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November 2018

Top 6 Christmas Presents for Axe Throwing Enthusiasts

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The Christmas Season has begun it’s inevitable approach, bringing with it cold weather, woolly jumpers and red noses.

It’s the time of year that you need to start thinking about what to buy for your loved ones to open on Christmas day.

At the speed with which Axe Throwing is growing in popularity, many axey people will be writing their Christmas lists hoping that the Big Man in red brings down their chimney a gift that amplifies their passion for axe throwing.

Here’s our top 6 Christmas presents that any Whistle Punk would love to find under their tree on Christmas Day.

A Peeled Mouse Custom Axe

Top 6 christmas presents for axe throwers

The list starts off with the most obvious gift for axe throwers. A beautiful custom axe from Peeled Mouse.

Stephen Hill at Peeled Mouse is an incredibly talented man, creating beautiful and bespoke axes.
We’d all get AXECITED about a Peeled Mouse Axe if we saw it poking out of our stocking on Christmas morning. It is definitely at the top of our Christmas list.

The Whistle Punks League Champions win a Peeled Mouse Custom Axe. We spend all day drooling over the Peeled Mouse axes in the venue waiting to be won.
Click the link below if you’re interested in checking out some of Stephen’s work on Facebook or Instagram.

Whistle Punks Gift Certificates

Give the gift of axe-throwing this Christmas.

What could be better than that?

We sell gift certificates in our venues and on our website. Whistle Punks Gift certificates range from £25 up to £58, so shout a loved one (or two) to come and hurl axes with Whistle Punks.
You can use a gift certificate to throw at any Whistle Punks venue on any day of the week. We have one in Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Grab a gift certificate here.

Whistle Punks Hoodie

top 6 christmas presents for axe throwers

Possessing a Whistle Punks Hoodie is a rite of passage for Whistle Punks instructors. These hoodies are only earned after completing a LOT of training.

Stay cosy and wear the Whistle Punks logo with pride in your new pull-over or zip-up versions of the hoodie.

Axe Throwers Mug

If a custom axe from Peeled Mouse, a Whistle Punks hoodie or an axe-throwing gift certificate isn’t enough to show your love for urban axe throwing, one of the fastest growing and most exciting urban sports, then why not say it with a mug?

Picture this. It’s a cold, winter morning and your fingers are clutching a steaming mug of coffee. This isn’t any old mug. This is a mug that shouts your passion to the world. It’s an axe-throwing mug.
Enjoy your hot drinks with the satisfaction that you’ll be broadcasting your love and passion for axe-throwing with every sip you take.

Small Axe Viking Game

During last years secret Santa, one of our staff specifically requested this from his secret gift giver. Despite it being a little over our £10 budget, we checked it out and we really REALLY want one.

It is axe throwing on a miniature desktop version. With a small cross-section of a tree trunk as a target, the game gives you tiny double-bit axes as ammunition. As long as your aim is true it is the best and most satisfying way to indulge in the sport of axe throwing (other than actual axe throwing, of course) when you’re desperate for your fix between our opening times.

Steel Toe Boots!

top 6 christmas presents for axe throwers

For those looking to enjoy the sport whilst staying safe at the same time (health and safety for the win) steel toe boots are an essential part of the axe-throwers ensemble.

There is a common misconception that to be an axe-thrower you need to wear plaid shirts and have a big, thick, bushy beard; yet the one thing that is always missing but most valid is a pair of steel-toed boots.

When you visit our venues, you’ll notice that all our instructors will be rocking their ‘steelies’. Safety comes first in the world of axe-throwing, so steel toe boots are a necessity when taking up the sport.

If you plan on gifting someone a Peeled Mouse Axe for Christmas, make sure they open a pair of steelies first, and then it’s much safer to give them the axe (just a friendly top tip from Whistle Punks).

Have a wonderful Christmas.

 

Written by Ben Cross

An Epic Festive Day Out

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It’s that time of the year, the festive period is upon us. The days are getting shorter and greyer. Your winter coat has made an appearance and Christmas ads are on TV.

