What You’ll Be Doing
- Meet your instructor for a quick safety briefing.
- Coaching and practise session.
- It's then time to put your game faces on and get competitive.
- Why not up the ante by wagering a flagon of fine ale with the rest of the merry men?
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Archery is cool. It just is, that's a fact. It's not just the cool pop culture archers like Legolas, Hawkeye, Katniss (don't pretend your girlfriend didn't drag you to see it), and of course England's favourite hero/mugger Mr R. Hood. Englishmen have used the arrows to win the day throughout history; Sherwood Forrest, Agincourt, Lakeside.
Of course, if you do prefer going in all guns blazing, you also get the chance to have a go with some (slightly) more modern weapons, including a crossbow (we did say only slightly), and an air pistol.
Whether or not you see yourself as a Robin Hood type, archery is a skilful sport that requires a mix of balance, poise, accuracy, vision and timing. As you compete against your fellow stags to hit the bull's eye, you'll need a steady hand for ultimate precision. It's competitive, intense, and unusual - three of the things we like best on a stag do! The scores will be recorded, so you'll be able to see who's way off the mark, who's right on target, and who owes the first round of drinks.
- A number of Kings required all Englishmen by law, to practise archery so they'd be ready for war.
- Henry the VIII took things one step further though by banning football, after young men started skipping archery in order to play in local matches.
- Henry the VIII was also the first man to own a pair of purpose made football boots. SO how could he ban the beautiful game? Perhaps he was a Baggies fan on a bad season?
- English longbows helped decide a number of important battles including Agincourt where the French outnumbered the English 4 to 1.
- An arrow from an English long bow could pierce plate armour.
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