12 new locations to experience Combat Archery!

Here at The Activity People, we’re in love with combat archery. We couldn’t be happier to announce that we have not one, not two, not even three, but a whopping 12 brand spanking new combat archery sites that have just joined our network. Our map of exciting locations has grown to include sites all over the UK; Liverpool, Derby, Leicester, Wolverhampton, Stoke, Chester, Birmingham, Coventry, Nottingham, Leatherhead, Seaford and Brighton are all home to first class battlefields that are now part of our prestigious team.

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If you don’t know about combat archery, now is the perfect time for you to join in the fun. It is the only extreme sport that is suitable for all ages, as you armed with specially designed bow and arrows, before being sent on a battlefield with the only aim of the game to avoid being hit. The last player standing wins in this dodgeball style challenge, so even though our arrows couldn’t hurt a fly, you should still avoid being hit by one with all your life!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never even picked up a bow and arrow before. Once you’ve tried this addictive sport, you’ll definitely want to return and experience it all over again. With a plethora of brand new sites located all over the country, you now have no excuse not to come on down and join us. This is the perfect sport for any occasion, so if you’re wanting a cracking corporate event, brilliant birthday party or an unforgettable stag/hen do, you’d be a fool to not make combat archery a part of your day!

Introducing Combat Archery London, Waterloo

We’re excited to announce the latest addition to The Activity People network is Combat Archery London, Waterloo.

160423 Battle Bows first game-1254Located right in the heart of central London our Waterloo combat archery venue is the perfect place to experience the rush of this crazy combat sport. With a tailor-made arena to battle it out in, as well as all the latest equipment there’s nowhere better to kit up and battle it out to be the last player standing.

Specially designed outdoor arenas are packed with a whole host of inflatable bunkers and barricades to to take cover behind and plan your next attack, and once arrows start flying they come in very handy!

So if you’re aged 12+ and looking for the fun of dodgeball and archery all in one game why not give combat archery a go at our London, Waterloo venue.

 

 

Can You Stop the Zombie Invasion?

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Halloween is almost upon us and an undead invasion is sweeping the country, airsoft and paintball sites across the country have been overrun by hoards of flesh eating zombies and it’s time to fight back! So if you’re too old for trick or treating or just want to kick some zombie butt, there’s no better way to celebrate the spookiest day of the year.

Survival is key, and it’s not as simple as you might imagine. Not only will you have to fight off the infected, you’ll also have to franticly search the game zones for ammunition, tools and medicine. You’ll also have have to storm and secure buildings eliminating any zombies that try and get in your way. Nowhere is safe and you can quickly find yourself outnumbered so it’s essential you work well as a team if you’re going to survive the night.

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Zombies aren’t just roaming the countryside, they’re making their way into towns and cities too – they’ve even taken control of an abandoned shopping centre! Almost nowhere is free from the infected and indoor airsoft sites are just as badly affected as outdoor arenas. You’ll receive detailed instructions on how to take down your undead enemy as well as some tips on how to survive the attack, but after that you’re on your own.

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It’s only a matter of time before the zombies are banished to their graves for another year so make the most of these awesome events and put your survival skills to the ultimate test before it’s too late. We guarantee you’re in for Halloween you’ll never forget!

Paintball V Airsoft

Question: Are Airsoft and Paintball the Same Thing?
The simple answer is no.
Paintball is a sport that consists of opposing players shooting gelatin-filled capsules at each other that break open upon impact and mark the opposing player.Airsoft is a sport that consists of opposing players shooting small, plastic pellets at each other which do not break upon impact and do not mark the opposing player.
Paintball and Airsoft are both variations on the classic game of tag, but they require different equipment. A paintball gun cannot be used to shoot airsoft pellets and an airsoft gun cannot be used to shoot paintballs. See guns below – very different.
Paintball and Airsoft are played on the same type of fields and arenas and require the same level of tactical play and teamwork.
We can offer you both Airsoft and Paintball here at the activity people.
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Plan to Be Active for World Health Day

On 7 April, people all over the globe celebrate World Health Day, but if puffed rice cakes have taught us anything, it’s that healthy doesn’t always equal fun.

But there are plenty of ways to have a blast while burning that unwanted bulk.  That’s why The Activity People have put our heads together to produce a list of activities guaranteed to make both you and your ticker exceedingly happy.

