
  • Been to any other shows or gatherings of rats in the past 2 weeks;
  • Any rat related contact with rats of unknown background (eg rescue centre, pet shop) in the past 2 weeks;
  • A virus within a small group of rats within the past 4 weeks:
  • A virus within a group of 15 or more rats, or when raising a litter within the past 8 weeks.
Individual circumstances will be considered, if you are unsure whether or not you can attend with your rats please contact the show sec by email on Help us to keep your rats safe!

For your information:
Our next show after this will be the 1* show in Newcastle on Saturday 26 August 2017. For future show dates, please refer to our show calendar.

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