Jo on the Road is coming to an end, but not before I have time to practice my archery skills in Surrey! Joined once more by Evie, we stick on our wellington boots, grab the bow and arrows and head to the archery field. We both have a wicked time, once again: amazing staff, brilliant instruction and plenty of time to work on our archery skills. Both Evie and I had picked up a bow and arrow in the past … but that was a long time ago!
Before taking aim for the target, we’re given a run through of using the bow, and all the safety precautions – including how to know when it’s safe to go collect the arrows. Bows in hand, arrows at our posts, we take positions and prepare to fire at our target. The first few rounds are just to practice our aim and get used to the feeling of pulling back and releasing.
Moving on to a points round, this is where we get a little competitive! Clay pigeon shooting may not have been my forte … but a bow and arrow? I can proudly say I hit the target! Yes, I was surprised too, I always thought I had terrible aim! After a few rounds of using a points system – 10 for the bull’s eye and decreasing by a point for each outer ring – we tot up the totals and I came in first! Admittedly only ahead by one point in our group of four … but still, yay! (Below is a genuine picture of my surprised yay).
The next round really puts our aim and skills to the test – an arrow in each coloured ring on the board. I nearly manage this one (missing one colour):
For the final round we can work on what we wish to, whether it’s aiming for the bull’s eye or trying to get an arrow in each colour again. I had such a great time on this experience (so did Evie, picture below) and I’m already dying to go back and give it another go!
If you want to put your bow and arrow skills to the test, why not check out what experiences they provide: