Area Festivals start soon – check your eligibility here

If you are seeing the excitement surrounding the upcoming BE80, BE90 and BE100 Championships at Badminton and Bramham and wishing it could be you – well, in 2023 it could!

The route to competing at the NAF Five Star BE80 Championship at Bramham and the Voltaire Design Grassroots Championships at Badminton is through National Qualifier classes, held at BE Area Festivals. You can check your eligibility for the National Qualifier or Area Championship classes by using our eligibility checker.

Entries are still open for the first Area Festival of 2022, which takes place at Firle Place in Sussex over the weekend of 14-15 May.


There are four Area Festivals through the season all offering National Qualifier classes, as well as their own Area Championships. Starting at Firle, the Festival makes it way to Glamis Castle in Scotland between 30-31 July, Frickley Park in Yorkshire between 19 -20 August and Chillington Hall, Staffordshire between 10-11 September.

Am I eligible?

To compete in National Qualifiers you will need to have achieved a Top Percentage Qualification, which is awarded to the top 20 percent of eligible combinations placed in a normal BE80, BE90, BE90 Open, BE100 or BE100 Open class.

Use our eligibility checker to check whether you have achieved a qualifying ticket to the Area Festivals.

Become a Firle Area Champion

Alongside the National Qualifier classes, there is also the opportunity to compete to be an Area Festival Champion.

To be eligible to compete in an Area Festival Championship class you need to hold a Double Clear Qualification. This is achieved by recording double clears in any BE80, BE90 or BE100 class where you finish outside of the top 20 percent – one double clear is required for a BE80 qualification and two double clear runs for a BE90 or BE100 qualification.

Use our eligibility checker to check whether you achieved a Double Clear Qualification.

Whatever your grassroots goals, whether you wish to secure your place at next year’s Championships or be an Area Festival Champion, the Area Festivals are an event that should definitely be in your diary.

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