AN AXE-THROWING range is opening in Brighton this month on the site of the former Pizza Hut restaurant.  

Hatchet Harry’s is bringing its unusual leisure activity to the city on June 25, having recently secured its new premises in Dyke Road.

The business has opened seven other venues across the UK since launching in 2019.

Axe throwing involves throwing real hand axes at wooden targets under supervised conditions, and is a traditional Canadian pastime originally invented by lumberjacks.

The owners of Hatchet Harry’s also hope to bring their other business, Harry’s Handcrafted Doughnuts, to their new venue in Brighton in the near future.

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Jack Beadle, who runs the company with partner Richard Bridge, said: “We’ve had our eyes on premises in Brighton for a long time now, and negotiations have been going on behind the scenes for the old Pizza Hut building for a good while.

“We’re absolutely delighted to finally announce our plans, and we’re certain that the people of Brighton will love the experience of this ‘cutting-edge’ leisure activity. 

“It’s really great fun – and also not nearly as easy as our instructors make it look.”

Jack said that the Hatchet Harry’s brand of axe throwing was enjoyed by the young and old alike, and was especially popular among stag and hen-do’s, birthday parties and couples on a date night.

The Argus: Connor Keegan, manager of Hatchet Harry's in NewcastleConnor Keegan, manager of Hatchet Harry's in Newcastle

He added: “One of the surprising things about axe throwing is that burly young men, who may arrive at the venue feeling quite confident, can often find themselves out-thrown by women – or men - of half their size. They soon discover that technique is more important than brute force.” 

The new venue in Brighton can cater for groups of between two and 66 people for 90-minute axe-throwing sessions. All venues also host a ‘Club Night’ each Monday where regulars and more experienced axe-throwers can enjoy unsupervised sessions.

During Covid, the owners came up with the idea of selling doughnuts online. 

Harry’s Handcrafted Doughnuts, which opened its first high street store in Darlington this year, saw immediate sell-out success and plans to open other stores across the UK.

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