1. Combat Sports

You don’t have to fighting fit to play paintball, airsoft or laser combat. They’re fun sports that are accessible to the majority of people. But the best thing about combat sports is you’ll be getting a nice little workout without even realising it. While you’re busy playing soldier and dodging enemy fire, you’ll benefit from a great cardio workout. Plus with so much emphasis on planning and strategy you’ll be training your brain too.

2. Water Sports

For full body fitness mixed with pure exhilaration our range of water sports experiences are hard to beat. Choose from surfing, wakeboarding, wind surfing and many more. Water sports promote balance, skill and general fitness. You’re guaranteed to have a blast and flex those muscles (not least when climbing back on the board every time you fall off).

3. Climbing Sports


Like water sports, climbing will work all of your major muscle groups as well as some you might not have known were there. The Activity People offers indoor, outdoor and high rope climbing experiences all over the UK. Whether testing yourself against a purpose built climbing wall or a rocky cliff face overlooking spectacular views of the country, you’ll be flexing body and mind as you navigate your way to the peak.

These are just a few of the awesome activities you could get stuck into with the UK’s number 1 activity provider. For a list of all of the sports we offer and facilities nationwide which offer them, just visit our official site.

Adrenalin Activity Passport

Why give someone one adrenalin-fuelled activity gift experience, when you can give the THE LOT!.

Yes, new from the UK’s biggest Activity network, comes the Activity Passport This clever little gift gives the lucky recipient access to 882 activity locations in the UK – yep 882!

So, which one of your friends or family will wake up to the best gift ever on their birthday of Christmas morning. You choose – but make sure you get it right – click here

The company has been around for 15 years and is the chosen activity provider for Visit Britain, Go Outdoors and many of the companies that provide activities under their own brand. So go direct and buy into the best adrenalin activity gift voucher experience in the UK.

Activity Passport – the gateway to activity heaven

Pancake Day

Another year, another day of failed flips, batty ingredients and lovely sugary silliness.

That’s right, it’s Pancake Day people.

It’s the time that we hurriedly whip up these brilliantly simple little treats, then stuff our faces with them until we’re ready to hang up the pancake mix for another calender year.

The Activity People will be frenziedly frying up plenty of the globular goodies, because all of the awesome adrenaline and adventure sports actions makes us pretty hungry. But we don’t want you guys to miss out on all the fun, so here’s a selection of recipes for perfect pancakes. There’s something for everybody here.

Enjoy! And try not to make a mess.

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Classic Pancakes

1 1/4 cups all-purpose white flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Preheat pancake griddle to medium heat, or about 320 degrees.

Whisk together dry ingredients in medium bowl.

Whisk together liquid ingredients in another bowl.

Whisk liquid into dry, just till combined.

Pour batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto griddle. Let cook till bubbles appear, then flip and cook a minute or two longer, until golden.

Pineapple Upside-Down Pancakes

Drain can of pineapple rings, reserving some of the liquid to replace liquid in your pancake recipe. Set a pineapple ring on the heated griddle. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of the ring, then ladle about 1/4 cup of pancake batter on the fruit and cook as directed.

Almond Pancakes

Substitute 1 teaspoon almond extract for vanilla.

Banana Nutmeg Pancakes

Stir in 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg with dry ingredients. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional). Once the pancake batter is poured onto the griddle, drop on small sliced pieces of banana and continue cooking as usual.

Blueberry Pancakes

Gently stir about 1 cup of frozen blueberries into the batter.

Choc Chip Pancakes

Simply sprinkle mini chocolate chips on the uncooked side of each pancake; continue cooking as usual.

Corn Pancakes

Substitute 1/2 cup cornmeal for flour. Stir in a cup of frozen corn kernels into batter. Add some chili powder and drained, chopped green chilies.

Eggnog Pancakes

Substitute eggnog for the milk, and add a dash of ground nutmeg to dry ingredients.

Gingerbread Pancakes

Stir following spices into dry ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves. Substitute 4 tablespoons of molasses for the sugar in your usual recipe, but be sure to add it to the wet ingredients.

Ginger Pancakes

Stir 1 teaspoon dry ginger into dry ingredients. Sprinkle finely chopped crystallized ginger over uncooked side of each pancake and continue cooking as usual.

