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Archery Taster

Enjoy this great Archery experience and sharpen your aim for 1.5 hours under expert guidance. In groups of up to 12, you will be improving your aim and steadiness in a fun and controlled environment.

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Take aim for fun with this perfect introduction to one of the oldest and most enjoyable sports around. This Archery Taster session will see you receive one-and-a-half hours of expert tuition at an indoor range. You'll be able to really get to grips with this age-old sport and enjoy some hands-on experience with the weaponry of yesteryear. The focus is on improving your skills, perfecting your aim and – of course – enjoying yourself. You'll learn all the techniques you need for success plus details of the archery point-scoring system ahead of an end-of-session competition against your fellow fledglings.

Once you've arrived and been welcomed to the centre the Archery Taster will begin with a safety brief and introduction to the equipment that you will be using on this fun 1.5 hour experience. Once briefed, you'll be free to practice your shooting with expert guidance providing advice throughout; hopefully improving your aim and steadiness! The session is usually concluded with a lesson in how to score and a fun competition for the participants.

Minimum Age:13

Any participants under the influence will not be permitted to conduct the experience.
The Archery Taster will last for around 1.5 hours.
The Archery Taster can hold up to 24 people per session split into two groups of 12.
Spectators are unfortunately not permitted on this experience.
Archery Taster is available on Saturday Afternoons throughout the year.
Comfortable clothing ready for activity.
The Archery Taster is not affected by the weather as it is conducted indoors.
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Question: Can I come and spectate the Archery Taster?
Answer: Unfortunately spectators are not permitted for the Archery Taster.

Archery Taster

Our instructor Dickon was fantastic, we felt really safe and at ease from the off. He was vey good at tailoring the experience to every person there, going up and down the firing line giving quick tips to those who picked it up right away whilst spending more time with those who took a bit longer to learn to make everyone got the most out of it. My dad and I both thoroughly enjoyed ourselevs and would definitely both recomment it!

- Karl, 15/06/2016

Archery Taster in London

Being a complete novice to Archery, this taster lesson could not have been better. They cater to people of all abilities and help equip you with the necessary skills to become a pro archer! I would definitely recommend this experience!

- Becky, 18/09/2015

Archery Taster in London

This was my first time trying Archery and I really enjoyed it! I was a bit nervous at the start as I hadn't tried it before, but all the staff members were so helpful and really helped me improve. By the end of the session I had even hit Bullseye! Would definitely recommend.

- Rosie, 17/09/2015
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On Saturday 15th August Rosie and I headed down to London Bridge for our first ever archery experience! Having not taken part in the sport before, we were both super excited when we were invited by 2020 Archery to come and try their hour and a half Have a Go at Archery introductory session. The class was perfect for individuals of our ability (which was non-existent) as the groups were limited to 12 people per instructor so you were given plenty of help and guidance, which in our case was very much needed!


The session began at 12:30pm taking place at the Downside Centre. The Centre is conveniently located only a 15 minute walk away from London Bridge station. However if you are a tourist when in the city of London, like me and Rosie, then I would definitely recommend giving yourself at least half an hour to make your way there! London can be a very confusing place and google maps does occasionally like to have a laugh at your expense; by tricking you into walking the wrong way.

Once we arrived at the centre we were taken to a large gym hall where we were introduced to our groups and our instructor Cuong.
We were then given a safety briefing, and kitted out with our equipment, before taking it in turns to have a few practice shots to get to grips with everything.


Having never tried archery before, I was initially quite fearful of the bow and arrow, however after being reassured numerous times that archery is in fact one of the safest sports, I finally got into the swing of things, and was managing to hit the target. Not the one I was supposed to be aiming at, but none the less I was managing to hit something!
Our instructor Cuong was excellent; he studied all of our shooting techniques, and then offered us tips to help us improve. Which we actually did! That’s the good thing about being one of the worst to begin with, you can only get better, and by the end we were practically pro’s, well for beginners! All of the 2020 staff are professionals in the sport, so you couldn’t ask for better instructors.


Once we had all got the hang of shooting, we took part in a friendly competition against our fellow fledglings. This is where things got really interesting, as there was a bag of chocolate coins up for grabs!  This was a great opportunity for us to show off our new found skills and see how much we had improved! It also gave us the chance to learn the archery point-scoring system, which will come in very handy when I challenge my friends to an archery competition!


Overall the experience was absolutely fantastic, and we couldn't have asked for better instructors. If we were able to improve that much in just one session, image how good we would be if we did a block of lessons!
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If you would like to have a go at archery, which I would definitely recommend then you can purchase your experience here. Or for a junior class, please click here.

The centre have also recently introduced Archery Tag, which is a super fun archery variation kind of like paintball but with arrows!
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