Primal Bowyer

    Three days
    Duncarron Medieval Fort
    Up to 10 people
    One day

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About this course

Our Primal Bowyer course will run over 3 days giving you the theory, the history, and the skills into making this historical piece of weaponry.

Whether it was used for warfare, ceremonial or hunting purposes the bow has played an important part in our history.

Join us with Matthew Courtney – Jones from Cambridge longbows, a professional Bowyer who will pass on his skills to help you make your own seasoned Ash bow.

The course starts at 6pm on day 1, and ends around 2pm on day 3.

Come and learn the skills and make your own fully functioning working bow along with traditional arrows. Then try your bow out on our purpose built archery range.

What you need to know

What's included

All food, equipment, and professional instruction

What's not included

All equipment will be provided for this course.  

Depending on weather, it's sensible to come in clothes suitable for possibly wet and muddy conditions.


Please save your money and do not buy expensive kit. The more you know, the less you need to carry.

Suitable outdoor clothing (see below)
Sleeping bag with gortex bivvy bag or similar
Insulated sleeping mat
Knife, fork, spoon, mug, bowl and plate
Water bottle (1 litre mineral water bottle will do)
Torch with fresh batteries & spares
Wash kit & towel
Gardening Gloves
Personal toiletries & medication (to include toilet paper, sunscreen, insect repellent and lip salve)
Antibacterial wipes/soap
Tea or Coffee + whitener
Small first aid kit (plasters, bandages, headache pills etc.)
Spare change of clothing
Camera + Notebook + pen (optional)

Outdoor clothing

Outdoor clothing should be tough and comfortable. Wearing several thin layers is better than a few thick layers. A waterproof jacket and several sweatshirts underneath are sufficient. Jeans should not be worn, as they are slow to dry, clinging and cold. Natural colours or camouflage will give you a better chance of spotting wildlife. Walking boots are ideal, but wellies in wet weather and trainers in dry weather will suffice.
Please pack your torch, antibacterial wipes/soap and insect repellent at the top of your bag.

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Why  Primal?

Epic adventures

Build confidence in your own survival skills in a fun and safe environment

Experienced Experts

We work to the highest standards of safety and professionalism

Stories to remember

Take home memories and a renewed appreciation for the outdoors