Have-a-go archery returns to Alnwick Castle!

Take a strong stance, steel your arm, steady your aim and try to hit the bullseye!

We have had to make a few changes to the way we run our archery sessions this year to ensure that we can deliver the activity with your safety and that of our staff as the highest priority. 

Please take a moment to read through the information below which will tell you all you need to know about have-a-go archery at Alnwick Castle in 2020.

The activity will be available from 10:30am to 3:30pm daily, weather permitting. 

This activity is open to visitors aged 13 years and over

Alnwick Castle reserves the right to alter any part of its programme. Please call in advance to check timings on the day.

Taking part

In order to maintain social distancing and for safety reasons, have-a-go archery is restricted to visitors aged 13 years and over

Have-a-go archery is not included with your grounds admission ticket.  In order to take part, you will need to head to the Tennis Courts as indicated on our visitor map, a copy of which you can download here

The sessions prices are as follows:
5 arrows for £4.00
8 arrows for £5.00


Please note that we are operating as a cash-free site for safety reasons and cannot accept cash payments, all payments are to be made by credit or debit card. 

Please have your admission booking confirmation to hand as you will be asked for your booking reference number before you take part in the activity for compliance with the NHS test and trace scheme. 

The activity will run throughout the day and unfortunately is not pre-bookable. 

What to expect during your archery session

Have-a-go archery will be located within the walled Tennis Courts.  For the safety of our visitors and staff, only those participating in archery and their social bubbles will be permitted into this area.  A socially distanced queueing area is located at the entrance. 

During your session, one of our fully qualified instructors will guide you in the best techniques to try and help you hit that bullseye!  Our team will maintain social distancing measures at all times and will wear a suitable face covering during your session. 

Every participant will be asked to sanitise their hands at the station provided, before being guided to their bow and arrows. For your safety and that of our staff, all bows and arrows will be sanitised after each session and placed on the floor ready for the next participant to pick up.

Safety first

Whilst this activity takes place outdoors, due to the close proximity of other visitors and our staff, face coverings must be worn during your session.

For safety reasons, lessons can only take place if the ground underfoot is dry.  Therefore have-a-go archery may be closed if it is raining or rain is expected. 

For your own safety, we advise any visitor with any upper body joint or muscle pain or injury not to take part in this activity.