Lough Cuan Bowmen

Welcome to Lough Cuan Bowmen Archery Club

Welcome to Lough Cuan Bowmen Archery Club

Welcome to Lough Cuan Bowmen Archery ClubWelcome to Lough Cuan Bowmen Archery ClubWelcome to Lough Cuan Bowmen Archery Club
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About Us


Who are we?

Lough Cuan Bowmen is an archery club based in Newtownards, Co. Down. The Club was founded in 1986 and promotes archery as a competitive and recreational sport. Friendly and welcoming we do not take ourselves too seriously yet this does not mean that the club does not have success - our archers hold awards from local, national and even world championship events.


What's in a name?

We take our name from the Irish for Strangford Lough which is an area of outstanding natural beauty and scientific interest in County Down. Lough Cuan can be translated as the ‘Inlet of the Harbours,’or ‘Safe Waters.’ The badge with two swans with a crown above set on a field of Royal Blue comes from the legend of Lugaid and Dergbforgal contained within the Courting of Emer.

Archers scoring and retrieving arrows at target bosses.

Sport, exercise and fun!

Our archers practice Field as well as Target archery in all styles - Long-Bow, Traditional, Recurve, Compound, Barebow and Instinctive. We have many members who shoot for fun and recreational purposes as well as members who take part in field, target and 3D competitions. 

Some of our members have represented the club at regional, national and international level, achieving success at Gold, Silver and Bronze level.

Archers retrieving arrows from targets

Just for fun!

As a club we host archery 'have-a-go' events for youth, church groups, schools, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, local fairs and corporate events. 

Contact us if you'd like to know more about this type of activity, or if you are interested in us running an event for your community group/organisation.

Next Beginner's Class

We hope to commence our next beginners class in February 2020. If you are interested send us an email and we'll update you when dates are confirmed.  


Archery Beginners Class

About the course

Interested in archery?   Lough Cuan Bowmen run archery beginners courses.  Our Beginners Courses are friendly and enjoyable and are designed to teach the basic skills of archery. 

How much does the course cost?

£38 per person. We currently accept payment by cheque, cash and bank transfer. The course has a maximum of 12 spaces.

How long is the course?

Six weekly sessions, each session is approximately 1 1/2 hours long.  Between April and August  courses are held  on a Thursday evening at Ards Rugby Club, Lansdowne Road, Newtownards. From September to March we move indoors and courses are held on a Friday evening  in Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex, Newtownards.

Do I need my own equipment?

No. All equipment is provided by Lough Cuan Bowmen.

What is covered in the course?
Once the course is completed, all beginners will -

  • have an understanding of the basic skills of shooting; 
  • know basic technique, safety and etiquette to the level required to join an archery club;
  • have the ability to shoot a recurve bow with reasonable confidence and skill;
  • have been introduced to other types of bows (traditional, longbow, compound, recurve and others); and
  • receive a certificate providing proof that you have completed a Beginners’ Course and are safe to shoot in a club environment. This certificate can be used to join any archery club.

Learn More

If you are interested in joining one of our beginners courses please get in touch via the Contact Us link at the bottom of this page to find out when the next course is taking place.

Social Media

To see more of what we get up to check out our Youtube channel, Instagram and Twitter feed - click on the links below.

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Want to know more about us or archery!

Come along and meet us.  We meet at Ards Rugby Football Club from May to August on Thursday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm, and in the Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex on Friday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm, from September to April. 

Lough Cuan Bowmen

Newtownards, County Down, BT23 4LQ,