Take a Friend Fishing 2020

19 December 2020 9:00 AM - 10 January 2021 11:59 PM
Open to all

UPDATE: Tuesday 5th January 2021 – Take a Friend Fishing is CURRENTLY POSTPONED due to the latest National Lockdown

Go to to apply for a FREE one day fishing licence

The Angling Trust in partnership with the Angling Trades Association and Environment Agency are pleased to announce the return of Take a Friend Fishing.

Due to its massive success throughout 2020, Take a Friend Fishing is here for the Christmas hols!

This festive fishing period covers all the dates you need to take a friend fishing, including Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year – traditional dates for a get-together, this year in the right tier or bubble – be sure to check the latest online Government guidance first.
Help a friend discover the wonders of angling…

About Take a Friend Fishing

Anglers with a current valid fishing licence can register for a FREE one day Environment Agency fishing licence worth £6 – £12 to take a friend, family member or colleague fishing between the 19th December to 10th January (inclusive) .

Relaunched in 2020, over 4,000 people have already taken part in Take a Friend Fishing this year alone! A great sign that angling is as popular as ever, and still just as easy to get into, especially with a friend to show you how. Now, Take a Friend Fishing is back for Christmas, giving even more people the chance to get out fishing!

Get fishing – relax and lower the stress level during what can be a busy time of year for many people. Angling is the perfect fit for staying active outdoors, and with physical activity playing a vital role in both our physical and mental wellbeing, a fishing trip with a mate or family member means you can stay active, and fish safely. This is possible even during periods of tough restrictions as long as you follow the latest guidelines on the Angling Trust Support Hub at

All you need to do is provide some details and the date you want to go. Your friend will get an email asking them for a few more details and as soon as that’s done you’ll receive their free licence.

Take a Friend Fishing is a brilliant way of introducing a new person to angling and you can still do it while you “socially distance” too.

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