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RECOMMENDATION: Axe Throwing in Yorkshire & the Lake District

By Victoria Turner– 6th September 2020

Girl About is packed full of amazing and quirky experiences and this blog post is no different. Through our ‘Brands, We Love’ I booked Axe Throwing – yep! That Viking sport perfect for a Saturday afternoon with friends.

Harrogate isn’t short on amazing attractions and places to visit but we wanted to do something a little different that none of us have done before. The thrill of Axe Throwing was just too much and we booked an hour session for £30pp.

The activity is based at Ripley Castle as part of Live For Today which offers activities such as quad biking, Segways, escape rooms and so much more both here in Yorkshire and in the Lake District. Ripley is a quaint instagramable village on the outskirts of Harrogate and home to Ripely Castle and the world-famous, Ripley Ice Cream. The Live For Today office is in the courtyard of Ripley Castle which also offers a small tea room, gift shops and facilities should you need them.  Upon arrival, there is a bit of paperwork to fill in before we were off into the ancient woodland on the Ripley Castle Estate to throw some metal into some wood!

Over the hour we learnt how to throw the axe in various ways each time ending in a competition of who can score the most points before moving onto the next type of throw. By the end there was a clear leader! Our friend Will had mastered the axe and myself, Niki and Will’s fiancé Jayne had not. The points stood at 70 something to our mean 10 or 20 points. But it was all to play for as it was sudden death as our instructor added two playing cards to the board – one of which was a joker. Now at this point I was lucky if I even hit the board let alone hit a playing card and avoid the joker, but it was so much fun trying and the hour whizzed by.

Having already done an escape room at Live For Today, I absolutely recommend axe throwing for a great day out and I’m itching to try the archery and outdoors escape activity ‘Defuse the Bomb!’

Have you tried axe throwing?

For more information visit Uniquely Local website here.


Victoria x


This is a Girl About recommendation. This means that it was not gifted in return for a review but paid in full by our writer and the venue had no idea that I was there. We only recommend places we absolutely love, and places that we know you’ll love too!

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