Whether you’re in a relationship or not Valentines Day is a great time to do something with the person who means the most to you, be it your partner or your best friend because who doesn’t love showing someone how much they’re loved?! Before I was in a relationship all us single pringles would make sure that we spent Valentines Day together either going to see a movie or just hanging out and it was such a nice way to spend the day.
When it comes to making plans I would much prefer to do an activity and the more unusual and different the better, so here are two alternative ways to spend your Valentines Day.
Axe Throwing with Whistle Punks
Whistle Punks is nestled within an unassuming industrial estate in Vauxhall, home to Urban Axe Throwing. I’ve done archery, fired a crossbow and faced targets during shooting so axe throwing sounded like a great thing to try. Sessions last 1.5 hours and you can book on at either 5.45pm or 7.30pm during the week or across 4/5 times at the weekend.
Our session kicked off at 7.30pm on a Friday night so understandably they were fully booked but this didn’t mean that we felt rushed or like we didn’t get enough time. Once the safety briefing/ waivers were all done we headed to our lane ready to be taught both the single handed and double handed axe throw. I have to admit I really wasn’t very good, trying to use coordination and strength was a bit too much for me but the instructors did give me a good feedback. Luke came with me and was a natural (I think the beard has something to do with it).
Once everybody in our team had had two practice sessions it was time for the tournament where you get three games of five throws with the top four people moving onto the semi-finals. Over 15 throws I managed a whole one point (told you I was bad), but Luke smashed his way through the rounds, came top in the semi-finals and then won the whole thing so it seems he was a natural.
Despite the fact that I did badly it was such a fun event and it allowed us to have some friendly competition with each other and the strangers we met on the night. We had so much fun that we’re already planning our second trip to bring along some friends.
Formula 1 Simulation Racing at Lets Race
The Lets Race centre is located just outside of Gatwick Airport which in itself is probably the main disadvantage to the centre as I can imagine it gets pretty busy on the roads at times but we arrived with plenty of time on our session day. Let’s Race is the UK’s only full-motion Formula 1 simulation centre allowing you to get as close to driving a formula 1 car as most of us will get.
After our quick safety briefing where I promptly opted to drive my car in manual we were lead into the dark room where the 10 simulators are set up. Getting into the car was an experience as you’re practically laying down like in a real formula 1 car with three immersive screens around you showing your course view ahead of you. Unlike a normal driving game, you don’t get a course map showing so when we went round the Austrian Grand Prix Track we saw it like a real driver would. To give the feeling of the real car they in motion as you’d expect a car on the track to do, and when you crash you know about it which may have been why I drove my car pretty conservatively for a formula 1 car.
After a 15 minute qualifying round where I completed 3 laps compared to Luke’s 7 we had a quick break before the main race. Getting out of the car for me was actually the hardest part of the event and I have a bruise on my arm from pulling myself up. We were quickly back into the room for our main race and I did pretty well for the first half a lap where a few other drivers crashed early on but that’s where it ended, but I did better than the qualifier managing about five complete laps. As I guessed would happen Luke went and won with over 60 seconds between him and the person second.
On Valentines Day itself, the centre is running a Trials Night where you can race head-to-head with your partner to try and prove that us women are good drivers. It costs £59.98 for couples where you’ll get a beer or glass of champagne as you arrive and 40 minutes of driving time which is such a good price for the driving time.