FAMILIES fired a flurry of arrows into the air as part of a fun-filled half-term activity.

Colchester Castle hosted the popular series of medieval-style archery sessions which proved so popular, an extra one was added.

Experts taught parents and children how to fire a bow and arrow in the historical surroundings.

The event was led by Colchester Council’s Museums Service.

A spokesman said: “The medieval archery event at Colchester Castle was incredibly popular, with all three sessions fully booked, plus an extra one organised due to high demand.

“A total of 48 adults and children took part, including some as young as seven.

“Visitors really enjoyed being taught how to fire a bow and arrow as an English longbow man would have.

“This incredibly fun and practical activity was combined with the history surrounding the development and use of the famous weapon.”

Tim Young, the council’s portfolio holder for business and culture, added: “It was wonderful to see so many youngsters being inspired by history and being able to test their own archery skills.

“The event really brought the past alive and showed just how accomplished the English archers were throughout the Middle Ages.”

Future event details are at cimuseums.org.uk/visit/whats-on/.