This is paintball at its most exciting: hours of fun and no one gets really hurt, just paint-splattered! It's the perfect day out for groups of friends, family or workmates looking for a challenge that's truly different. There’s even a kids’ version of paintballing too. With over 70 sites available the length and breadth of the UK including venues near London within the M25, Scotland, Ireland and Wales there's sure to be a convenient location nearby.
Paintball Experience FAQS...
If you think you’re brave enough to venture into the combat zone, paintballing is definitely for you. Can you take the pressure of being hunted or are you the hunter? It’s all about tactical gameplay when you’re paintballing, so if you’re ready to run around and prepared to get splattered with balls of paint, this is for you!
Who it’s not for
If the idea of getting dressed up and kitted out like you’re going into a warzone strikes fear and terror into your heart, maybe paintballing isn’t for you. It does involve a fair amount of running around too, so if that’s not your bag but you still want to shoot, maybe get on target with a clay pigeon experience instead?
This is one of the first questions nervous newbies ask! If you follow the rules and you wear all the kit given to you, paintballing is pretty safe. You’re more likely to wake up the next day with aching legs and arms from all the running around you’ve been doing!
What is the ‘surrender command’ all about?
Most operators use this. If you find yourself face to face with an opponent, you can shout surrender to not be fired at from close range. Equally the opponent should offer you the chance to surrender.
What are the paintballs actually made out of?
They are little capsules of water soluble dye that break on impact.
What should I wear to go paintballing?
Wear gear to run around in. Don’t worry too much about outdoor clothes as kit is provided for you, but do make sure you have good, sturdy shoes than that you don’t mind getting paint splattered.
What kit will I have?
Nearly all operators provide the full kit, that’s to say coveralls, body armour, helmets, goggles and gloves. And then, of course, you’ve got the paintball gun, gas canisters and your hopper.
What is the difference between a paintball marker and a paintball gun?
Nothing! It’s just some paintballers call them markers, others call them guns.
Do I have to wear the goggles?
Yes. This is what protects the face and eyes from being hit, which is the area most at risk from injury during paintball. Remember, a paintball travels at around 200ft per second!
How old do you have to be for paintballing?
For adult paintballing you’ll need to be at least 16 years old to take part. Under 18s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult who is also taking part.
Do you do a kids paintballing experience?
Yes we do! Many venues offer specific sessions just for kids between the ages of 10 and 16 years. There’s no room from grown ups, it’s all about the kids having some paintball fun.
Do paintballs hurt?
If a paintball hit your bare skin it would really sting. When you’ve got all the gear on you might not feel much at all, and if you do it’s a bit like having an elastic band pinged at you.
Do paintballs stain?
They do spread coloured dye (not actually paint) all around when they go splat, but it doesn’t stain, as you can wipe it off - and it washes out. It even washes off the trees and ground the next time it rains!
Where do I put my stuff whilst I’m paintballing?
Many venues provide lockers for you personal effects whilst you’re out in the wilds paintballing. We’d advise you to leave valuables at home.
Is all the paintball ammunition included?
This depends on each individual package. Some include a certain number of paintballs, with more available to buy locally. Others don’t include any and all ammo will need to be purchased on site. Please check each product page for full details and contact us by ‘phone, email or the online chat if you have any questions.
What’s the aim of the game?
To splat the enemy! Seriously though, some venues offer ‘free play’, whilst others have scenarios and tasks for you to work through. Some involve capturing flags, others task you to stand guard and not let the enemy take control of something like a forest fort or a ammunition store. All experiences are run as team sessions, with your team going head to head against the other team.
Are there any paintballing places in London?
London paintball fans are in luck! We have sites within the M25 (at Sidcup and Westerham for example) and at countryside areas in the Home Counties that are easy to get to from the capital, such as near Gatwick, South Nuffield and Waltham Abbey.
Can I go paintballing near me?
‘Is there paintballing near me’ you ask? There sure is! We have some of the best coverage of venues in the country and our nationwide vouchers are valid for loads of locations. Simply buy the voucher and decide where you’d like to go on booking your date. You could make a weekend of it, organise it for a hen or stag do, or get your work mates together for a local paintball session near you. Our current paintballing venues in the UK include: