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About Squire Archery

Welcome to Squire Archery!

Squire Archery offers activities such as traditional archery range target shooting, long-distance archery, and TAG archery with foam-padded arrows. We have a private gated field dedicated to archery sessions, birthday parties, corporate events, and summer camps. We are based in Thriplow (famous for the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend) and are conveniently located near Royston, Sawston, and Whittlesford. Our venue is an ideal option for those seeking a local archery range near Cambridge or in Cambridgeshire. 

Our fully qualified Archery GB instructor (with an Enhanced DBS check) provides guidance, coaching, and assistance to archers. We have adopted the latest advances in archery and exclusively use modern compound bows. We also supply all archery equipment and safety gear.

Our archery range, with its large marquee, is a wonderful venue for birthday celebrations, group parties, DofE courses, and small events. We offer traditional range target shooting, long-distance archery, and TAG archery with foam-padded arrows. Open seven days a week, we also offer floodlit evening archery sessions on our range. Our chief purpose is for everyone to have a great time. We think we are achieving that – just check out our wonderful Google Reviews!

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We are thrilled to announce that Outlearn – an extensive outdoor activities online guide – has recently listed Squire Archery as a ‘Recommended’ outdoor activities provider. It is an honor to be recognised for our fun and educational experiences. Join us on our archery range, and discover the joy of engaging in an outdoor pursuit that combines both learning and adventure. 

Away from home, we can provide archery activities for country fetes, corporate functions, and weddings. So, if you are an event organiser and would like to consider an archery outing for your next event, please get in touch.

Different types of archery we offer

Traditional range archery

Whether you are on your own or with a group of up to 24 people, this is a great activity that will really test your skill. While shooting at the classical archery target face mounted on straw butts, you will be able to watch your arrows flying through the air at high speed and thudding home into the targets. A giant scoreboard is provided so that everyone can record their scores in real time. There is also the option to shoot at night on our floodlit archery lanes.

It’s great fun and also a great leveller. It’s quite surprising to discover that the most unexpected people are naturally brilliant at this sport.

TAG archery

This is a perfect activity for six or more people. You get to shoot your friends with foam-padded arrows while taking cover behind giant hay bales and technicoloured smoke grenades. TAG archery is brilliant for birthdays, corporate events, and stag and hen parties. It can be run as a team event, where teams are required to achieve a mission without getting shot. This is great for testing strategy, leadership, and guile!

There is also the option of running the gauntlet, from one side of the field to the other, while your friends do their best to shoot you. One thing’s for sure, it’s great fun and everyone leaves the event with massive grins on their faces. 

Long-distance archery

When using our high-powered bows and specialist modified arrows that are cork-tipped, you can aim at targets over 100 metres away on our range. It’s an absolute thrill to watch the arrows arcing through the sky and it’s even more exciting when you manage to hit your targets. It’s proper Battle of Hastings stuff – except that it’s completely safe and you’re using our compound bows rather than the old traditional longbows. And the targets don’t fire back!

Prices and packages

Summer camps

Over the summer holidays of 2024, we are running summer camps from July 8th to August 16th, Monday to Friday (10am to 3pm). Although traditional range archery is the main theme of the camps, there are several other activities we offer during the week. These include mini tractor driving, a visit to a donkey sanctuary, air rifle shooting, badminton, tag archery, giant bubble making activities, an end of week BBQ, and metal detecting.

Numbers are restricted to 12 people per day. If you do not wish to book the whole week, you can book individual days apart from Friday.

£

35

per person
per day

£

150

per person
per week

Group bookings

Are you looking for something that will involve the whole office? Or perhaps you are organising something for a large group of friends, or for a stag or hen party. Whatever the occasion, our archery packages are ideal for groups of six or more people. There’s a choice of three types of archery:

  1. Traditional range target archery which involves target shooting on the range with exploding balloons
  2. Long-distance archery where you get to see your arrows arcing through the sky and landing on given targets
  3. TAG archery where you get to shoot each other with foam-padded arrows and have the opportunity to use colourful smoke grenades. This is available for 9-year-olds and over.

Let us know what you would like to do and then come along to our field and we’ll set you up with all the gear and give you the guidance, tips, and advice you need.

You’ll have loads of fun and may the best team win in whatever activity you choose! Why not conclude your archery session with a social BBQ? See what cooked food we can offer you in the BBQ option.

