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  • Member of Cumbria Tourism
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Workshop/Course, from 24 Jun 2017, £40-£180

Traditional English Longbow making 2 day course

Traditional English Longbow making 2 day course

Traditional English Longbow making 2 day course with Tony Saunders at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Details

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.

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On-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board Member

We have a ground floor toilet but not wide enough for wheelchair access.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 24 - Sun 25 Jun 2017 09:30 to 16:30 09:30 to 16:30
Sat 12 - Sun 13 Aug 2017 09:30 to 16:30
The Cycle Cafe is a family-run tea garden with unusual opening times. Fri 12.00 to 18.00. Sat 10.00 to 18.00 and the second Sun of the month 10.00 to 18.00. We will serve any cyclists at other times with whatever we have, if of course we are about and available. Seasonal opening only, Apr to end Sep.

Prices

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 :)

Contact

Annie Swarbrick

017684 83984

Address

Greystoke,
Penrith,
Cumbria,
CA11 0UT

Directions

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

Parking: free

Facilities

  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member

We have a ground floor toilet but not wide enough for wheelchair access.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas steps and no ramp

Food

  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesChildren's menu

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

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