Urban pétanque and axe throwing are coming to a seaside town with the launch of a new activity complex.
Margate Leisure Centre, due to open on May 12 in Cliftonville, will offer the two attractions to visitors while serving up food and drinks.
Radburger will offer ‘slap-up street food’ and there will also be a pop-up kitchen.
The pétanque side of the centre is called Klak - the sound the balls make when they collide - with a separate part of the building used for the axe throwing.
Gareth Fairlie, founder of Black Axe Throwing Co, which already has sites in Edinburgh, Belfast and Lancaster, and Ian Johnson are the brains behind the operation.
They hope the complex - located behind Bugsy’s in Ethelbert Terrace - will capture people’s imagination and provide a unique day or night out.
“Pétanque is really social for any age group,” says Gareth.
“People can have a night out but also participate in a game.”
He says he wanted to bring in axe throwing to the centre, too, having always strived to have a site in Kent, where he grew up.
However, it’s been no mean feat creating an indoor pétanque pitch, with some 17 tonnes of gravel brought in to bring it to life. Mr Fairlie says Bugsy’s had a large vacant building behind it, providing the perfect spot and enough space for both activities.
The axe-throwing will have three lanes and bookings can be made in advance.
With pétanque, groups of up to six people can book a session on one of four pistes.
Mr Fairlie says the two activities compliment each other well, despite one being more high-energy.
The centre, once up and running, will be open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 10.30pm, with activities stopping at 9pm.