All around the country, clubs run beginners' courses tailored to the needs of their communities, which are delivered by qualified coaches. Courses can vary from club to club, but they will all share some things in common. You can use our experience finder below to help and book your beginners' course.
You can also try archery at one of our approved centres which include holiday parks, tourist attractions and organisations like the National Trust and scouts.
Beginners' Course - A Beginners' Course is the standard way to join an archery club. Run by qualified coaches, each course can be a maximum of 6 sessions and covers all the basic skills of putting a bow together, range safety, shooting and scoring.
Have-a-Go - Usually Have-a-Go sessions involve shooting 3 or 6 arrows at a target a short distance away. Suitable for all ages and great for having a quick go if you're short on time or as part of a bigger event like a country fair.
Taster session - A taster session will see you shoot arrows with targets further away than for a Have-a-Go. The session will vary in length but could be 1-2 hours long and might involve shooting at varying distances or at model animals or balloons.
Big Weekend - Similar to a Have-a-Go session, a Big Weekend event gives people of all ages and abilities the chance to try shooting a few arrows quickly and safely. You might be aiming at balloons or seeing how far you can shoot a soft tipped arrow. You'll usually get a quick introduction to the basic kit and types of bow and be invited to sign up to a beginners' course to continue your journey.