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For details of how to find both our outdoor and indoor venues, including map links, please see our location page.

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We can shoot during the week at any time at the wish of the members.

As we share a site with a thriving rugby club, weekend shooting can only take place when they are not using the ground. In winter this means we shoot on Sunday afternoons only, but during their closed season, unless there is an 'event', we are free to shoot when we want.

Please note, we can never shoot on Sunday mornings. During the winter there is rugby practice and during their closed season there are car boot sales.

In addition, we have the following specific sessions, weather and key holder permitting:

  • Wednesday – April to October – 1.00 pm meet for 1.30 pm shoot.
  • Wednesday – November to March – 12.00 noon meet for 12.30 pm shoot.
  • Wednesday – May to Mid September – 6.00 pm meet for 6.30 pm shoot.
  • Thursday – May to Late September – 5.00 pm meet for 5.30 pm shoot two weeks out of three. 6.00 pm meet for 6.30 pm shoot on third week.
  • Friday – April to October – 1.00 pm meet for 1.30 pm shoot.
  • Friday – November to March – 12.00 noon meet for 12.30 pm shoot.
  • Saturday – September to April – No shooting (rugby season).
  • Saturday – May to August 10.00 am for those wishing to shoot a long round, or who prefer an early start time and 1.00 pm for those wishing to shoot a short round. (See above paragraph about 'events'.)
  • Sunday – All year – 1.00 pm meet for 1.30 pm shoot.

Special shoots

  • Boxing day – 11.00 am meet for 11.30 am shoot.
  • New Year's day – 11.00 am meet for 11.30 am shoot.

It will be very cold on both of those days, so we will have hot food of some description during the shoots. Turkey stew anyone?

  • Bank holiday Mondays (except August) – 11.00 am for those wishing to shoot a long round and 1.00 pm for those wishing to shoot a short round. (See above paragraph about 'events'.)

Please note: Archery GB (also known as the Grand National Archery Society (GNAS)) safety criteria must be met at all times.

At no point are the dates below 'finalised', we will add to these sections as and when we get dates.

Car boots:

The car boot sales take place every Sunday throughout the summer starting in late May. They should be finished by 1 pm, but it does mean we need to take care when arriving at the ground and for roping out.

  • First car boot – Sunday 28 May at the latest, may be earlier.
  • Last car boot – Sunday 20 August.
  • Additional car boot – Monday 28 August.

Dates when we cannot shoot:

  • Sunday 14 May – horse and driving show. Please note, they rope out their arenas on the Saturday, but we will still be able to shoot then.
  • Friday 7 to Sunday 9 JulyBristol Microcar Club's rally Facebook page.
  • Sunday 15 October – minis' (under 8s, not the cars) rugby festival.

Dates we will need to meet later than 1pm:

Although the events should be finished by the times stated, we will be expected to give way if the events over run. Please be aware that it's also likely to be busy around the car park area as the attendees won't all have left by then.

  • Sunday 12 March – Super 8 rugby tourney. 1.30pm meet.
  • Sunday 19 March – Under 10 and Under 11 county-wide Rugby Championships. 2.00pm meet.
  • Sunday 16 AprilSaracens rugby club minis' (under 8s, not the cars) tour. Please note: other clubs will be attending; a total of 350 minis, plus their parents, are expected. 1.30pm meet.
  • Sunday 7 May – Bristol junior combination rugby sevens tourney. 2.00pm meet.

Dates we will be sharing the ground with an event:

Although we can shoot on the following dates (normal start times), care needs to be taken as we will not be the sole users of the ground.

Regular events still to have exact dates confirmed:

The following are either regular events, with their 'usual' dates, for which bookings are expected but not yet received, or events that are booked, but where we do not yet know how they will impact on the availability of our shooting area:

  • Sunday to Sunday early July – Circus on the floodlit pitch. Shows in the afternoon and evening, Tuesday to Saturday inclusive. Please note: there are no animals used in the circus.
  • Sunday in late July – stunt circus.
  • Tuesday to Sunday early September – Circus on the floodlit pitch. Shows in the afternoon and evening, Tuesday to Saturday inclusive. Please note: there are no animals used in the circus.

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We have booked Friday indoor evening sessions.

  • Time – 7 to 9 pm.
  • First session – 6 October 2017.
  • Christmas fun shoot – 15 December 2017.
  • Christmas and New Year break – no shooting 22 and 29 December 2017.
  • Last session – 23 March 2018. NB 30 March 2018 is Good Friday, hence finishing a week 'early'.

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Created: 17 October 2010
Updated: 30 August 2017

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