For many people, Christmas can be a stressful time. Decorations, food and presents need to be bought, family is coming into town and work is becoming busier as everyone rushes to get everything finished before the Christmas break. You almost don’t have time to get into the Christmas Spirit.
It doesn’t have to be that way.

Take a day. Just one day and embrace the festive spirit. At Whistle Punks we think that life is not complete without a bit of fun and joy so follow our guide to the ultimate festive day out and we are sure that by the end of it you to will be looking forward to Christmas instead of dreading it.

Day Activities for your Festive Day

Start your festive day in the best way (we are very biased) with axe throwing, it’s not a classic festive tradition but it’s a great way to get pumped for a long day of food and festivities.
Find Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing in the following locations:

Christmas Market for a festive day

After you’ve built up a hunger throwing axes at targets and smashing bulls-eyes, it’s time to hit one of our favourite Christmas traditions. That, of course, is the humble Christmas market. Not only can you find unique and interesting Christmas gifts but the food and festivities do a great job of bringing on the Christmas Spirit.

Our top picks for Christmas markets are:

Christmas shopping is the worst but you need to do it and flowers and chocolates from a service station simply won’t cut it. Head to one of the main shopping streets and power through your Christmas shopping (we suggest a list).

Festive drinks

After a long afternoon of shopping, there is nothing better than finding a nice cosy bar to put up your aching feet and warm up with a hot chocolate or a mulled wine or two.

Our favourite festive watering holes are:

Evening Activities for your Festive Day

Christmas Lights for a festive day

The festivities don’t just stop as the sun sets. If anything the best part of Christmas comes after dark. Start off the evening with a proper Christmas dinner. Nothing beats roast potatoes, Brussel sprouts, roasted carrots, gravy and stuffing.

For a festive feast to beat the holiday hungries we suggest:

Another classic tradition is going to see the Christmas Lights. It’s cheaps (free) but it can be romantic, walking along the street, arm-in-arm/hand-in-hand, pointing out the pretty lights. Just remember to wrap up warm for your stroll to satisfy everyone’s undeniable magpie-like love for sparkly lights.

Be illuminated at these Christmas light hotspots:

  • Regent Street, Oxford Street and Carnaby Street in London
  • Albert Square in Manchester
  • Victoria Square in Birmingham

Finally, finish off the day at one of the many ice skating rinks around the country. Show off your skills or just glide around the rink at one of these wonderlands of ice:

After the Whistle Punks Festive Spirit Bootcamp if you still aren’t feeling the Christmas Spirit then you may be the Grinch or you may need another round of smashing bulls-eyes and becoming uncomfortably competitive at Whistle Punks.

Happy couple post festive day

Not sure if Axe Throwing at Christmas is right for you? Check out what one of our customers had to say about their Christmas Party at Whistle Punks here.

Christmas at Whistle Punks

We’ve got your Christmas party sorted!

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It’s that time of year again where we start to dread the announcement of the office Christmas party. For most, this means an awkwardly formal meal or a few drinks in the local boozer. Make sure this year is an axe-ception to the rule!

Now is the time to either take on the responsibility of organising the Christmas social or heavily influence the one with the company card to book your pre-game sharpener at Whistle Punks.

Why axe throwing?

Carl from The Store Room Manchester brought his team of 15 in for an afternoon of axe-throwing, friendly competition (which got a little heated) and some incredible trick-shots.
After their afternoon with us had finished, we received the feedback from Carl below, which is well worth a mention!

Axemas with Whistle Punks

‘We had a Fantastic time. No-one on the team had done this activity before so we were not quite sure what to expect. Once we got started and got the hang of the axe throwing technique, after some tips from your staff, everyone really enjoyed themselves and a good atmosphere was created.

We really enjoyed the session! We found it challenging but we liked that there was a competition and that it was not as easy as you might imagine! After the session, the feedback was that it had been fun, and it was good that you were able to spectate and watch your colleagues and cheer them on if you weren’t throwing.

Many said that they would like to have another go as they were just starting to get the hang of the technique! One of our team was even able to get himself onto the Wall of Fame for his points scoring!

Whether you’re looking for something Exclusive, looking to make it a Big Deal or even for your company to become High Rollers for the evening, we’ve absolutely got you covered.

 

Written by Ben Cross