Classic Paintball games are available for anyone in school year 7 and above but is not a kids game and is played by stag parties, hen parties and is used as a form of corporate entertainment. It is a game that can be enjoyed by all of the family.
Saturdays tend to be the busiest days of the week, so please book well in advance.
Classic Paintball is £10 per person for a 4hr session, starting at 12pm and finishing at 4pm. No paintballs are included, you just buy as many or as few as you like. They are £7.50 per 100 or £35 for 500.
We use state of the art, semi automatic paintball guns for classic paintball, they are very accurate and easy to use. Each paintball gun has a hopper attached, this is where the paintballs go during your game.
Paintball and the Environment
If you are worried about the environment, don’t be. The paintballs are bio degradable and disappear within a few days of being shot. We use compressed air to power the paintball guns, so we are actually carbon neutral. Classsic paintball has no negative environmental effect whatsoever.
How many paintballs will I need?
One question we do get asked a lot is, how many paintballs will I need to play classic paintball. Everyone is different, but as a rule of thumb, we recommend around 100 paintballs per hour of play. So, over a 4hr event, 400 paintballs would be ideal, 500 would be better though and we do sell paintballs in bags of 500.
Each player is given a camo coverall to protect their own clothing. We do recommend boots.
After each game of classic paintball, we come back into the base area for a quick drink before going out again for another battle.
Already played paintball and are wanting something a bit different. Have you seen our airsoft events, click here – Airsoft
We are long standing members of the United Kingdom Paintball Sports Federation. We wrote the UKPSF air policy and also were instrumental in developing the marshals training program. For more info on the UKPSF, please click – HERE
A bit more about paintball
Paintball was first played in May 1981 by 12 people in New Hampshire in the USA. There was a debate between two people, Hayes Noeal and Charles Gains as to whether a city dweller could compete against an outdoorsman in a simulated combat game using paint markers. These paint markers were used to mark cattle and trees originally.
On that very first game, a capture the flag game was played and was won without a shot even being fired. There is no record of who won that first game though, so we don’t know if city slickers or outdoorsmen won the debate. One of our Classic paintball games is played using two flags in a nod to that first ever paintball game.
Paintball is not just a recreation activity, there are now leagues and world championships where teams compete over a number of days, sometimes for large cash prizes. That doesn’t of course happen with classic paintball though, fun is the most important factor for us.
Does classic paintball hurt?
If you want the quick answer to the question, does paintball hurt, then the answer is no, not really. But if you want to know why they don’t hurt, then read on.
If you were to ask the question, will I get cold if I walk 5 miles at -1 degrees in just my underwear?, you probably already know the answer to the question. But what about if you asked the question, will I get cold if I walk 5 miles at -1 degrees. It’s the same question but with an additional paramater removed.
The answer to that question is, not if you wrap up warm, or wear the correct clothing.
So to go a bit deeper into the question, does paintball hurt?, the answer is not if you are wearing the correct clothing.
If you decide to play paintball in just your boxer shorts, and you get shot, then it’s probably going to raise an eyebrow, but if you are wearing sensible clothing and also wear a coverall, then no.
Convincing mum that classic paintball does not hurt.
But how would that convince an over protective mum that her little soldier isn’t going to come home black and blue. How do you convince her that paintball does not hurt, after all, when mum played paintball when she was at school in the late nineties or early naughties, she thought it hurt and came home bruised.
New paintball technology
You have to know some of the innovations that have come into paintball especially over the last few years.
Lets take the example of the Yorkshire Paintball Centre. Set up in 1988, YPC used standard .68 cal paintball guns as that is all that was available. Paintball didn’t hurt that much as long as players wore the correct clothing, but during the summer months when players wore less clothing, there was a real possibility of bruising and breaking of the skin. Welts as they became known.
In 2012, a smaller paintball became available and so did the guns that fired them. This became known as Paintball 2.0. The second generation of paintball and YPC were the first centre in the UK to completely convert to the new paintball format. Other good quality centres followed and paintball became “Family Friendly”. Unbelievably, there are still some paintball centres out there that use the old fashioned .68 cal paintballs.
So why is this paintball 2.0 so good?
Well, here is the great thing about Paintball 2.0 played at Centres like the Yorkshire Paintball Centre. Because the paintball is lighter, it hits with less energy. Imagine being hit with a table tennis ball at 100mph or a squash ball at 100mph.
Now for the science.
An old fashioned Paintball (.68 Cal) at 300 feet per second will hit you at 13 jouls of energy. Now that doesn’t mean anything until you compare it to the new format classic Paintball 2.0
A new Paintball 2.0 paintball (Smaller calibre) at 350 feet per second will hit you with 5 jouls of energy. They hit and give you a nip so you know you have been hit, but they do not leave you with bruising or welts. (A complete no brainer as to which you should play)
Now, for mums worried about their kids. There is a version of paintball called Junior Paintball, again played at the Yorkshire Paintball Centre. This uses spring powered pump action paintball shotguns using the new Paintball 2.0 paintballs.
They fire a paintball at around 120 feet per second with an impact of about 1.7 jouls of energy. Compare that to the 13 jouls of energy that mum or dad played when they were young and you will see how far paintball has come.
The simple answer to the question, does paintball or airsoft hurt? is no. Not if you are wearing the correct equipment and playing at a venue that uses the new Paintball 2.0.
Paintball is a very healthy passtime, played using teamwork and out in the fresh air. Players will learn new skills, the ability to work as a team. Maybe, just maybe, they will return home a little bit fitter than when they left home in the morning.