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Frequently Asked Questions.

What is Paintball?

Paintball is a fun activity, in which players compete, in teams or individually, to eliminate opponents by hitting them with pellets containing paint (referred to as a paintball) from a special gun called a paintball marker. Depending on the venue, games are played on either indoor or outdoor fields of varying size. A game field is scattered with natural or artificial terrain, which players use for strategic play.

Rules for playing paintball vary, but can include capture the flag, elimination, defending or attacking a particular point or area, or capturing objects of interest hidden in the playing area.

Paintball is currently one of the fastest growing sports in Europe. Every month thousands of new players try out the most exciting pastime available. Most first time players attend a corporate event day, stag party, birthday party or just get together with a group of friends: Many are "bitten by the bug" and return on a regular basis.

Some groups of friends arrange themselves into regular teams who play tournaments or organised scenario days.

Does it hurt and is it dangerous?

Most people would compare the average hit from a paintball to a firm flick on the skin. Wearing baggy clothes and using the correct safety gear absorbs the impact of most hits and adrenaline takes care of the rest.

Paintballing is an incredibly safe activity. There is no physical contact and the industry is very well self-regulated to ensure an impecable safety record. As long as you arrange to play at an established, professional venue, you will be fine.

On arrival at a venue, you will be issued with a safety mask specifically designed for paintball, coveralls to protect your clothes and other safety items. A comprehensive safety talk will be given at the start of the day before any player is allowed to get hold hold of their paintgun or start playing.

How much does it cost?

A basic entry charge will include all safety equipment, coveralls, the hire of a paintgun, and supervised paintball games throughout the day. This is usually no more than 15.

Paintballs have to be paid for too and are usually sold in quanitities of 100. You can expect to pay between 5-8 for 100 paintballs. Discounts are sometimes offered when buying paintballs in bulk.

Most venues offer packages which include entry, hire of equipment and a quantity of paintballs. These packages are often the best value and offer a good way to budget your paintballing day out.

How long does it last?

Packages can be arranged to last from 3 hours to a full day and during the summer months paintball can be played in the evening.

During this time, you will play several games of paintball, each lasting approximately 10-20 minutes. You get a chance to rest, chat and clean up in between games.

How old do I need to be to play?

The age limit varies slightly from venue to venue, depending on the details of Public Liability Insurances. Most venues have a minimum age of 12 years old. We recommend you check with the venue before confirming a booking or purchasing tickets.

What do I need to take with me?

In practical terms you will need a change of clothing incase you decide to crawl in the mud or if it rains, and sensible footwear. High heels and flip flops are not conducive to charging around the woods. If possible, wear footwear with ankle support (such as walking boots), but if not, old trainers will do the job.

But the most important thing to bring with you is sense of humour and a willingness to get stuck in and possibly make a fool of yourself.

How do I arrange a paintballing day out?

The first thing to do is read through information provided and choose a venue you like the look of. It is then down to phoning or emailing for help and advice and to find out what you get for your money. You will be asked to send a deposit and estimate the number of people you will be taking. Then it's just a case of turning up on the specified day to experience the ultimate adrenalin rush.

Alternatively, you can buy pre-paid tickets or vouchers and use these to book in to a venue at a later date. Please make sure you read any small print when buying vouchers, as not all Ticket Agencies are as honest and up-front about actual costs as others. If the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is!

To buy tickets in confidence, visit our page on Buying Paintball Vouchers or to browse through a list of the different venues available in the South West, take a looks at our Paintball Venues pages.