In the Garrison you will be able to participate in a wide range of archery activities both at training sessions and at our shows. There will also be the opportunity to learn about various types of arrowheads, bows and how the archer was used in medieval warfare and society.
To start you off, training sessions cover the basics of archery, which will increase your skills as an archer. These will include:
- Flat target shooting with blunted arrows.
- Shooting from a range of distances.
- Shooting to call.
- Fletching (arrow-making) and kit-maintenance sessions.
Once you have mastered these basics, a wider range of activities can be participated in, such as:
- Shooting with sharp arrows.
- Speed shooting.
- Clout shooting (shooting at 45 degrees, whilst aiming at targets that are on the ground).
- Learning to shoot other types of bow, such as the crossbow.
- Shooting at event battles at armoured knights.
- Taking part in public displays.
- Teaching the public to shoot at our Have-A-Go Archery sessions.
All basic equipment will be provided by the group, although if you choose to develop your archery you may wish to invest in some personal equipment, such as your own longbow and arrows. If you do decide to do this, please consult the training and displays officer first, who will help you to choose suitable and authentic equipment.
Please be aware that personal archery equipment will be checked by the training and displays officer for safety before being allowed to be used at training sessions or events. Please also be aware that for events we have a 40-pound draw weight limit for bows that are used in battle. Stronger bows will not be allowed on the field.