Big Weekend

The archery Big Weekend is when clubs throw open their doors to people interested in trying archery for the first time. This year there will be three events aimed at rebuilding archery in 2021.

Archery volunteer teaching a junior archer at a Big Weekend event

Big Weekend extravaganza

Please join us for the return of our annual Big Weekend, which will feature three separate events this year during May and July. As the nation slowly reopens, we aim to showcase how great our sport is for socially distanced fun and get you up and shooting in next to no time.

Logo of the Big Reopening 

Big Reopening – 7-9 May 2021

The focus in May will be on a ‘Big Reopening’ weekend for all clubs to take part in.  Clubs choose their own activities from a package of ideas and activities, all aimed at re-engaging the whole of the club: the most regular archers, beginners who didn’t have a chance to start shooting in 2020, juniors, people who have been shielding but are now able to return, and everyone else!

Activities suggested for the event range from an online quiz, socially-distanced picnic, and shooting sessions, in compliance with the government guidance for that area. Clubs will choose their activities, let Archery GB know their plans and provide feedback afterwards with accompanying photos. If you’re relatively new to archery, the Big Reopening event could be a great opportunity to get to know your fellow club members.

Pilgrim Bowmen of Boston
Mole Valley Bowmen
Friskney Bowmen
Assheton Bowmen
Thirsk Bowmen
Bowmen of Backworth
Coastal Archers
Long Mynd Archers
Peacock Archers
Archers of Raunds
Bowmen of Rutland
AC Delco Bowmen Archery Club
Eagle Bowman of Bedford
Lutterworth Archery Club
Redhill Archers
Valley Bowmen of Huddersfield
South Bucks Archers
Lonsdale Archers
Waterside AC
Bowmen of Danesfield
Whitburn Archers
Norton Archers
Eccles Archery Club
Croesoswallt Archers
Keynsham Archers
Six Towns Company of Archers
Bowbrook Archers
Royal Leamington Spa Archery Society
Goldcrest archers
Nethermoss Archers
Newark Castle Archers
Lisburn City Archery Club
Sherwood Archers
Woking Archery Club
Cardiff Metropolitan University Archery Club
The Shipston Archers
Calne Archers
Green Dragon Bowmen


The Big Week – 5-9 July 2021 and The Big Weekend – 9-11 July 2021

We have postponed the Big Weekend to 9-11 July, before most schools’ finish and the Olympic and Paralympic Games take place. The ‘Big Week’ will be the week before the Big Weekend, with a focus on encouraging archery in new places such as outdoor activity locations and in schools etc.

The Big Weekend will focus on inviting beginners and the general public to try archery at open day-type events run by any archery provider.

What is the Big Weekend?

Started for the Games in London 2012, an estimated 45,354 people have now been introduced to archery at a Big Weekend event over the past few years!  This national weekend of archery is about celebrating and raising the profile of our great sport, at welcoming and friendly fun-day style events.

Feedback from organisers in 2019:

“People really enjoyed themselves”

“We filled up the vacancies in our Beginners’ Course”

“We reached new people”

“It was a huge success”

Below you will find a selection of documents to help you plan for your Big Weekend. We will add to these as the date approaches with support around publicising your event and boosting engagement on social media.

We know research has proved archery is a sport most people would love to try, so the Big Weekend is perfect. In this exciting Olympic and Paralympic year when more people are likely to want to try archery, it would be amazing if everyone could find an event near them: let’s join forces and do this together!


Big Weekend – Photography Consent Form
Big Reopening virtual inter-club competition