Most companies require a minimum age of 7-8 years old

Archery is perhaps one of our oldest outdoor activities, with the earliest signs of humans using a bow and arrow dating back to around 10,000 B.C.

Originally used for hunting and combat, the humble bow and arrow has now evolved into tools for recreational sport. In recreational archery, participants aim to fire a bow at a target, with scores awarded according to the proximity of the arrow to the centre of the target.

What Archery Involves

A typical target archery session with an activity company will usually involve some basic tuition and then some target practice. You will then be invited to compete with other participants to see who can get the highest score. In field and combat archery you will be given a selection of dummy arrows and will need to find targets (model animals or other players) in an large open area.

Archery is suitable for almost everyone, with most activity companies requiring a minimum age of 7-8 years old. Some centres also offer indoor archery, suitable for those rainy days.

What to Wear and Bring

You should wear comfortable clothing that is suitable for the weather conditions, and covered shoes. Sandals and other open-toed shoes are not advisable due to the possibility of you dropping arrows on your feet. Archery often involves standing in open ground for long periods of time so if it is a sunny day you will need sun cream.

Where to Do Archery in the Lake District

There are plenty of activity companies offering archery at their centres. Some are easier to get to than others, and some have better facilities such as toilets, cafés, etc., so we recommend you do your research, especially as most will require advanced booking. Not every company offers field and combat archery.

Joint Adventures

Joint Adventures offer field archery, combat archery, and target archery – all around their Coniston base.


West Lakes Adventure

Based in Eskdale, West Lakes Adventure have an additional indoor target archery venue so poor weather is never a problem.

Adventure North West

Adventure North West offers three-hour archery sessions in locations across the Lake District for beginners, those with intermediate skills and even for those more advanced. A popular group activity and a great activity for those in bigger group sizes.


River Deep Mountain High

Archery sessions take place in the RDMH’s range that gives views of the Old Man of Coniston. A typical session involves a variety of games and a range of distances.


Rookin House

Rookin House is able to offer indoor and outdoor archery sessions at its large activity centre near Ullswater with qualified instructors.

  • Address: Rookin House Farm, Troutbeck, Ullswater, Penrith, CA11 0SS
  • Tel: 01768483561
  • Website:

The Outdoor Adventure Company

Based near Kendal, archery is one of a number of shooting activities available at this large self-enclosed activity centre.


Newlands Adventure Centre

One of the oldest Lake District activity centres, Newlands has been operating for over 100 years. Target archery takes place at their onsite range, where accommodation is also available.


Green Man Survival

Green Man Survival offer a few different options when it comes to archery, including the following family-friendly activities: Bushcraft, Shooting and Woodland Archery (full day), the Marksman (half day), and the Bowman. Each activity session incorporates archery in some way with various options available depending on what you're looking for.