Archery Taster courses

Perhaps you have seen an archery event and you’re interested in seeing what this sport is all about?

Colchester & District Archery Club (CADAC) are offering tickets for limited-place (six Archers) ‘taster sessions’ at £12 per archer – to give you the opportunity to pick up a bow, learn the basics of archery with experienced CADAC coaching staff, and shoot arrows at a target for an hour and a half on a Saturday morning.

These events start at 10:00 am on advertised Saturday mornings – but it is useful to get to the venue 15 to 20 minutes early to get equipped with your bow, arrows and shooting equipment.

In 2022, CADAC relocated to our new home at the Northern Gateway Sports Park. This is where our Beginner’s Courses are held.

Suppose the taster event does whet your appetite and you want to go further. In that case, CADAC offers beginner’s courses to provide you with more advanced coaching, and range-safety knowledge that will enable you to join and shoot with any Archery GB affiliated club.

Terms & Conditions are at the bottom of this page. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, please email us at: and our staff will get back to you. Once you have purchased & reserved your place (use the buttons below), your ticket can be downloaded as your confirmation and proof of purchase for the taster session on your chosen date. Payment should be made by debit or credit card through our Ticket Tailor linked buttons below:

Archery taster – 13th April 2024 @ 10:00 am … 13 April '24 Closed – course fully booked

Archery taster – 27th April 2024 @ 10:00 am … 27 April '24 Closed – course fully booked

Archery taster – 27th April 2024 @ 12:30 pm … 27 April '24 pm Closed – course fully booked

Here’s some info about the Archery taster events:

Please note that if a taster session is cancelled by CADAC then the club will organise another session to replace it. If you fail to turn up for a course or session, then you will not be entitled to another. Sessions will normally take place even if it is raining, so please bring a waterproof with you. We will only cancel a session if there is persistent heavy rain, lightning, high winds or fog. This will be at CADAC’s discretion on safety grounds and is non-negotiable. We will do our best to contact you using the e-mail address that you used to purchase your tickets, but if you are unsure about the weather and cannot contact us on the day, then turn up anyway as someone will be there to inform you of the rescheduled date if we do have to cancel a session.

You should wear comfortable but close-fitting clothing – baggy jumpers and coats are not recommended. It is advisable to wear several thin layers rather than one bulky one. Items of jewellery or personal body piercing that might be caught by the bowstring should be removed and long hair should be tied back. Footwear must fully enclose the toes and the front of the foot to protect your feet from arrows ‘hiding’ in the grass, so please do not wear sandals.

If you have any questions, please contact our Taster event administrator by email at

Terms & Conditions – for the Archery taster events:

  • A ticket must be purchased, and the check-out form must be completed before starting the event.
  • All medical disclosures relevant to the sport of archery must be indicated at the time of purchase. Note that this is for the safeguarding of the student during the course.
  • An adult must accompany juniors (under 18) attending the CADAC taster event at all times.
  • The event fee must be paid in full before the date of the event.
  • Taster event fees are non-refundable unless cancelled by the Colchester & District Archery Club (CADAC).
  • Taster event tickets/places are non-transferrable unless agreed by the Colchester & District Archery Club (CADAC), prior to the commencement of the event.
  • Taster event fees do not entitle you to membership of CADAC.
  • All coaching and shooting will be strictly in accordance with Archery GB rules, regulations and practices.
  • CADAC retains the right to refuse further access to events & courses if students persistently disobey the safety instructions or the shooting rules.
  • CADAC cannot accept any responsibility for damage or injury sustained whilst entering, at, or leaving the shooting grounds.
  • All archers using the CADAC grounds must wear appropriate footwear i.e. no open-toed shoes or sandals.