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Beginner’s Course

We usually run two courses for beginners each year, it is a condition of Archery GB (the governing body of archery in Great Britain) that attendance on such a course is required before you can become a member of an archery club.

All archery clubs put safety foremost. It is essential that anyone wishing to learn archery is given tuition in both the art of shooting, and the safety aspects of the sport. The courses we run at Knebworth are fun, but must be taken seriously. Archery isn’t dangerous – but it could be.

Green Dragon Bowmen is happy to welcome children from 8 years and over to join the club.

The course usually consists of three sessions (normally three afternoons over two weekends generally in early June and early September) On the last session of the course we hold a mini tournament and a ‘fun shoot’.


One Person£65
One Adult & One Junior (8-17) booking together£110

Vouchers are available for beginners courses on request.

Future Beginner’s Course Sessions

All sessions of a course must be completed to pass the course.

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If you are interested in our beginners course please contact us.


I’ll be reaching out again via the form in a couple of days as both myself and my daughter will be joining the club for sure! I hope you have a fantastic day and no doubt we’ll speak again soon.

E.D. 12 June 2023

Hi to all the GDB volunteers on the recent beginner’s course – and a HUGE thank you to you all for your time, organisation and patience (not to mention energy) in setting up, explaining and showing us newbies how to shoot a bow and arrow safely! The backdrop of Knebworth House and the amazing weather only added to the overall enjoyment.

A very special mention to those members I had direct contact with during the 3 sessions;

Chris, Martin, Carl, John, Keith, Carlie, Yolanda and Sandra – plus all the other volunteers who made the course so very enjoyable. 

You’re a super-friendly team and I had a thoroughly good time learning the ropes;

 I very much look forward to becoming a member of GDB [Redacted] and becoming part of your friendly team.

Many thanks once again.

S. B. 12 June 2023

Just wanted to say a massive thank you for such an amazingly well organised professional and fun beginners course. We thoroughly enjoyed it even though we were rubbish!

We are aiming to join [Redacted] so will be in touch at the beginning of July

Many thanks to everyone involved – we really appreciate their time and help and advice

D. & E. R. 12 June 2023

Thanks again for the excellent beginners course and looking forward to being back on the range.

P.P. 4 October 2022

I really enjoyed the beginners’ course earlier this month. Thanks so much to you, the rest of the committee and members for making it such a well organised and welcoming course.

I’m really looking forward to being a member :). Please let me know what the next steps are for getting involved.

J.W. 28 September 2022

Thank you for the training course, we have really enjoyed it.  I’ve attached our registration forms.

M.W. & R.C. 3 July 2022

Can I start by thanking you and the other members for the excellent beginners course that we attended recently. To have so many members volunteering is amazing, I hope the club is very proud to have such strong commitment. The kind welcoming and helpful nature of everyone really shone through.

I have attached, hopefully, all the information for our applications and have transferred payment for the four of us.

J.A. 30 June 2022

I really enjoyed the course and wish to join.

S.F. 29 June 2022

Please find attached my form for joining the club.  Looking forward to shooting  All the very best.

D.M. 29 June 2022

N. and I really enjoyed the beginner archery course and would love to apply for membership, with thanks to everyone for being so accommodating.

J.H. 27 June 2022

I really enjoyed the beginners course and would love to join. Please find attached my membership application, photo and a copy of the voucher for the membership fee.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

L.R. 26 June 2022

I really enjoyed the beginners course and would like to join the club. Please find attached my membership application and photo – I’ve already transferred the money as requested.

N.L. 26 June 2022

“I enjoyed the beginner’s course, AW was brilliant, and would now like to become a Club member. I have attached a completed application form”

D.R. 15 April 2022

She’s had such a good week, as did G and L. We couldn’t recommend Green Dragon enough, it’s such an amazing and friendly group of people and it’s great to be a part of it. Maybe one day I’ll get into it but as a mum of 3 who is studying (2 separate courses) as well and working full time in a primary school and planning a 3 part extension to the house my head couldn’t cope with anything more at the moment. 

D.R. 14 April 2022

“I know this email is coming a week after we completed the beginners course, but I’d like to start it by saying that I had a really good time learning how to shoot correctly and safely, and that it was brilliantly organised!”

L. T. 2 Oct 2021

“I appreciate you adding my husband, P., to the waiting list for the next beginners course. He was really envious of M. doing it this time I didn’t get a look in with taking her, he enjoyed the whole atmosphere & friendliness of the club so much. M. absolutely loved the course and is really enthusiastic about progressing with archery.”

D. G. 29 Sep 2021

“E., M. and I enjoyed the beginners course so much, it was a fantastic introduction to your club. We would like to join”

R. N. 27 Sep 2021

“Thank you to you and all the Green Dragon Bowmen volunteers for running the beginners course.”

T & H 26 Sep 2021

“First of all I want to say thank you for all you did on to make the course happen. It was a great experience.”

D. F. 26 Sep 2021