Paintball centre opens in town
PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 May 2011
DODGING paint bullets, crouching in bunkers and racing to grab the flag – hundreds of people are expected to flock to Weston’s first paintball centre opened this week.
The two-storey indoor paintball arena in Oldmixon Crescent is the ‘perfect business expansion’ for bosses at the neighbouring Premier Raceway karting company.
Kitted with barracks, jeeps and bunkers, the two-storey 10,000sqm facility opened this week, just three months after work began to build it.
Unlike other outdoor paintball centres, players will be able to turn up for one or more games by themselves or in large groups of people.
Premier Raceway manager Mark Kellow told the Mercury: “I’m delighted to open the indoor paintballing arena – this is a great addition to the list of attractions in Weston.
“I think the centre will be a big hit, providing another great place for work and stag parties as well as people just wanting to go for a bit of fun.
“There is nothing like this for miles, and we’re proud to offer something a little bit different for the town.”
Mr Kellow said there were plans to further expand the centre by adding a laser quest facility and café in the open warehouse by the end of the year.
As well as benefiting the list of attractions in the town, the new centre is set to result in the employment of five new staff members.
Its opening comes after North Somerset Council granted planning permission for the change of use of the building in March.
Paintballing is often played between two teams of players whose objective it is to capture the opposing side’s base.
Guns are used to shoot people with balls of paint and eliminate them from the game.
Laser quest uses electronic sensors to identify player hits and the games are played out in the dark.