Traditional English Longbow Making 2 day course


Organizer: Quirky Workshops

Name: Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Phone: 017684 83984




Penrith, Cumbria,
CA11 0UT

Price Notes

Adult £180.00 inc lovely 2 course lunch, refreshments and a cream tea each day.If you are prepared to share a shave horse and work together it may be possible for a parent and child to make a single bow together for an extra fee of just £40 Only well behaved children over 12 please :)


On the C2C Cycle route 200 yds north of Greystoke village green, direction Blencowe. We welcome all cyclists and walkers and ask all those with cars to walk the 350yds from the village car park around the Greystoke Castle walls. We can offer parking in our driveway to cycle support vehicles and those attending our workshop days, Bus links to Penrith and Keswick. Penrith railway station 5 miles


The English longbow is a powerful type of medieval longbow used for hunting and as a weapon in medieval warfare. English use of longbows was effective against the French during the Hundred Years’ War, particularly and most famously at the Battle of Agincourt (1415). During this two day course you will start with a selected quarter length of ash (or yew depending on the course date) called a stave which will be reduced using the traditional axe and bill hook tools of yesteryear. In time the students will each move onto a shavehorse where the draw knife and finally spoke shave will be the tool of choice. The stave will then be ‘trained’ to bend with great care and under Tony’s watchful eye to ensure no one become over enthusiastic too quickly and ends up with nothing more than firewood! Once the draw length of the bow is achieved we can estimate the draw weight and start making the bow string. Quirky Gift Vouchers are now available to buy and download online for all our courses. Perfect present and even better as a last minute gift if the shops or postman has let you down. See our website .

Event Details

Start Date End Date Times
24/06/2017 24/06/2017 09:30 to 16:30 09:30 to 16:30
12/08/2017 12/08/2017 09:30 to 16:30