Introducing the Longbow Course
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Icklingham Road, Bury St Edmunds IP28 6HG
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- 10th July 1:00pm - 24th April 4:00pm
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About this event
Longbow – history, theory and practice
This course at West Stow provides an introduction into the fascinating history of the English longbow along with an opportunity to use these iconic items.
The course is delivered by an Archery instructor, based at West Stow.
You can learn about the medieval longbow and how it was used in a mix of classroom and range activities. There is all equipment provided, personal tuition, a range of bow weights and plenty of shooting time.
This is partly an outdoor event so please wear sensible clothing.
The event is suitable for adults and/or accompanied young people 15 years and over; all must be paying participants.
Please meet at the West Stow Visitor Centre 10 minutes before session start time.
This event will go ahead in most weather conditions apart from extreme wind and/or rain (introduction inside).
Normal parking fees apply.
Tickets: £45 per person
Booking: Essential - use the 'Book now' buttons or call 01284 758000
Venue: West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
This event is promoted by Arnor Archery.
Suitable for ages 15+
Meet at Visitor Centre 10 mins before start timeDatesSunday 24 April 2022, 1.00pm
Sunday 22 May 2022, 1.00pmSunday 10 July 2022, 1.00pm
Sunday 14 August 2022, 1.00pm
Sunday 4 September 2022, 1.00pm
Sunday 9 October 2022, 1.00pm
About the Venue
One of England's great archaeological sites, West Stow has extensive indoor galleries and a stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village surrounded by unspoilt countryside.
West Stow Country Park features 125 acres of woods, heathlands, a river and a lake, plus nature trails, walks and an adventure playground.
Visitors to West Stow can explore history and nature, watch a film, dress up as an Anglo-Saxon or say hello to the rare breed pigs and chickens.
As part of the annual RingQuest event, you could even meet a Hobbit, among other Lord of the Rings characters!
West Stow regularly hold living history and event days, workshops, walks and talks, these sites and their events bring history to life.
About the Venue
Middle-earth Adventures with Arnor Heritage Projects
Choose from a range of specially adapted Middle-earth adventures to suit your interests with a knowledgeable Tolkien Society member and fan of the films as your guide. Immerse yourself in Middle-earth. Medieval longbow archery is also offered in courses and 1 to 1 sessions for all abilities. Visit http://www.arnor.org.uk/ for more information.
The Real Middle-earth tour (lasts about 1 hour) reveals the fascinating Anglo-Saxon origins of The Lord of the Rings story in a visit to a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Village on its original site at West Stow. You can walk on the real Middle-earth and take part in your own riddle battle. The Anglo-Saxon Village was also a set used as a Dunedain Village and the birthplace of Aragorn son of Arathorn in the Born of Hope fan film. The film is set before The Lord of the Rings epic trilogy and has been watched by millions worldwide on YouTube.
The Ranger Archery experience (lasts about 1 hour) is your chance to try longbow archery like the Rangers of Ithilien. It includes target and distance shooting with tuition by a qualified archery instructor and Middle-earth enthusiast.
Pod Hollow visit (lasts about 1 hour) is offered to those lucky enough to stay at our own local Hobbit hole at West Stow Pods. Our expert will arrange activities to suit your interests and visit you during your stay.
The Middle-earth Adventure (lasts about 3 hours) Set out upon a unique journey with costumed character Halbarad, Ranger of the North (a member of the Tolkien Society); “If you bring a Ranger with you, it is well to pay attention to him” (Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring). It includes the middle-earth tour, riddle battle, movie replica handling and a Ranger Archery Experience with longbows.