Paintball in a forest on a Sunday morning? No thanks.
But it was for my children, mainly my eldest son’s 13th birthday; yes a teenager, I can’t hardly believe it! As they get older parties tend to fizzle out and it tends to become a sleepover, the movies or some sort of activity. This time we opted for paintball with Delta Force Paintball. “Oooh controversial” I can here some of you say, even some of my friends said “‘too violent” and “it’s guns” were some of the things that were said. My motto in life has always been don’t knock it until you try it, so we did.
As Mum’s of boys you’ve got to embrace your inner ‘wild thing’, it is so not my thing to run about in a forest being splatted with paint balls but it’s not his idea of a good time to have boozy gossipy lunch for hours with girlfriends, so you have to put your self in their shoes or as it happens on this occasion walking boots. Driving my son and four friends to the venue you could just feel the excitement and anticipation, building the tension even more was the long rough country road to get there!
Once we arrived the set up had me, the play zone themes are better than any big theme park I’ve been too and the fact there are many other groups of adults, teens and children there pretty much reassure the ‘worrying’ mother in me that it was all going to be OK. The staff take safety of all the guests seriously and the safety briefing of what was and was not allowed was clear and direct (3 metre distance to shoot at all times – no paintballs aimed at the head) turning down my worry-o-meter even more; after all I was looking after other people’s children too. Once kitted up, paintballs distributed and helmets adjusted and checked by the staff, off they went into the game zone, which is all fenced off and only gamers are allowed in. I sat on one of the benches with a coffee and a hot water bottle which are provided free of charge to parents sitting and waiting. There are several zones the each group takes turns in playing and just over 25 minutes later my son and his friends arrived back onto the holding area, red face, laughing their very sweaty heads off! Their verdict “totally awesome” It’s so more boys own famous five fun than scary shoot em up. Inside each game zone each theme had various abandoned double deckers buses, taxis, barrels, piles wood hides outs walls, black taxis, castle made out of wood. It was safe, it was fun and in was interesting. Most of all it was active, new and required skill. The boys had a great time with each other and learned some teamwork skills along the way. Punctuated by pizza at lunchtime (you can take you own food and drink or pre-order pizza) a full, full on day of paintball was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
My youngest wanted to get in on the act, but I wondered is 8 was too young, not at all I was reassured by the staff. Even for an 8 year old, who do half a day, fully kitted out with overalls and goggles and helmet which are checked before they enter the games zone. For the little ones, they get ready filled paintball shooters, so they don’t have to fiddle about filling up. Completely separate game zone for 8 year old with no other adults. With nine friends all raring to go off they went and again came back laughing and joking about who got splaatted on the bottom!
professional and helpful staff, who know what they are doing and still as popular as ever with up to 400 people every weekend and lots of corporate stuff in the week.
There are several sites throughout the UK but this one my boys definitely want to visit again and next time I’m going to joine them!
8 year of said “When I ran round the back of the wood pile my friend Sam was there waiting for me and he splatted my right leg, he laughed so much he fell over backwards and I splatted him back!”
13 year old said “We split into two teams and decided to use the double decker bus as our base, we snook up of the other team who were talking too much and not keeping a look out. They shrieked when we surrounded them and splatted them from every angle!”
For more information about parties for 8 years and up please visit http://www.paintballgames.co.uk/ – why Delta Force
01. Best value paintball prices
02. Movie-set quality game zones
03. Full head protection goggles
04. Body armour
05. State-of-the-art paintball guns
06. Five star rating by the UKPBA
07. Full Public Liability Insurance
08. The celebrities’ choice
09. First class safety record
10. Trusted by more than 500,000 players each year