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What is it?

  • The game of darts involves throwing short arrows at a numbered dart board hung on the wall.  

  • It is a highly social activity that can be done almost anywhere, mostly indoors.  

  • As well as being played at home, darts is a common activity in pubs, clubs, and other social centres.  It has become a area of competition for local teams as well as the professionals.  

Find out more


British Darts Organisation  0208 883 5544


Darts World 

Getting started

  • Find a local darts group or club (see organisations above or check in your local pub or social club).

  • Ask a friend or acquaintance to show you how to play.

  • Consult books or magazines on the finer points of darts.

  • Check in your local library/paper for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • While accurate throwing requires much skill, darts is very easy to pick up and it can be played by people of all ages and abilities, and both sexes. 

  • You can play and practice darts on your own at home, but for most people this is a prelude to playing with one or more other people as a regular part of pub or club life.  

  • It is usually better if the people you play with are of roughly the same standard as yourself, though not necessarily of the same age and sex.  

  • But there is also a variety of games using the dart board that can be played by people of different skills.

Equipment or clothing
  • No special clothing is required.  A dart board and at least one set of darts is required to play or practice at home.  

  • Most locations with dart boards provide sets of darts with which to play, though some people like to have their own.

A place or facilities
  • There are facilities for darts in most pubs and clubs and many other social and community centres including village and community halls, schools and sports centres.  

  • Use of the board is normally free to customers, but there may be local rules regarding access.

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