Channelling My Inner Robin Hood with Archery at University of Worcester

As Communities Editor for Flea Ents, founders of the Tots100, HIBS100, Trips100 and Foodies100 charts,  I organise free fun events for our content creators. Last week a small group of us headed to the beautiful Lakeside campus of the University of Worcester to have a go at archery. (AD, gifted)

University of Worcester Lakeside campus

 A journey which should have taken me just under two hours actually ended up being around three and a half hours so when I finally got there I was glad to brew up some tea and coffee and share pastries with our group while we had a catch up.

Next, our activity leader Jon Hunt explained the basics of archery along with some vital safety information and then we donned wrist guards and started shooting arrows.

Jon Hunt from University of Worcester Lakeside activities team

learning archery technique at University of Worcester

Let me just say. Some of us were more skilled at this than others. I was just happy initially to hit the board the target was pinned to.

Plutonium Sox and Sensory Seeker shooting arrows

Gradually though I got the hang of it with Jon's help - all those hours ( and hours and hours) watching my son who is a talented bowman at his competitions were obviously also not a complete waste of time.

I said at the beginning of the session I'd be happy if I could get at least one arrow in the red zone and finally I managed it -just!

Archery target with arrows embedded

The other archers in the group seemed to be having an equally fun time and there was lots of friendly chat and laughter which is the general idea of these social get-togethers.

Plutonium Sox and Pinkoddy with Jon Hunt doing archery at Uni of Worcester

We rounded off the event with lunch and parted ways promising to come back in slightly warmer weather to maybe try some water activities.

The University's Lakeside team offers SUP (paddle boarding), kayaking, canoeing  and raft building as well as a whole host of land-based activities from archery to zip-wiring for school groups, holiday clubs, team building, youth groups and corporate entertainment.

Many thanks to Jon and the University of Worcester for hosting us, and to Joy from Pinkoddy and her young son, known on her site as the Sensory Seeker, Emma from Crazy With Twins and Natalie from Plutonium Sox for coming along and joining in with such enthusiasm.

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