• A one hour crossbow session
• Welcome, introduction and safety briefing
• Learn to shoot safely and accurately
• The session includes a variety of fun and competitive shooting games
• You may be joining a group of up to 12 participants
What Can I Expect
Book in for a crossbow lesson and discover how powerful and accurate crossbows are! Once you know the basics of modern crossbow shooting and all the safety routine, you could be hitting the targets with surprising accuracy.
It won’t surprise you to learn that crossbows come in all weights and sizes. And whilst they might look pretty big and bulky, you certainly don’t need bulging biceps to be able to fire one. In fact, the way you shoot a crossbow means it’s easier than using a traditional bow and arrow. Here's why...
A crossbow consists of the bow, which is mounted to the main body. At the front there is a stirrup, which you put you foot in to steady the crossbow when you are cocking it ready to the load the arrow or bolt. And this is where, as you’ll discover on your lesson, the crossbow is different to the usual archery bow. You pull the string of the bow back and the lock holds the stringed in its cocked position. You then have your hands free to load the arrow into place.
Firing the crossbow is more akin to a rifle than an archery bow, as you have a stock, a grip and trigger. And this is what makes crossbow shooting more accurate. You’re not trying to hold on to the pulled back string with the arrow whilst you take aim. It’s all held in place with the crossbow's bolt catcher, so you can take your time to line up your shot using the front and main sights. And as for being more powerful, that’s down to the fact that the bow’s string has a higher resistance - and that means your arrow will fly further and with more force.
Exciting stuff then, learning how to cock, load and fire a crossbow. Once you’ve mastered the basics on this lesson you’ll move on to more challenging shooting games. You might be drawn on for a round of ‘Killer’ ‘Shoot the Stag’ or ‘Destroy the Zombies’. Of course, nothing living or breathing will be harmed during the course of your crossbow shooting session, but it will be a whole load of fun.
There’s just time at the end of your one-hour crossbow lesson to determine the king of the crossbow, with a ‘Who can beat the Zombies’ finale. You’ll need to keep your wits about you as it’s ‘full head shots’ that’ll beat the nasties to crown you crossbowing champion!
• Weekdays and weekends throughout the year
• Dates and session times are subject to availability and weather conditions
• Minimum age 12
• Under 18s must be accompanied on site by an adult
• A minimum of two vouchers must be purchased for this experience
• Spectators are welcome
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Hazelwood Castle, Tadcaster, Leeds