Target Sports Centre Ltd.
Visitor Information and FAQs
About The Tunnel
The Tunnel opened in 1831 and operated as a road tunnel until the A35 was rerouted to the new Charmouth bypass completed in 1990. The tunnel is 66m long and 6m wide, and its twin is still in use as a road tunnel near Beaminster. It was derelict for a number of years until the present owner purchased it in 2004. The conversion work began in 2009 and finished in 2010 when Target Sports Centre began business running the new ranges. The Tunnel currently houses two rifle ranges, an armoury, cafe, and classrooms. In 2012 our 100m fullbore range was completed, built on a section of disused road behind The Tunnel. The building currently houses the range, as well as our on-site gun shop and more classroom space.
Our usual opening hours as follows. Please see our Covid-19 page for changing policies during the pandemic
Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 9pm
Wednesday 10am - 9pm
Thursday 10am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 2pm
Advance booking is required for all shooting and range use
Getting here and parking
Please see this link for our location on Google Maps
The Tunnel is located on the A35, approximately 2km north of Charmouth, West Dorset
There is ample free parking in front of The Tunnel, and an overflow car park is located on top of The Tunnel, approximately 100m past the front gate
The closest train station is Axminster Station
Our 25m rifle range is fully wheelchair accessible, and all shooting can be conducted from a seating position.
Costs and Fees
If you have your own rifle and would like to hire the range privately, the rates are as follows.
25m and 35m small-bore ranges: £15 per hour (£7.50 for juniors)
100m full-bore range: £25 per hour (£15 for juniors)
Shooters accompanying members of the Tunnel Target Sports Club or West Dorset Rifle and Pistol Club are entitled to reduced rates for range hire.
A number of clubs make use of the Target Sports Centre. The clubs are separate organisations from the Target Sports Centre Ltd.
The Tunnel Target Sports Club is a miniature rifle club, using .22RF rifles. The club now has an active membership of over 500 people, one of the largest in the South West, with regular competitions, two club nights per week, and several members progressing to international level shooting.
The West Dorset Rifle & Pistol Club is a Home Office Approved club with members shooting full bore rifles, small bore rifles and muzzle loading pistols. The club regularly shoots at Bisley. Members participate in CSR, F Class and McQueens. The club is the full bore club that makes most use of the ranges at the Target Sports Centre, and is open to new applications for membership.
Please see our membership page for details.