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Raby Castle is delighted to once again be hosting the English Longbow World Wand Championships on Sunday 25th June, organised by the Archers of the Tees.
Archery has been a part of Raby’s history for centuries and it is fitting that this event is held here against the backdrop of the Castle. In 1346 Ralph Nevill, 2nd Baron Nevill of Raby led English troops to victory against Scottish Forces at the Battle of Neville’s Cross. The Battle took place just outside of Durham and the Battlefields Trust believes that as many as 10,000 English archers were involved.
Over the years the World Wand Championship has drawn competitors from around the world, from China, Hong Kong, Spain, Germany and Australia to name just a few as well as England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Through events like this, the Archers of the Tees promote the traditional skills of archery and ensure the sport continues.
We are looking forward to this year’s event and hope visitors to the castle will stop and watch as competitors hold their nerve and test their skills to compete for the title of World Wand Champion 2023.