As the days get shorter and the temperature gets colder, what better way to keep warm than to throw axes at large planks of wood with wild abandon. Whistle Punks have been bringing axe throwing to Manchester’s Great Northern since February 2017. Having started in London the popularity of the pastime has allowed them to bring their axe wielding up north. According to their previous guests, the satisfaction of hitting the bullseye with a freshly launched axe is mildly addictive. You’ll find yourself quickly getting wrapped up in the technicalities of your throw in an effort to ‘cut the paint’. Your standing distance, height and the rotation of the axe as it glides through the air could make the difference between a good axe and an embarrassing fail. Whistle Punks have taken the well established pastime of pub sports such as darts or pool and taken it to the extreme.
You can take your friends and compete against each other or watch as they realise that axe throwing isn’t as easy as it looks. In this era of ‘competitive socialising’, it’s the perfect way to start a quirkier night out. Alternatively, there is a Monday night league for those people who want to throw axes on a weekly basis. This league runs in six week cycles, with the finals on the last of the six weeks. It’s a chance to refine your technique while making friends and competing.
There is no need to be super strong or have any previous experience, all are welcome at Whistle Punks, providing that you are over 18. Axe throwing may be your new favourite way to let off steam and indulge in some catharsis this Halloween. Be sure to book in advance though as the 4 lanes fill up fast.