Peter Sheehan in play(Peter Sheehan won his maiden WBL ranking tournament at last year’s Jim Williamson Open)

Jim Williamson Open – 10-11th August ’24

The 2024-25 World Billiards season gets underway in Leeds with the Jim Williamson Open, a level 3 World Ranking Event, being held at the Northern Snooker Centre from 10-11th August. This event is one of our most popular and follows immediately after the Home Internationals Championship, which is being played at the same venue. The tournament is named and held in honour of Jim Williamson, a Billiards ambassador and enthusiast who founded the iconic Northern Snooker Centre in 1974.

World Billiards events have been held at the Northern Snooker Centre for many years and we are grateful to Tom Jackson and his team for their continued support to make this event possible.

A Challenge Cup will be held on the Sunday for players that do not reach the knockout stage of the main event.

Current Champion:

Peter Sheehan is the current Jim Williamson Open champion having beaten Peter Gilchrist in 2023. Please visit our YouTube playlist for footage from the 2023 event.

For a full breakdown of results and breaks at the last Jim Williamson Open, please visit our results site here.


Northern Snooker Centre,
92 Kirkstall Road,

A Google location map is included here.

There is car parking available at the club but spaces are limited. There are also pay and display car parks nearby.

The club serves food on-site with a variety of products and meals available to purchase along with cold drinks and sundries.


Bus/train – Leeds train and coach stations are situated in the town centre about a 10 minute drive from the venue.

Air – Leeds Bradford Airport is the nearest airport and is approximately a 20 mins drive from the venue.


The venue is easily accessible to the city centre where there are many accommodation options. Some recommendations are listed below.

Holiday Inn Express Leeds City Centre
Situated a stone’s throw from the venue. By clicking the link above you can access the ‘Atlas Hotels’ discounted rate.

Premier Inn Leeds City Centre – Wellington Street
The closest of several Premier Inn hotels in Leeds, a 5-10 minute walk to the venue.

ibis Leeds Centre Marlborough Street Hotel
Situated about a 5 minute walk from the venue.

Travelodge Leeds Central
Situated about a 10 minute drive from the venue.

Prize Pool:

Last 16£55
Last 24/32£30
High Break£50
Challenge CupWinner£90
High Break£20

(Prize pool subject to a minimum of 32 players).

Draw and Schedule:

Entries have reached the limit of 80 players and are now closed. If you would like to be added to the reserve list, in the event of a withdrawal, please contact us.

The draw and schedule for the event is available here.