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European Archery Championships aim to impress in Nottingham

*Twaaaaaang* – that’s the sound of an arrow hitting its target, a bullseye, and scoring 9 points at the European Archery Championships, which are being held in Nottingham at the end of this month – and only the second to be held in the UK, the first since 1978! You’ll be able to watch exciting live archery in a purpose-built archery arena in the Old Market Square. There’ll be an impressive 1500 seater pop-up archery arena erected just for the event and you can also enjoy a European food and drink market along Smithy Row and Long Row throughout the weekend.

In terms of the competition, four separate archery sessions will take place over Saturday and Sunday, from 11am and 2pm daily. Compound finals will take place on Saturday, with Recurve finals (the Olympic sport) taking place on Sunday. This will be a spectacular showcase, creating a huge buzz of excitement as we showcase the best archers from more than 40 countries, competing for European glory in the centre of our city. Part of the championship will also be the European Continental qualifying Tournament for Rio 2016 – will you see someone destined for Olympic glory in Brazil!

In the run up to the event, some of team GB’s archers, Bradley Denny and Becky Martin, visited Nottingham too, to put some of Nottinghamshire’s cricketers through their paces, which you can read more about here. Plus, you can support Nottinghamshire in their Twenty20 campaign which gets underway on Friday at Trent Bridge with tickets only £10 and watch their fantastic #CricketHasLanded video too!

Tickets start at just £7.50 for children and are available online, or in person at the Nottingham Tourism Centre on Smithy Row, or from the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall box office. If you fancy trying archery, you can do so with Nottingham City Council’s Adventure Team at Colwick Park or in your school community centre and Scout hall!

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