Arrows

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There’s an old saying which goes something like “any old stick will make a bow, but it takes a lot of work to make an arrow” and it is often the downfall of archers (shiny toys tend to attract us!).

However, we know that all our bows need decent arrows to make the most of them, so we went to the experts in Wooden Longbow Arrows – The Fletcher. We give them some serious abuse, and they survive (mostly!) – we also get to test a lot of their new kit, like some of their warbow arrows and some of the more esoteric specialist things they do. All in all – thoroughly good fun!

Horsebows

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The shorter Horsebows were renowned for their power and accuracy. We have several horsebows and their descendents, including Magyar (Hungarian) bows, Scythian bows and modern Korean bows.

Shooting traditional horsebows archery events.

You’ll get a chance to shoot these at targets (we don’t expect you to do this from the back of horses!) using the classic English style, or using the thumb release technique favoured in Eastern Europe.

Warbow

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Warbow Ipe Ash Laminate with Mary Rose Sidenocks 75lb at 32 inch draw

For those of a stronger disposition (and armstrength!) we have an English Warbow!

This beast is a completely different proposition from the standard Longbows we use, requiring twice the strength to draw (draw-weight 75lb at a draw length of 32″), this is one for the big boys (and girls of course) who fancy pitting their strength against one of the most formiddable weapons history has seen!

Not completely authentic, we decided to have this made using modern laminate techniques as selfbows (bows made from one piece of wood), and especially those made out of Yew, are not the most reliable and have been known to dynamically deconstruct themselves ( – in other words, they explode into firewood!). We decided to go for safety rather than pure historical accuracy. However, it is one of only a handful of working warbows which have been crafted with sidenocks in the manner of the Mary Rose Longbows. Even the recreated bows at the museum have had the more modern Victorian pattern nocks fitted.

Laminated copy of a Mary Rose sidenocked warbow

Sidenock with noose string

English Warbow Draw and Weight

Longbows

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We’ve got a variety of Longbows from classic ash and yew selfbows to primitive pyramid bows and of course the weapon that challenged the whole of Europe – the English Longbow.

You’ll get a chance to shoot traditional steel tipped arrows in target, clout and field archery sessions.