We can accommodate up to a maximum of 24 people. Please book using our calendar appointment system or contact us using the form below for any questions or specific requirements you may have.

£

15

per person
per one-hour session

(includes VAT)

£

22

per person
per two-hour session

(includes VAT)

Family/small group sessions

This is a great value package for up to five people. You will have exclusive use of our field, compound bows and access to all other modern archery equipment. With a qualified Archery GB instructor, you will be guided through traditional range target shooting and, for those that are super competitive, we can set you up for your own mini tournament with a running scoreboard. If you have young children (aged eight to twelve), they will receive one-to-one tuition once the adults are up and running.

If you are booking for more than five people please see our Group bookings information below.

Please book using our calendar appointment system.

£

45

per session

Birthday parties

A supervised birthday party with Squire Archery involves multi-coloured compound bows, exciting challenges, exploding balloons, psychedelic smoke grenades, or lots of bubbles and glitter. Whichever option you choose (see below), you are guaranteed that it will be a day to remember!

We have a large party marquee in our field at your disposal, so you can bring along the birthday cake, drinks, and party food for all to enjoy that special birthday party experience. Better yet, why not complement your party activities with a BBQ? See what cooked food we can offer you in the BBQ option.

We offer four Birthday party options

Option 1

The first option is a one-hour party (£15 per person) where you have a choice of one of the following types of archery:

  1. Traditional range target archery which involves target shooting on the range with exploding balloons
  2. Long-distance archery where you get to see your arrows arcing through the sky and landing on given targets
  3. TAG archery where you get to shoot each other with foam-padded arrows and have the opportunity to use colourful smoke grenades. This is available for 9-year-olds and over.

Option 2

The second option is the two-hour party (£24 per person) where you get to try out all three of the following types of archery:

  1. Traditional range target archery which involves target shooting on the range with exploding balloons
  2. Long-distance archery where you get to see your arrows arcing through the sky and landing on given targets
  3. TAG archery where you get to shoot each other with foam-padded arrows and have the opportunity to use colourful smoke grenades. This is available for 9-year-olds and over.

Option 3

Our third option is the one-hour party (£10 per person) for young children (aged four to nine). This is a bubble party where they get to make their own giant bubbles and experience the magic of standing inside a giant bubble. They will also get to dance with bubbles in our large marquee or, if the weather is good, they can chase bubbles amongst the hay bales in our field. While, naturally, children love the bubble making activities, we find the adults enjoy the experience just as much, and we encourage them to get involved if they would like to!

Option 4

Our fourth option is again for young children (aged four to nine). This is a two-hour session (£16 per person), which includes the bubble experience party but thrown into the mix, is some messy face or body glitter activity, which will certainly make for some sparkling memories.

Please book any of these options using our calendar appointment system.

£

15

per person
per one-hour session

e.g. 6 people = £90
Option 1 – see details above

£

24

per person
per two-hour session

e.g. 6 people = £144
Option 2 – see details above

£

10

per person
per one-hour session
under 9s

e.g. 6 people = £60
Option 3 – see details above

£

16

per person
per two-hour session
under 9s

e.g. 6 people = £96
Option 4 – see details above

Individual sessions

Individual one-hour sessions may include other archers since they are open sessions. Limited to a maximum of six, they are dedicated to traditional range target shooting and are available to anyone over the age of nine. These sessions can be booked up to three days in advance and are subject to availability.

Please contact us to check for available appointment slots.

£

15

per one-hour session

One-to-one archery session

These one-to-one coaching sessions include the fine-tuning of technique and posture, essentials for consistent and accurate shooting. The whole range will be at your disposal.

Please book using our calendar appointment system.

£

30

per one-hour session

After-school archery club

This is intended for children aged 9 to 12 and operates during the school term from 3:30pm to 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 children. The lead instructor is Enhanced DBS checked and first aid trained. All other staff are DBS checked.

Please contact us to book your child in.

£

12

per school
club session

Session runs
from 3:30pm to 5pm

The BBQ option

Why not have a BBQ while you do a bit of archery? We can cook hot dogs, hamburgers and halloumi burgers for you and it’s a great way to finish off an archery session whether it be a birthday party, office party or general group gathering.

