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Big Weekend

Archery's Big Weekend gives people all over Great Britain and Northern Ireland the chance to try archery for the first time.

This information is about the Big Week and Big Weekend 2021 which took place from 2-11 July. Archery's Big Weekend will return in 2022. 

You don't have to wait until then though to find an archery experience near you this summer!

Experience finder

Where can I do archery near me?

Families and people of all ages are invited to try archery and join in the fun, even if they have never picked up a bow and arrow before at one of our Archery Big Week (5-9 July) and Big Weekend (9-11 July Great Britain), (2-4 July Northern Ireland), events planned across the UK.

The Big Week and Big Weekend invites the general public to try archery at one of our open day events. Delivered in conjunction with The Archery Shop, it will see over 75 events at Archery GB clubs and archery providers across the country, opening their doors to anyone wanting to give the fantastic sport of archery a go! With an estimated 4,000 members of the public set to take part, and over 30,000 arrows to be shot, this is an exciting UK wide event.

Visitors of all abilities and ages will be able to have a go at archery, delivered by our amazing team of qualified archery coaches and volunteers, ahead of the Tokyo Games.  There are no limits as to who can do archery – it’s for everybody regardless of physical ability. It also has numerous health and wellbeing benefits and is well documented as a confidence-boosting sport. Just give it a go!

All equipment will be provided so participants just need to bring themselves and plenty of enthusiasm. Please note, some events may require prior booking, and some may charge a nominal fee for participation.

To find out more information about Archery Big Week and Weekend events, local to you, click on the symbol detailed on the Big Week and Big Weekend map below:

Map Key: Red - Big Weekend; Purple - Big Week & Big Weekend; Green - Big Week; Yellow - Big Weekend Northern Ireland

If you can’t find a Big Week or Weekend event, don’t worry! Archery events are delivered throughout the year, such as Have-a-Go’s, taster sessions and beginner’s courses, across the country - use our ‘Find an Event’ page to find one near you.

Is there an age limit?

Archery can be enjoyed by all ages but some beginners' courses set an age limit of around 8. At Big Week and Big Weekend events clubs will often have soft archery kits or extra volunteers on hand to support younger children.

What do I need?

All equipment will be provided. For a Big Weekend event the kit provided typically includes a bow, arrows, an arrow stand or quiver, an arm guard and a target. Dress for the weather and wear flat shoes. Suncream and water is a good idea if it's sunny. Long hair should be tied up and glasses or sunglasses or a sunhat can be worn.

I'm an archery provider, can I join in?

Yes of course, click here for more information and how to sign up.

Archery coaches helping a child to try archery at a Big Weekend event

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