East Kent Warbow Society (EKWS)

The East Kent Warbow Society was borne out of an idea to hold a medieval archery shoot in Kent. With the closure of some groups / societies and others being too far away. We decided to create something in Kent that catered for the older type of bow and the heavier poundage bows. Jason from Canterbury Medieval Combat and Nick from Classic Bowyer set about putting this together. It has taken us a while to find at site and also get through COVID restrictions.

We couldn’t have put on this shoot without the help and support of Andy and Mark at CEMAHistory who introduced us the Kent Country Showground.

We intend to run monthly shoots on the 3rd Sunday of the month at the Kent Country Showground at Detling. There will be a roving marks shoot and a flight distance shoot. There will be a friendly little competition too.

The initial shoot will be a Longbow shoot but we also do have plans to allow Medieval Crossbow as well. Once we see what members want to shoot.


The aim is to build people up to shoot 70lbs plus warbows, but understand that will not be a starting point for most people.

We can only accept signed up members at shoots initially, so you will need to join in order to take part in shoots. The annual cost of membership which covers insurance is £40 and can be bought below. Each shoot is £15 for members.

You will need to bring your own equipment but please note we do want to keep this traditional so please no modern bows.

Stay in touch with the East Kent Warbow Society via it’s Facebook page