  • Hot dogs £7

    With caramelised onions

  • Jumbo hot dogs £8

    With caramelised onions

  • Hamburgers £8

    With lettuce and tomato and optional extra of cheese

  • Double-decker hamburgers £12

    With lettuce and tomato and optional extra of cheese

  • Vegetarian halloumi burger £7

We offer a variety of condiments.

Archery at public events

If you are an event organiser and are looking for activities in which the public can participate, we may be able to assist you.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Gift cards

With all our different options available, a gift card for an archery experience is an excellent gift solution. By far the most popular is the family voucher that the whole family will enjoy.

Contact us to purchase your Gift Card by making your request in the form below. Please note that this would only be suitable for those aged nine years and older.

£

15

One hour individual taster archery session

Includes coaching and induction

£

30

One hour, one-to-one supervised archery session

Includes coaching and induction

£

45

One hour supervised family archery session
Up to 5 people, includes coaching and induction

£

30

Two individual one-hour archery sessions

Includes coaching and induction

£

45

Three individual one-hour archery sessions

Includes coaching and induction

£

60

Four individual one-hour archery sessions

Includes coaching and induction

Archery arm guards

We provide arm guards for all Squire Archery visitors. However, if you would like your own arm guard, or would like to purchase one as a gift for someone, we have some specially made genuine leather arm guards that offer great protection. These are extremely comfortable to wear as they have a soft milled underside that moulds perfectly to your arm. Each arm guard has metal eyelets that have been handset for increased durability. They are fully adjustable, so they can be worn on bare arms in the summer or over the top of winter coats.

The arm guards can also be personalised with a name or initials debossed with a heat press into the leather, making an unusual, thoughtful, and memorable birthday present. Please see the sizing and personalisation options below:

Small arm guard – £14

24cm x 12cm. The small arm guard is suitable for experienced archers, who know exactly where they need protection. It is also suitable for young children, who don’t have hyperextended elbows. Price excludes delivery.

Medium arm guard – £16

27cm x 12cm. The medium arm guard is suitable for young children as it protects the arm from above the elbow and covers the forearm. This size arm guard is also suitable for forearm protection for adults. Price excludes delivery.

Large arm guard – £18

32cm x 12cm. The large arm guard is suitable for adults, who would like full arm protection from above the elbow and the forearm covered. If you are an adult or tall teenager and have a slightly hyperextended elbow, we would strongly recommend this size arm guard. Price excludes delivery.

Personalised arm guard

If you wish to purchase a personalised arm guard, please add £6 to the cost.

Book a session

STEP 1

Enter the number of persons the booking is for. Next, select your desired activity, then select the date you require on the calendar, and your preferred time slot – or multiple time slots – from those available. If no time slots are displaying on a given date it means we are fully booked. Finally, press 'Next'.

STEP 2

Enter your contact details to secure your booking. Press 'Book now'.
Your booking details will be instantly emailed to you, followed later by a confirmation email containing payment details.

STEP 1
Number of participants *
Number of people participating in this activity.
Select an activity *
 @ 
Summer camp
Contact us directly to book - do not use the calendar £35/day or £150/week (per person)
– please Contact us using the form below. Camp runs Monday through to Friday weekly, 8 July through to 16 August, 10am through to 3pm.
£15
a) Group booking
one-hour session (per person)
– 6 people or more
£22
b) Group booking
two-hour session (per person)
– 6 people or more
£45
Family/small group session
one-hour session (per family/small group)
– up to 5 people
£15
a) Birthday party
one-hour session (per person)
– e.g. 6 people would equate to £90
£24
b) Birthday party
two-hour session (per person)
– e.g. 6 people would equate to £144
£10
c) Birthday party for under-9s
one-hour session (per person)
– bubble party with party music for under 9s with the use of the marquee and field.
£16
d) Birthday party for under-9s
two-hour session (per person)
– bubble and glitter party with party music for under 9s with the use of the marquee and field.
 @ 
Individual session
Contact us directly to book - do not use the calendar £15 one-hour session (per person)
– please Contact us using the form below, or message/Whatsapp 07912492966 to book a session. May include other archers, but limited to a maximum of 6 people
£30
One-to-one archery session
one-hour session (per person)
– one-to-one coaching

Attention: Do not complete your booking via the calendar below.
For your Summer camp booking, complete your details in the Contact us form linked below – remembering to request Summer camp in the Message section – and we will be in touch soon.

