A new axe throwing experience is coming to the UK with the launch of ‘Game of Throwing’ in Newcastle.
The venue is among the first four locations selected across the UK by the new company, which offers an indoor experience where groups of adults can book throwing lanes.
Urban axe throwing is a global trend which originated in Toronto, Canada, and is set to take the UK by storm.
Game of Throwing is the latest venture from Escape, the Edinburgh-based company which is one of the largest operators of escape rooms in the world.
The Newcastle venue will open on May 28 at Newgate Street, NE1 4XQ. Other venues in Chelmsford, Hull and Plymouth are also opening their doors before June 2, and the company has expansion plans for elsewhere in England, Scotland and Ireland.
The urban axe throwing experience involves groups of up to six booking their own enclosed and safe throwing lane or lanes, which come with a coach who will teach everyone how to throw an axe safely in a 15-minute training session.
Similar to a darts game, axes are thrown 12ft away from a target board, with different scores awarded for the different rings and the bullseye on the board.
Axes are only ever thrown down empty, enclosed lanes under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor at all times.
Players must be aged 10 and over, wear closed-toe shoes only, and there is no alcohol available at venues. Groups with 10 to 16-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.
As well as groups of friends, the concept is particularly popular for corporate team-building events.
Prices start from £15 for 10 to 16-year-olds and £20 for adults for 75-minute sessions.
Each location has completed Covid risk assessments and action plans in line with government guidance, with private lanes and social distancing.
Daniel Hill, founder of Game of Throwing, said:
“We’re really excited to be opening our first venue in Newcastle and can’t wait to welcome our first customers.
“Urban axe-throwing experiences are increasingly popular around the world, and we’re delighted to be launching the experience here in the UK.
“Following a year when people have been unable to get together with friends and colleagues, this offers an opportunity to book a fun, safe indoor experience that many people won’t have tried before.
“We look forward to opening our doors to customers and launching more venues across the UK in the months ahead.”
For more information, including online booking and opening times, visit here: https://www.gameofthrowing.co.uk/game-of-throwing-newcastle.