This page includes our most popular regularly asked questions. Answers will vary slightly from venue to venue. If you have a question that isn't answered here, contact your chosen venue directly from their profile page.
A day at Skirmish normally begins at 09:30 (Please check with your chosen venue) where you will first meet our trained staff and begin the important registration and sign in process*, after which you will be kitted out with the majority of your kit to help you through the day, including a set of camouflage overalls, goggles, and battle pack. Body armour is also available on request. Don’t worry that you haven’t got the guns yet – they come later!
*If you want to save time at this point of the day, our disclaimers are normally available to download from your chosen venue, allowing you to fill out your details at your own leisure and just turn up on the day with no paperwork to fill out!!
After this you will be introduced to your marshals, and be told who you will be playing with, and given a comprehensive safety briefing by one of your marshals, detailing all the site rules and regulations, explaining how the guns work and also to answer any questions you may have about your day.
Your marshals will then lead you out to your first set of games, and will stay with you throughout your day at Skirmish to ensure that not only are games played the way they are meant to be, but also to ensure that all players are as safe as possible at all times. Your safety is our highest priority at Skirmish and so if you have any doubts or feel unsafe in any way please don’t hesitate to speak to your marshals who will be happy to help in any way they can.
After a morning of action packed games, we will break for lunch around 12:30 if you have pre ordered food it will be ready for you. This time is your own to relax and have a chat about the morning’s games and prepare for the rest of your day.
After you have had your lunch break your assigned marshals will take you back out onto the fields, where you will have the opportunity to play new games in different fields and continue battle with the other side! Once you have played your afternoon’s games you will return to the safe zone and de-kit, at which point you are free to leave – hopefully having had a fantastic day with your friends and having shot the other team more than they shot you!
Like any other activity sport, there is always a risk. However if you observe all the safety regulations & follow all the Marshals' instructions then the worst that will happen will be a few bruises to show off the next day.
The short answer is: Yes it can sting! depending on the distance from which you are shot. Fortunately, it isn't as bad as one thinks, and our Marshalls will do their best to make sure players arent in combat with each other at a range less than 10 feet. The easy answer is try not to get shot.
This will vary depending on your chosen venue. The average arrival time for a full days play is 09:30 am please make sure that you arrive at the starting time promptly to avoid delay for yourselves, and other players. A Half Days play arrival time is normally 09:30 am for a AM session or 13:00 pm for a PM session please make sure that you arrive prompt. All times are approximate and will be different for each venue, and can also be changed to suit your groups requirements.
Players should wear comfortable clothing for the weather conditions, jogging bottoms, a long sleeved t-shirt/jumper and a pair of boots or old trainers. Gloves are available to buy or rent at the centre, or you can bring your own thin pair. You may also want to bring some money for purchasing additional paintballs drinks & snacks.
The paint inside our paintballs is biodegradable, and will wash out, but we recommend you use our camoflage overalls for extra protection for your clothes.
Yes. As with any activity sport there are a number of safety rules, all of which will be explained to you in the Safety Briefing at the beginning of your days play.
Just like you can’t take your own food to a restaurant, you cannot bring your own paintballs to the centre. You can only use paintballs issued by Skirmish on the day of your event. If any person is found using non Skirmish issued paintball they will be asked to leave.
There is no way of knowing how many paintballs any individual will use, as it depends on how trigger-happy you are. It is entirely up to each person how much they want to spend. A rough average for a half day is 300/400 and a full day around 600/700 per person. If you're unsure how many to go for, why not take a look at your venues recommended packages - they're specially designed for every price range. You can also purchase paintballs throughout the day, during the breaks between games.
Parents need to know about the nature of the activity and decide for themselves whether their particular child is hardy, and mature enough to participate in this type of activity. Paintball is not an overly strenuous activity but is played in a wooded environment using paintball guns that fire paintballs that can bruise or break the skin. All of our games are supervised and all safety equipment is provided free of charge.
Some of our venues allow Paintball to be played from age 8 upwards, however you will need to check with your chosen venue to find out what ages they will accept. You need to be basically fit and willing to have a good day out. (Please Note: Players that are under 17 year old require parental / guardian consent).
Food and Drink will be available at all of our venues, but the extent of the variety available with differ depending on your chosen venue. Please contact your chosen venue directly to ask about food and drink options.
Alcohol and Drugs are strictly forbidden on site. Any players who have been drinking, or are under the influence of drugs will be excluded from the games and asked to leave.
All players are required to complete a registration form before they begin play. Players under 16 years must have their form signed by an adult. Adult players can complete registration forms on arrival at the paintball centre, but we suggest you can complete them in advance to speed up your check in time. You can do this by downloading the forms from your chosen venues page, printing them and bringing them in on the day.
There is no minimum or maximum requirement; any numbers are fine, we do however require a minimum of 8 players for a mid week game however this is also package dependant, and may be different at some of our venues. Please contact your chosen venue directly to confirm.
At Skirmish Paintball we will always try to keep groups playing with a similiar age range, however this is not always possible on some game days where the number of adults greatly outweighs the number of juniors and vice versa, and there are not enough of the minority to have their own game.
You can make your booking now for the players that you have confirmed. You can then add additional players onto your booking up until a few days before your event, provided we still have available space.
To avoid getting lost we suggest you make sure all drivers in your group print the directions from the website and have them to hand. Directions are available by entering your postcode into the directions form on your chosen venues page. Directions are for guidance only, we recommend using a road map for more in depth directions. If you do have trouble finding the centre, call the venue directly using the details on the venues page.
The games go ahead regardless, in all weather conditions. Most of the game zones are outdoors, but there are sheltered areas in the base camp where you can go between games.
Unfortunately not. If anyone fails to attend the event on the date you have booked, the prepayment and paintballs for that person will be forfeited. All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
You can bring your own equipment, but it is always at the discretion of the Site Manager whether you can use it. You can bring your own goggles, provided they are designed for paintball games and have not been modified in any way.