Archery is a sport and skill that uses a bow to propel arrows. Historically, archery was used for hunting and combat and has been heavily featured in films such as The Lord Of The Rings, The Hunger Games, Robin Hood and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Whether you're looking to buy your own bows, arrows, targets, protective gear or archery sets and kits, there are thousands of products to choose from in adult's and kid's sizes.
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There are three main types of bow; traditional longbows, compound bows and recurve bows. Traditional longbows are more complex to use as they don't include any aids to help propel the arrow, while compound bows are designed for maximum accuracy.
Recurve bows are the most popular type and are well suited for all abilities, making them the first bow new archers typically learn on.
Arrows and parts
There are thousands of ready-made arrows to choose from or you can buy the various component parts to build your own. Opt for shafts made from traditional wood, carbon-fibre or aluminium and choose your own fletching to stabilise the arrow. Options include feathers or plastics in a variety of bright and eye-catching colours.
Archery sets and kits
It's possible to get an archery set that includes a bow, arrows and a holder as a minimum. You can also find a wide variety of amateur sets for children.
From foam and straw to standing, paper and boss; archery targets come in many shapes and sizes. While most targets will feature the recognisable concentric circles of yellow, red, blue and black it's possible to find other patterned designs too.
When handling arrows it's important to wear protective gear to shield your fingers and arms. Choose from a variety of gloves, finger guards and wrist and arm guards.