Try your hand with the invention that changed warfare forever over 600 years ago and made Britain into a Middle Age powerhouse, and spend the day learning and proving your skills with a medieval longbow with this Longbow Archery Experience Day in Chelmsford. A different animal from your usual bow and arrow, a longbow is much taller, allowing you to shoot as far as our British ancestors would have done at the famous Battle of Agincourt. Whether you’ve never held a bow before or you’re a seasoned archer, there’s plenty to learn from a day getting to grips with a powerful longbow across a practice session and five fun and competitive activities. You’ll take a walk with your bow and try hitting targets at various distances as marked out in an archery manual from 1564, and have a go at a county fair favourite and try to hit a stick no thicker than a man’s thumb at a distance of 75 paces (starting closer so you can get your eye in first!). There’s challenges for accuracy, speed and hunting-style shooting too, with prizes awarded to the winner of each challenge. Think you have what it takes to be the best with a bow? Prove it!

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Participant guidelines: Minimum age: 8 (under 18s need parental/guardian consent) Please note: there

Includes: A day getting to grips with a medieval longbow in Chelmsford Pick up ancient archery skills across f

Locations: Essex – Chelmsford

On arrival at the archery centre in Chelmsford you’ll be met by a member of staff before you’re introduced to your equipment for the day during a short safety briefing. You’ll be able to practice first before heading out on the day’s challenges, ensuring you’re competent with your bow as you take on the Roving Mark, Wand Shoot, Clout Competition, Popping Jay Shoot and the Speed Shoot. Lunch will be provided part way through the day so you won’t need to worry about shooting on an empty stomach, and there’s a prize giving ceremony at the end for the winners of the day.

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