Black Cat Archery has a number of options available to the complete novice through to experienced archers:

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When it comes to archery, the Black Cat Archery experience is second to none.
Not only do we provide a unique range of options from target shooting to woodland 3D range…
Not only do we cater for everyone from the seasoned archer to the absolute beginner…
Not only do we tailor events for everything from small parties to large corporate events…
Not only can we make your day as competitive as you want…

…But we also ensure that above all you have fun in a safe environment.

Black Cat Archery will tailor your event to suit your requirements based on the number of people involved and the amount of time you wish to spend with us. We are uniquely placed with 3 ranges available for the event:

Target Archery; Shoot like an Olympic archer, using Olympic scoring, rules and distances. Competition style bows are provided for this and all the items associated with serious competitive archery are laid on!

Woodland 3D archery; A choice of 12, 24 or 36 lifelike 3D targets are set up in a woodland ready to test the archer’s skills in a hunting environment. This can be a simple shoot at the targets or more competitive with scoring. The targets are challengingly arranged to test the archer within you! Could you protect yourself or put food on the table?

Field archery; This range is where you can experience how the medieval archer would train for war. Clout shooting, roving marks and shooting at the wand are just some of the ways the medieval archer developed the skills used to such devastating effect in battle.

Traditional targets (and one or two not so traditional targets) can be set up to meet your specific needs.

For something a little different we can play archery golf! This can be achieved at our site or, if sufficient numbers wish, can be arranged on a golf course near Swindon.

We will provide all equipment necessary for the events from recurve target bows, hunting compound bows, traditional longbows and arrows to suit each style of bow and target.

Training on any or all of these bows can also be provided.

The Black Cat Archery Experience will be exciting and challenging but most of all huge fun.

Contact Andrew on 07809 729260 or Chris on 07875 196357 to book and arrange your event.

Note: Hunting is illegal in this country with a Bow

The ethos of the Black Cat Archery Academy is to introduce the new archer to the 3 main forms of archery with no bias to any shooting style. The archer is free to decide which style of archery suits them best.

The lessons will be taught with a maximum student to teacher ratio of 4:1.
All equipment will be provided by Black Cat Archery, however as this is primarily an outdoor sport it is advisable to dress for the prevailing conditions. (eg. Loose clothing should be avoided)
The main course for the novice archer comprises four 2-hour lessons during which the archer will be introduced to the 3 main Styles of archery.

Lesson 1 will comprise an introduction to archery, safety, equipment and terms. During this lesson the archer will use a ‘bare’ bow and archer is taught to shoot instinctively without the use of sights or aiming points in the style of a medieval archer. The lesson will finish with some medieval style shooting games on our field range.

Lesson 2 is where the archer moves forward in time to the re-curve target bow. The main thrust of this lesson is accuracy and consistency using the point of aim style of shooting. The archer will progress from a simple takedown re-curve bow to an Olympic style target bow. The lesson will finish with some target scoring games or some woodland shooting.

Lesson 3 completes the journey through archery with the compound-hunting bow. The archer is taught how to set up the bow and its sights to achieve the most accurate form of archery. The lesson will finish ‘hunting’ our lifelike 3D targets in our woodland range.

Lesson 4 is the archers’ choice. You decide which form of archery is your favourite and we will consolidate that style within the Woodland or Target Range in a competitive environment.

On completion of the 8 hour course the archer will have a firm foundation in archery safety, etiquette and terms.

Two Hour Introductory
We will also provide a 2-hour introductory course. This is a taster session during which you can see if archery is the sport for you. If you decide to continue with archery we will provide the above course substituting one of the lessons from the course.

8 Hour Longbow Training
We also offer for those specifically interested in a 4 x 2 hour Medieval longbow course. Here you are taught to shoot the longbow as was defined in the medieval times. This course is intensive but so much fun and history added for the contextual significance.

Also review the College Of Chivalry site if you are into re-enactment. Click Here

12 Weeks Medieval Knights Basic Training
The College of Chivalry provides Knight training at Black Cat Archery. There is a limited number of spaces on each years course. If you book from the booking form, you will be contacted for further information and to verify that your application has been successful. This is an exciting and exhilarating added element to the Academy. You will be expected to join our band of brothers and participate in the College’s shows. So much fun!