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

Stir 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest and 2 teaspoons poppy seeds into dry ingredients. Can also substitute 1/4 cup lemon juice for some of the liquid in the recipe.

Orange Cardamom Pancakes

Stir 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest and 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom into dry ingredients. Can also substitute 1/4 cup orange juice for some of the liquid in the recipe.

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup milk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat a non-stick griddle to medium heat.

Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

In a small bowl, microwave the buttermilk and milk to room temperature, about 20 seconds. Whisk in egg, butter, and vanilla. Add wet mixture to dry and whisk just until combined. (If batter becomes too thick, stir in a tablespoon or two of milk or water.)

Pour batter by about 1/3 cup-fulls onto heated griddle. Cook 2-3 minutes, until bottoms are golden and tops begin bubbling. Flip pancakes and cook about one more minute, till golden.

Blueberry Sour Cream Pancakes

2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup fresh OR frozen blueberries
Note: If using frozen blueberries, do not thaw before adding to the batter.

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix the eggs, milk, sour cream, and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just till moistened. Fold in the blueberries gently.

Pour batter by 1/3 cupful onto a prepared griddle. Turn when bubbles appear. Cook till golden brown. Serve with Blueberry Sauce (see recipe below).

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Pancakes

1 1/4 rolled oats

1 1/2 cups wheat flour
1 cup flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

In large mixing bowl, whisk together the first five ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together egg, brown sugar, oil, milk, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and mix just till combined.

Pour by 1/3 cupfuls onto heated griddle. Turn when bubbles form and cook about 1 minute longer.

Granola Pancakes

1 1/3 cup prepared granola

1 cup flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon honey
2 cups sour cream OR plain or fruit yogurt of choice
2 eggs
1/4 cup cooking oil

Mix the first eight ingredients in a bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients in another bowl. Combine the wet and dry and mix just till moistened. Batter will be lumpy.

Drop batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto a preheated griddle. Let cook about a minute or two, till bubbles start to pop on the pancake surface. Flip and cook about one more minute.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

1 cup flour

1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Combine the first four ingredients in a small bowl. In another bowl, mix together the remaining four ingredients. Blend into dry ingredients just till combined.

Drop batter by 2 tablespoonfuls onto a prepared griddle. Cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side till golden brown.

Rolled Lemon Swedish Pancakes

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided

2 tablespoons finely grated lemon peel
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoons salt
8 eggs
3 cups milk
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
whipped cream, for serving with

In a small bowl, mix the 1/2 cup sugar with the lemon peel; set aside.

In a bowl, combine flour, salt and remaining sugar. Beat eggs, milk and butter; mix well with dry ingredients. Pour batter by 1/2 cupfuls onto a prepared, hot griddle. Cook until set and golden brown. Turn and cook 1 minute more.

Immediately sprinkle each pancake with lemon sugar, then roll the pancakes up and keep them warm. Serve topped with whipped cream.

Bran Pancakes, or “BranCakes”

1 cup flour

1/2 cup wheat flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
2 cups milk
(1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel, opt.)
1 cup bran cereal (such as All-Bran)

Stir together the first five ingredients in a bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat egg till foamy. Stir in orange peel and bran cereal. Let stand 2 minutes, to soften.

Add dry ingredients to cereal mixture and stir just till moistened.

Cook pancakes on a prepared skillet, turning once to brown both sides. Serve warm.

Cheesy Baked Puff Pancakes

6 eggs

1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
3/4 cup shredded cheddar or cheese of choice

Beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Add milk, flour, and salt. Stir till smooth. Pour melted butter into a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Pour the batter into the pan.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes or till a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Sprinkle with cheese and serve!

Spinach Potato Pancakes

1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

2 cups shredded zucchini
1 medium potato, peeled and shredded
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/3 teaspoon nutmeg
1 egg, beaten

In a bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Stir in egg and mix well.

Drop batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a hot, greased griddle. Flatten with the back of a spatula, to form patties. Fry until golden brown. Flip and cook till second side is browned. Drain on paper towels.

Gluten-Free Pancakes

1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 cup rice flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Preheat pancake griddle to medium heat, or about 320 degrees.

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

Whisk together the liquid ingredients in another bowl.

Whisk liquid into dry, just till combined.

Pour batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto griddle. Let cook till bubbles appear, then flip and cook a minute or two longer, until golden.

Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/4 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup sour soy or rice milk
(simply add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to the “milk” and let it sit a few minutes)
3 teaspoons of dry egg replacer beaten with 4 tablespoons warm water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the first five ingredients in a bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients in another bowl. Combine the wet and dry and mix just till moistened. Some lumps in the batter are okay.

Drop batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto a preheated griddle. Let cook about two minutes, till bubbles start to pop on the pancake surface. Flip and cook about one more minute.

Allergen-Free Vegan Pancakes

1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 cup rice flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
(3/4 teaspoon nutmeg, opt.)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 cup rice milk
2 teaspoons egg-replacer, beaten with 4 tablespoons warm water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon vinegar

Mix the first five ingredients in a bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients in another bowl. Combine the wet and dry and mix just till moistened. Some lumps in the batter are okay.

Drop batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto a preheated griddle. Let cook about two minutes, till bubbles start to pop on the pancake surface. Flip and cook about one more minute.

For even more pancake ideas, pancake tricks, pancake facts and even pancake merch, head over to pancakelovers.com

For a selection of adventure sports, perfect for post-pancake health and fitness, visit theactivitypeople.co.uk

What is Airsoft?

Airsoft is as close as you’ll get the intensity and drama of warfare, without packing your bags and joining the army. It’s also more than a little bit safer. So let The Activity People put together the perfect trigger-pumping campaign, at one of our premier venues.

Developed in Japan, as an alternative to Paintball, Airsoft is the evolution of team combat sports, fusing ultra-realism with enough adrenaline pumping action to put any videogame or movie to shame.

Like its paint-splattering cousin, competitors are divided into two teams and then compete in a variety of combat games. These games range from authentic military simulations composed of diverse and challenging mission objectives, to light hearted, free-shooting encounters designed for fast paced fun and plenty of close quarters combat with your mates.

During these heart-pounding skirmishes, the ammo that’s whizzing across the warzone will consist of small plastic pellets, 6-8mm in diameter and weighing a mere 0.2g. This is significantly lighter than a paintball, meaning less force is required to propel the bullet. This in turn means that they don’t hurt, and no lasting damage will occur.

Players may feel a brief stinging sensation immediately upon taking a hit, but this feeling will quickly disappear. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same about the damage to your pride as you mope back to the safe zone for the remainder of the current game.

Another benefit of this ammo’s dimensions is the price. These pellets which are smaller, lighter and cheaper to make than paintballs are available in twice the quantity at half the price from the vast majority of centres.

Of course, ammo’s no good without a weapon to blast it from and these games excel for their weaponry. Book an exciting Airsoft experience and you’ll be armed with an identical, fully-automatic, working replica of a firearm used in real combat situations around the globe, not to mention your favourite Hollywood blockbusters.

An Airsoft arsenal includes M4, M16 and AK47 assault rifles, to name just a few, and these glorified BB guns mimic their real life contemporaries in appearance, weight and even operation. Unleash that inner action-man as you dive for cover, pull a spent magazine from your gun and smack another one into place before leaping back into the firing line and spewing bullets at the marauding enemy gunslingers.

Gun hire, ammo, protective mask and overalls will be provided at no extra cost. But it doesn’t stop there. Depending on the venue, players can also hire sniper rifles, silenced handguns and more. They can purchase grenades and pyrotechnics so long as they’re 18 or over. Some parks even run mission scenarios which involve gun turrets, heavy artillery and RPG’s.

Airsoft is your chance to leap out of your living room and directly into the scenarios that unfold in games like Call Of Duty and Medal Of Honour.  What’s more, apart from a sturdy pair of shoes, we’ll take care of everything you’ll need to take part.

There are venues hosting awesome Airsoft battles all around the UK, and each offers its own gaming style and level of authenticity. If you’re planning a stag do or day of general mayhem with your mates you might want a battleground which throws up lots of frantic action and chances to really go ballistic, while businesses may prefer authentic and tactical play in order to promote teamwork and strategy. Corporate and team building events are also enhanced at many facilities, by a range of conferencing, catering and hospitality options.

Visit www.theactivitypeople.co.uk to find information on all of our Airsoft providers around the UK, or give us a call on 0844 745 5005 and let a member of our helpful team find the perfect site and event for you. We’re happy to do the leg work so you can concentrate on your trigger finger.