Treasure hunters will be on the lookout for hundreds of arrows which have been placed at a number of English Heritage sites across Shropshire.
To mark 950 years since King Harold took one in the eye and William the Conqueror triumphed, English Heritage has hidden 1,066 arrows at many of its castles and forts, stone circles and stately homes across the UK.
Hundreds of them can be found in our region – including Stokesay, Acton Burnell and Moreton Corbet castles, Haughmond and Buildwas abbeys, Wenlock Priory, Boscobel House and Wroxeter Roman City.
Visitors to English Heritage sites throughout Shropshire who find an arrow will win one of 1,066 prizes including a castle sleepover, a private tour of Stonehenge, and tickets to English Heritage’s re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings in October.
To launch the charity’s 1066 Arrow Hunt, English Heritage unveiled a giant arrow at the Battle of Hastings battlefield in East Sussex. While that arrow is impossible to miss, the 1,066 hidden arrows – with red feathers and a red tip – are a bit more difficult to spot.
Kate Mavor, English Heritage’s chief executive, said: “1066 is the most famous date in English history and the Battle of Hastings was arguably the most important battle in our history, the results of which had consequences for every corner of England.
“We’ve now hidden 1,066 arrows at our sites – big and small – right across the country, including in Shropshire. Find an arrow and you’ll win a fantastic prize.
“We’ve launched the hunt with a giant arrow on the very site where William beat Harold – a dramatic way to represent this turning point in history.”
The 1066 Arrow Hunt is just one part of English Heritage’s programme – ‘1066: Year of the Normans’ – to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest this year.
The 1066 Arrow Hunt begins today and continues until all the arrows have been found.