Medieval archery hits the mark at Christchurch Park, Ipswich

Familes enjoyed a medieval archery workshop in Christchurch Park on Thursday 18th August.
Owen Free

Familes enjoyed a medieval archery workshop in Christchurch Park on Thursday 18th August. Owen Free and Mark Bloom. - Credit: Archant

Ipswich youngsters enjoyed a packed day of authentic medieval archery in Christchurch Park yesterday.

The lawn in front of the mansion hosted History Blooms, who gave eager archers the chance to learn about different styles of bow and arrow, before having a go with longbows.

Head archer Mark Bloom said: “We have had fantastic children all enjoying learning the skills, and particularly with the Olympics it’s great they can see where one of the sports came from.”

Eleanor Root, collections and learning curator at Colchester and Ipswich Museums, added: “They have all being having lots of fun learning a kid-friendly history of archery and doing proper medieval archery with long bows.

“Archery is a really proactive way for them to engage in history.”

The mansion and Ipswich Museum will continue to host activities next week as part of its packed summer programme.

Visit www.ipswich.gov.uk for details.

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