New axe throwing experience game set to open in Essex

A brand new axe throwing experience is set to open in Essex.

The new axe throwing game is set be launched in Chelmsford and will be one of the first venues to open in the UK.

The venue is among the first four locations selected across the UK by Game of Throwing.

Urban axe throwing is a global trend that originated in Toronto, Canada and has now spread across the Atlantic to the UK.

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.

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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.

The Chelmsford venue will open on June 2, 2021, at 41 Beehive Lane, CM2 9TQ.

The venue will be open between 12pm and 10pm Monday to Friday, 10am until 10pm on Saturdays and 12pm to 8pm on Sundays.

Other venues in Newcastle, Hull and Plymouth are also opening their doors in the coming weeks, and the company has expansion plans for elsewhere in England, Scotland and Ireland.

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Prices start from £15 for 10 to 16-year-olds and £20 for adults for 75-minute axe throwing sessions.

Each location, including the Chelmsford venue, has completed Covid risk assessments and action plans in line with government guidance, with private lanes and social distancing.

Daniel Hill, the founder of Game of Throwing, said: “We’re really excited to be opening our first venue in Chelmsford 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 details, visit The Game of Throwing website here.

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