I’ve always wanted to fire a gun (CSI style), but despite multiple google searches, it always seems to elude me, so when i heard that axe-throwing was a “thing” through multiple grapevines and recommendations, i decided that might be the way forward.
After getting off at Whitechapel tube and meandering through labyrinth of back streets, we came to what looked like a slightly intimidating disused warehouse, but as soon to be champion axe throwers, we plowed on regardless. Walking through some slightly eerie open spaces, we found the bright lights of Whistle Punks.
There was already quite a crowd of eager axe throwers gathered and ready for action when we arrived, but after giving our names, we were shown to our ‘lane’. There were five of us, so we shared our lane with another group, but that was no bad thing, it just added to a bit of friendly competition.
We were given a quick safety briefing, including the number one rule… never walk in front of someone about to throw an axe. This was followed by a demonstration by the instructors on throwing techniques, such as how to hold the axe, when and how to throw it.
Then it was our turn to step up to the plate, which in this case was a wooden walkway with a bulls-eye at the end of it. First we took it in turns to practice our throwing technique and get used to the weight of the axe, but once we were all comfortable, then it got serious. We were on to the tournament, where we were playing for points, one for an outer ring, three for the inner ring and five for a bulls-eye.
After multiple rounds, a lot of axe rebounds and potentially two that stayed on the board, i can say that i definitely won’t be giving up my day job anytime soon, but it was definitely an experience! At £29 per person for a 1.5hour session, it is a little pricey, but how often do you get to throw axes about in relative safety and without any repercussions?!?
Location: Play On Sports, 22-36 Raven Row, Whitechapel, E1 2EG
Opening hours: 18.00 – 21.30 Wednesday – Friday, 12.00 – 19.30 Saturday