I am not sure that there could be a more fun way to ease myself back into post-holiday life than axe throwing. Well, perhaps there could be. I am working with Buckt, the activities subscription box, this year and each month Jit and I get five activities to try out.
Before we went to Barcelona and Valencia, we visited Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. And to welcome us home after our trip I booked for a meditation class, axe throwing, trampoline park and a drumming lesson. It is not going to be a dull February, that’s for sure!
Axe throwing at Whistle Punks
Ages and ages ago, my friends at Holier than Thou went to Whistle Punks in the Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester to try axe throwing and it sounded like amazing fun. So receiving it in the first Buckt box was brilliant. (OK, so I got a taster for it before Christmas, but this was the real deal!) Jit was also rather pleased as he wanted to try it too.
After a safety briefing and instruction on how to throw the axes (in theory) we were ready for the real deal. We managed to be the first pair to throw and both missed! This is pretty typical for everyone starting out, so nothing to worry about. The instructors are fantastic and help you to find your form to help you improve.
Within a few rounds we were all getting a shot at least once each turn. The instruction was obviously working! Jit got the hang of it really quickly! I’m not sure whether we found his sport or whether he was taking out his aggression on the target. Either way, he was doing really well and obviously enjoying it by the size of his grin!
After a few practice rounds to get the hang of things, you enter into the tournament where everyone in the groups plays each other. Two by two you take your turn to aim for the win. I wasn’t doing too badly until the cheering started which thew me right off! Although, saying that, I got two bulls eye in a row, which was pretty darn good.
We all played our rounds and Alex, the instructor, added up the points while we eagerly awaited the results. We had a very good group where we were all pretty similar in axe throwing skill. So it was a tough competition.
We were very excited to hear that Jit made it into the last four and then whipped his way into the final! And then, crowned the winner! They marked the occasion by giving him the red velvet cape and the chance to throw the two prize-winning (were once gold) axes!
Jit managed to stave off all twelve of us to be crowned the winner of the group. His prize was to throw two axes at once. One into each target. Although he was very good, we discovered that this is a very hard task! If he had have done it, he would have had the chance to join the Whistle Punks urban axe throwing league with the chance of more prizes.
On this occasion, he just got to enjoy the glory of this time.
With a bit of spare time at the end of the session we all got the chance to throw two axes – to which I can confirm is hard enough into one target, let alone two!
Great evening out
It isn’t every day that you get to go and chuck some axes about, especially in Manchester city centre. Things like that usually don’t end well. I am really pleased to be working with Buckt this year as it fits so well with my aim of doing some more new things this year and to get to know Manchester even better.
I’m already looking forward to getting back there and also seeing which activities we get in the next Buckt box! I can’t wait for the beginning of March!
Have you ever been axe throwing? Did you love it too?
Have you got any plans for different activities to do this year? Any suggestions of things we should try?
Pop them in the comments below!
Disclosure: I received the Buckt subscription box as a gift in return for doing and sharing about the activities. All comments, photos and opinions are honest and my own – unless otherwise stated.