A city break, perhaps with some shooting? Don’t mind if I do.
Archers from across the spectrum are turning competition into a holiday, combining a city break with competitive archery. Why not join them? We’ve rounded up the largest international indoor tournaments here.
Registration is now open for all six of the events on the calendar of the 2020 Indoor Archery World Series. All these tournaments are open entry, meaning archers do not have to be a member of a national team to compete.
Registration for Indoor Series events is completed through World Archery’s WAREOS extranet, however entries for the Vegas Shoot have to go through through the tournament’s official website. (You can also register as a team, which combines results across events.)
What, indeed, are you waiting for?
Officially this is sold out, but check carefully to see if any spaces open up. This is a well-funded attempt with JVD and the Kings Of Archery series to establish a big show, full Vegas-style tournament in Europe, and bills itself as the biggest and best, with seminars and a full trade show.
So far archers definitely seem to agree, with big names from all over making the trip to Eindhoven.
Dates: 17-18 November 2019. More at: www.kingsofarchery.com
Held in Strassen in central Luxembourg, this tournament is one of the more intimate on the European circuit, but is easily accessible and expected to be busy.
While only having space for RM, RW, CM and CW, there is the usual second chance tournament, and it’s a little more keenly priced than some of the others – plus Luxembourg is a rather underrated holiday destination, in this writer’s opinion.
Dates: 22-24 November 2019 More at: www.gt-s.lu/home
It’s not a cheap trip, but a visit to the ‘Vegas of Asia’ will certainly up things in the glam stakes. In its second year at the Venetian resort casino-hotel, this is an Indoor Series 500 event for RM, RW, CM, CW, with separate, preceding competitions for barebows and masters.
It’s a long way to go, but some who have been highly recommend it as an experience.
Dates: 9-10 November 2019. See www.gaaintl.com/macau for more details.
This runs in mid-December in Berlin, Germany, and while it may be getting chilly, the opportunities for Christmas markets and much else in one of Europe’s most fascinating cities are endless.
The Berlin Open has a excellent reputation among archers as one of the most organised and friendly shoots on the calendar, and is currently under ‘new’ management, in a new hall next to the Olympiastadion.
Dates: 13th-15th December. More at: www.berlin-archery.de
TRUBall/Axcel Roma Archery Trophy
Running against the Berlin competition is the Roma Archery Trophy, in its second year and now sponsored by the American sight and release manufacturer.
A 250 level series event, this is notable for a full barebow and longbow competition which attracts some of the very best in the world. The hall is a fair way from the centre of Rome, but the coffee makes up for it.
Dates: 14-15 December 2019. More at www.romaarcherytrophy.com
Sydney Indoor Archery Festival
In its first year on the circuit, this is expected to attract archers from across Oceania, and perhaps a little further too. In the middle of an Australian summer, indoors is probably your best option.
With a full barebow and masters competition and a following para competition, this looks to be the biggest thing to hit Liverpool for a while.
Dates: 10-12 January 2020. More at: www.archeryworldcup-sydney.com.au
Nimes Archery Tournament
Celebrating it’s 21st birthday, the largest event on the European calendar sits in its familiar slot in the third week in January.
A now essential part of the indoor tournament circuit, it pulls in archers from across the globe including a large contingent from the UK.
Dates: 17-19 January 2020. More at: www.nimesarchery.com/en
The big daddy of them all, pulling in over 4000 from across the world and in its 54th edition, Vegas 2020 looks set to be everything you’d expect and more.
We wish they’d make the casino non-smoking, but you can’t have everything. It should be on your archery bucket list regardless.
Dates: 7-9 February 2020. More at thevegasshoot.com