Over 20 thrill-seekers joined Bridgend-based Bushcraft Adventures last weekend for the launch of its unique axe throwing activity.
Based near Laleston, the adventure company which already offers archery and bushcraft activities, is giving the people of South Wales the opportunity to get back to their Celtic roots and immerse themselves in one of the hottest growing trends in group activities. From children’s parties (11+), hen/stag activities, social get-togethers and taster events, to team away days, axe throwing is certainly a ‘different’ way to have some fun and try something new by taking a step back in time and celebrating a sport of old.
Founder of Bushcraft Adventures, Stephanie Thompson said: “We are thrilled to be able to share this new activity with the people of South Wales. As the only venue that currently offers it in the area, we can’t wait to enlighten people on the joys of axe throwing, sharing in their experiences and helping to make memorable moments, not to mention awesome social media profile pictures.”
“Axe throwing has really grown in popularity over the past few years. As with all of our activities, safety is paramount and it’s a safe sport as long as our instructions are followed. And of course, our other focus is about having FUN!”
Axe throwing is a growing sport across the UK. TV Shows like Vikings showcasing it and Game of Thrones star, Jason Momoa’s YouTube demonstration which has had over 5.5 million hits (to date) have helped nurture interest in it.
The aim of the activity is to throw an axe toward a wooden target, hitting the bullseye. It’s not an aggressive sport, the goal is to concentrate on focus, not force. It’s a great mindfulness activity or there’s plenty of scoring games to try for the more competitive! Either way, it’s an incredibly satisfying feeling hearing the “thunk” of the axe sticking on the target.
Speaking at the axe throwing launch event, guest John Bachelor said: “My friend found the event when he was looking through Eventbrite for something a little bit different for us to do as a group and it sounded like great fun.
“I’ve been to outdoor events like this before where there’s been a large group of people to one instructor, meaning you get very little time to actually do the activity, but Bushcraft Adventures wasn’t like that at all. We had the time to do the activity, practice it with the help of the instructors and we could feel ourselves getting better throughout the day which made the experience very laid back and fun. I already know that a few of our friends would love to give this a go and I’d definitely recommend it.”
Fellow axe thrower, Tasha Evans from South Wales, added: “I’d never done anything like this before, and it sounded great to throw axes at targets – not in a menacing way, obviously! But the event was super fun and I’d definitely come back again.”