Attention: Do not complete your booking via the calendar below.
For your Individual session booking, complete your details in the Contact us form linked below, remembering to request Individual session in the Message section – or if urgent message/Whatsapp 07912 492 966 – and we will be in touch soon.

Select a date
STEP 2
Your email *
Your contact number
Your name *
Your address *
Comments

Duke of Edinburgh Award

If you are thinking about doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award then we can certainly help. Come and do a course of archery with Squire Archery under the Skills or Physical section of the DofE programme.

We provide all the equipment and safety gear so there’s no need for you to purchase anything to do the course through us. You will also be overseen by a qualified Archery GB Instructor. Not only will you become a very capable and competent compound archer, but you will also have a lot of fun doing it, and you’ll feel a great sense of satisfaction once you have completed the course. Added to that, on completion, we will give you a personalised embossed leather arm guard as a reward for achieving your DofE medal.

Please note: This activity may count towards your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Skills/Volunteering/Physical section, please check with your DofE Leader before booking or attending.

FAQ

A compound bow is easier to use than the more traditional recurve or longbow. Compound bows use a levering system of pulleys and cables which, once drawn past a certain point, require almost no strength to hold fully drawn. These mechanics make the compound bow faster and more accurate than other types of bow. Modern compound bows are made from materials such as aluminium and carbon fibre.

Source: Archery GB

No, we welcome everyone from complete beginners, who have never touched a bow, to professionals, who compete in tournaments.

Yes, there is a gravel road leading to the field where you can then park on the grass. See below for directions. 

Please do not wear baggy outfits or clothes that are accessorised with loose items like chains, ribbons and pompoms, as these can get caught up in the string of the bow. Only closed shoes may be worn – no sandals, Crocs or flip flops.

Archery is a very safe, enjoyable sport, if conducted in the right environment with professional guidance. We have the necessary facilities, expertise and equipment for sessions that include all individuals above the age of nine. Range rules are in place for safety purposes.

TAG archery is a cross between paintball and archery and is great fun. All arrows are tipped with strong protective foam. Young children could wear long-sleeved shirts or jackets and long trousers for further protection. It’s also a good idea to wear closed shoes as a precaution against tripping or being stepped on. Face masks are provided and will be worn at all times.

Yes, we do! We offer tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and soft drinks.

On the food side, we offer a BBQ package for Birthday parties and Group bookings. You will need to book this in advance.

Yes, we are fully insured.

Your instructor, who is also first aid trained, is a certified Archery GB Instructor, so you will be in good hands.

If you are able to pull the bow string back and aim in a controlled manner then yes, you can certainly participate.

No, we provide everything required, including protective arm guards and finger tabs.

If you own archery equipment and can demonstrate that you are able to conduct yourself in a competent and safe manner, then you are welcome to use it.

The style of archery we offer is generally suitable for people aged nine years and above. We can adjust bow tension for children, but a degree of upper body strength is required to pull the string back far enough to shoot effectively. However, if your child struggles to pull the string back on the bow, we have some soft archery options, which can be used instead.

Yes, we offer bubble and glitter parties for children from 4 to 8 years of age. Please see our birthday packages for more details.

Yes, we offer one-to-one coaching sessions to help improve your technique and ability if you wish to hone your skills.

If you have an existing injury, we advise against practising archery, as some upper body strength and mobility is required to shoot in a safe and competent manner.

Yes, that does make a difference. We have left-handed bows for those who need them.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is a government body sponsored by the Home Office. A DBS check is an official record stating a person’s criminal convictions (if there are any). Such checks help to ensure that employers are making the right decisions during the recruitment process.

An Enhanced DBS check – which your Squire Archery instructor will have – is the highest level of DBS check available.

Please don’t hesitate to make an enquiry using the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Contact

Opening times: Archery sessions available 8am to 8pm every day.

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Directions

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Full travel directions
Driving south from the centre of Thriplow, travel along Middle Street around 700 metres, turning right at a crossroad onto Farm Lane. Travel east down Farm Lane for 300 metres, taking the first left onto Mill Line (an unmade road). Travel down Mill Line for 120m before turning left off the road at the Squire Archery signage. Look out for the only building in that area as an indication that you have arrived.

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