Start Archery / Big Weekend

Begin your archery journey with Start Archery Week
Archery GB is inviting everyone to have a go to celebrate 10 years of introducing people to the sport  

Bowmen of Pendle & Samlesbury will welcome you on Saturday 14th May 11.00 – 4.0pm

14 – 22 May 2022: Adults and children of all ages are invited to try their hand at archery at clubs and experience centres around the country over the week 14th – 22nd May 2022. This fun and inclusive sport is perfect for anyone wanting to try something new – on their own or with their family and friends – whatever your ability you will enjoy the feeling of achievement as your arrow hits the target!

Previously known as the Big Week/ Big Weekend, the annual event, organised by Archery GB, has a new name to celebrate its 10th year. Since its launch during London 2012, the event has introduced thousands of people to the sport of archery.

If you’ve been inspired by the medal success of British athletes in Tokyo or fancy channeling your inner superhero then it’s the perfect opportunity to try the sport.

Archery clubs right across Great Britain and Northern Ireland are taking part as well as schools, outdoor and experience centres and other venues. Many of the events are free or charge a small fee so that as many people as possible can take up a bow.

Helen Smedley, Start Archery Week organiser, said: “We’re so excited to be celebrating 10 years of introducing people to archery through clubs opening their doors to the local community during this annual mass participation event.

“We believe the benefits of archery are huge both in terms of physical and mental health. It’s also a lot of fun.

“Archery is a very friendly sport so you can be assured of a warm welcome and possibly a slice of cake!”

The Bowmen of Pendle & Samlesbury said: “We’re really looking forward to taking part in this year’s Start Archery Week.

“After the last couple of years, it will be great to celebrate the sport with a big birthday bash.”

Archery has numerous benefits including building core strength, improving hand-eye coordination and helping you to switch off from day-to-day stress. Archers are also very sociable so it’s a great way to make friends. At each event there will be someone on hand to introduce newcomers and help them to start archery.

The sport is fully accessible and many clubs provide soft Arrows kits for younger children.

Sessions will be run within the latest Have-a-Go event Covid guidance from Archery GB. Visitors of all ages and abilities will be able to have a go at the sport, which is naturally socially-distanced, often experienced outside and therefore a great option for those who understandably remain cautious due to Covid.

All equipment will be provided, therefore anyone interested in starting archery just needs to check the arrangement at their club of choice – for example whether a booking is required – and go along to find out more for themselves. You can find events via this link on Start Archery, our website aimed at beginners: Start Archery Week

You can also find your nearest club via our club finder: Find an Archery Club Near Me – Start Archery

Or learn about the sport before you attend: Start Archery – Begin Your Archery Journey

You can also sign up for a beginner’s newsletter via Start Archery or ask to be added to our mailing list when you register at an event.  

About Archery GB
Archery GB is the national governing body for archery in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Archery GB is responsible for all levels of archery within the UK from elite to grassroots level. For more information please visit –

Start Archery
A dedicated resource to learning more about beginning archery, how to get involved in the sport and where to join a club,, the site also has a range of useful resources and information for schools, teachers and other interested parties.