Is it a sport? A way to let off steam after a stressful day? Or a fun activity to do with your mates? Who knows – maybe it’s all three! Whilst axe throwing’s not the most commonly played sport out there, it’s great fun and a truly unique experience. An activity requiring patience and skill as opposed to just strength, it can be thrilling and even strangely therapeutic. Even better, it can be done on your own or as a social event with mates. As usual, the city of Bristol has some great places to try axe throwing. Venues typically feature multiple throwing lanes equipped with wooden targets, as well as experienced coaches who provide instruction and ensure safety. And of course, snacks and student discounts alike are available at selected venues. Precision, focus and coordination are all skills that will come in handy with this exhilarating activity. Check out our guide below to learn about Bristol’s best axe throwing venues and what to expect from a session.

1. Whistle Punks Activity Bar 

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Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, graduation or just looking for somewhere to spend an evening, Whistle Punks is your one-stop shop for all things axe throwing related. Open on selected days from Tuesday to Sunday, this unique venue offers a variety of axe throwing packages. Hailed an ‘absolute blast’ by visitors, this Bristol experience will leave you with unforgettable memories. For only £22 you can purchase a social ticket where you’ll get a 70-minute axe throwing experience with an instructor. If that’s not exciting enough, students can get a 70-minute session and 1 house drink for only £15. That’s truly an unmissable discount. Those coming as a group or for a party can also book an exclusive lane where you’ll get your own instructor and a private lane for up to ten players. Even better, Student Beans members get a 20% discount on exclusive lanes and single tickets. What’s not to like? If you want to go all out and have a truly memorable experience, this Bristol venue also has Big Shot Lanes and Bells and Whistles Lanes available, where you can get t-shirts, food and drinks.

So, how do axe throwing sessions work? Firstly you’ll be given a safety brief. Then you’ll get in some practice throws before having a friendly competition with your mates. After your inevitable triumph there’ll be plenty of time to take some group photos and grab a snack. They recommend you bring clothing that allows the full range of motion for your arms, and closed-toe shoes are required. A quick heads up – you must be over 18 to access this Bristol axe throwing experience. Also, be sure to bring your ID as it’s required for entry. Take a look at Whistle Punks’ website for more details and to book tickets.

Address: All Saints’ St, BS1 2LZ

2. Bristol Activity Centre

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Offering both knife and axe throwing, Bristol Activity Centre truly spoils you for choice. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, you can book 1-hour sessions with training from a qualified expert. Open from Monday to Saturday, this Cribbs Causeway activity centre is a must-visit. Following a safety briefing, you’ll be offered a variety of axe sizes and weights to get accustomed with alongside games to improve your aim and scores. Of course, an activity like axe throwing wouldn’t be complete without some friendly competition. Instructors score your rounds, so make sure to pay attention to the training so you can beat all your mates! Also, those who excel at axe throwing will get the chance to try out knife throwing under full supervision. They even have a partially sheltered throwing range in case it rains!

The minimum age for participation is 12 years old, and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Eye protection is provided and closed-toe footwear is required. Axe throwing is wheelchair-accessible and user friendly, and suitable for those of all abilities. 1-hour sessions cost £30 per person, and you must book packages before the activity day. Why not add a meal deal to your package as an optional extra for £6? Head to their website and book your tickets now!

Address: Hollywood Lane, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS10 7TW (This is the nearest postcode to the venue, however they recommend not entering via Bow Street Lane

3. UK Active Outdoors Ltd

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Staying true to its name, Battle Archery Bristol is another iconic axe throwing spot. For £38 per person, those aged 16 and over can have a go at axe throwing in a controlled environment. If you’re completely new to the sport you can book a beginners’ session where you can practice throwing smaller axes. As well as this, for an extra £10 for 30 you can upgrade to a 30-minute knife throwing session on top of your axe throwing session. If you are disabled you can contact Battle Archery Bristol through a form on their website to discuss accommodations – and they will do their best to tailor a private session if desired. Spectators are welcome on-site but must follow safety rules. Also, they have a 2-day cancellation policy so make sure you’re available for the date before booking!

Address: Avon Valley Farm BS31 1TS

Both a recreational activity and a competitive sport, axe throwing is definitely one to tick off the Bristol bucket list. It’s also a skill that is surprisingly easy to pick up. Promoting physical activity and skill development (alongside a whole lot of fun) its simplicity and thrill factor have contributed to the sport’s growing popularity. So, what are you waiting for? Grab an axe, take aim and unleash your inner lumberjack. Who knows – you might just discover an exhilarating new pastime and join the ranks of axe throwing enthusiasts across the city.

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