English Heritage has hidden 1,066 arrows at its castle, forts, stone circles and stately homes across the country.
The arrows, created to mark 950 years since King Harold took one in the eye and William the Conqueror triumphed, have been planted at sites including Brodsworth Hall, Monk Bretton Priory, Marmion Tower and Conisbrough Castle.
To launch the 1066 Arrow Hunt, English Heritage unveiled a giant arrow at the Battle of Hastings battlefield in East Sussex. That arrow is impossible to miss, but the 1,066 hidden arrows – with red feathers and a red tip – will apparently be 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. Find an arrow and you’ll win a fantastic prize. And while you’re looking, you’ll discover the greatest sites in England, where history really happened.
“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 prizes for the 1066 Arrow Hunt include a castle sleepover, a private tour of Stonehenge, plus tickets to English Heritage’s re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings in October.
Visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/arrowhunt for further details, including how many arrows are still waiting to be found. The hunt will end when the last arrow is found or on the October 31.