• Two hour archery session
• Full safety briefing and demonstrations of each bow by your archery instructor
• The first hour is spend with the three price wooden training bow, to establish good style and shooting posture
• You will then have the opportunity to shoot with up to five other bow styles such as metal handled reurve bow, Syrian horse-bow, Mockingjay bow, American Flatbow, Compound hunting bow and English Yew longbow
• You will form part of a group of up to 12 participants
What Can I Expect
‘Finding the archer from within’ is the motto at this Cotswold archery school - and where better to do that than at the lovely location within the grounds of Batsford Arboretum near Moreton in Marsh? With everything you need for a fun session learning the skills of archery and with plenty of hands-on practice, this Gloucestershire venue is spot on!
The archery training is run by Neil and Jenny, who pride themselves on a professional, informative and approachable way to teach would-be archers to become proficient with the bow and arrow using a tried and tested teaching method.
In fact, this Cotswolds location is the only place to coach in this way and Neil and Jenny firmly believe it’s on target. For starters, being two hours long rather than the standard one hour session, these Gloucestershire experiences go beyond the usual taster course. During the first hour you will take time to understand the Olympic sport and work on your posture and shooting style.
You’ll start off by shooting for an hour with the wooden three piece recurve training bow, at the archery targets usually at 18 metre distance (juniors will start at 10 metres). As your accuracy improves, Neil will move the target further away to keep you on your toes!
For the second hour, you will have the chance to try out a whole host of different bow types - and it’s this that makes this archery experience in the pretty Cotswolds unique. Whilst most use recurve bows throughout the session, Neil makes sure at Moreton-in-Marsh you can have a go at some really rather unusual bows, all of which require a certain technique and different way of handling.
One of the most popular is a Katniss-style ‘Mockingjay’ Bow, which is a sleek, black recurve beauty of a bow and quite an impressive weapon, as any Hunger Games fan will know. Then there’s the Syrian horse-bow (which, as the name might suggest, was designed to be shot on horseback) and the similar Mongolian bow, which has that distinct ‘wavy’ curve design to it that dates from the time of Genghis Khan.
Then in that non-recurve way, you might get to try out the American flat-bow here in the Cotswolds. This, along with the English Yew longbow, are what archery aficionados term as ‘traditional’ bows and a generally a lot longer any mighty in the pull, but great fun to shoot with - especially when you could be shooting arrows at the foam torso of a zombie named 'Undead Fred' - one of the more atypical targets here at this Cotswold Archery centre.
• Seven days a week
• Sessions operate at 10am and 4pm April to September and 10am and 1pm October to March
• All archery sessions are subject weather conditions
• Other timings can be arranged, subject to availability
• Minimum age 8
• Under 18s must be accompanied on site by an adult
• Suitable for all levels of ability and experience
• Spectators are welcome
• Dogs are welcome but must be kelp on a lead at all times
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Exclusive use of the archery range for groups can be arranged
• At a dedicated archery range in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire within the grounds of Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre