THE sun was shining down on Chirk Castle on Saturday as children and adults alike tried their hands at archery.

People of all ages plucked up the courage to take part in the archery session which was being hosted by the Blaidd Field Archers club, based in Wrexham.

One youngster who took part was seven-year-old Llewi Evans from Chepstow who was staying in a cottage within the castle’s grounds with his family on holiday.

Llewi was a dab-hand at the sport and spoke of his very-own target board at home.

“I really enjoyed it. I’ve played it before but it’s good to use proper arrows,” he said.

“I got one really close to the dragon’s chin.”

Ken Davies from Blaidd, who are the castle all weekend, described the ‘safety measures’ taken before members of the public got to have a go of a bow and arrow.

He said: “We make sure they’re ready to use the bow and arrow first, checking to see if they’re holding it correctly and behind the line.

“We do it to give people the chance to try the sport and also to raise funds to buy new equipment.

“As long as they can walk, we are happy for them to try - as long as they’re with an adult!

“And we’ve got the weather for it today.”

The club is always looking for new members to fit into the following age groups; under 10, under 12 and over 16 and a range of beginners courses are offered which include how to play safely and the basics.

Children are to be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit