Start Archery Week

Start Archery Week gives people all over Great Britain and Northern Ireland the chance to try archery for the first time.

Start Archery Week 2024

Start Archery Week will return in 2024. Clubs and other providers will throw open their doors and welcome people of all ages to come and give the sport of archery a go.

Keep checking back on this page for further announcements and in the meantime, sign up to our newsletter so you don't miss a thing.

If you don't want to wait until next year, you can use our club finder to start your archery journey today.

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Start Archery Week 2023

Start Archery Week 2023 took place from 6-14 May across the UK at clubs and other providers.

Here's some key stats from the 2023 event:

  • 106 events were held
  • More than 6,000 people are estimated to have tried archery during the week
  • Trent Valley Archers had the highest number of attendees – 238
  • 99% of organisers said they would take part next year

View the map below to see where events were held:

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 during Start Archery Week.

Across the country, Archery GB clubs and archery providers will open their doors to anyone wanting to give the fantastic sport of archery a go! 

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. 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 – please check with the organiser for full details.

Archers at a Start Archery Week event

Is there an age limit?

Archery can be enjoyed by all ages but some beginners' courses set an age limit of around 8. At Start Archery Week, 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 Start Archery Week 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.

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I'm busy during Start Archery Week, can I take part on other dates?

Clubs run beginners' courses, taster sessions and have-a-gos throughout the year. Visit our experience finder to find archery experiences near you today.

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Archers at a Start Archery Week event



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