A new attraction is causing quite the thud with York residents. The Hilt on Goodramgate offers people the opportunity to live out their Viking fantasies by throwing axes in a fun, safe and competitive environment.
Co-owner Alex Cronin says he set up the business to offer the people of York a different activity to partake in rather than the typical drinking the city offers:
“Right now, if you’re going out in York, all there really is to do is go drinking and we really wanted to expand on the activities options in the city.
Everyone in the city, once they wrap their heads around what we are and they ask what is this, what do you do? Well, we throw axes.”
York resident Tom Harrop thinks it’s a good idea to expand on the activities being offered in the city:
“It’s a good alternative to what’s currently on offer. Realistically you can only do The Dungeons or Jorvik a couple of times and once you’ve done them the only thing left really is drinking.
Axe throwing seems like a fun activity and for a sporting person like myself, it’s something that I feel is right up my street, and I’ve never done anything like it before.”
Student Holly Davison thinks that the activity could be dangerous but that might be what’s drawing people in:
“It isn’t something you can really just do in the back garden or in your house given the dangerous nature of what you’re doing, so The Hilt are offering people a new experience in a safe environment.”
Unfortunately, as with a lot of businesses, COVID-19 has had a negative impact on The Hilt. Cronin says that the virus has caused bookings to take a huge hit:
“A lot of people have cancelled their bookings with us which is understandable however it’s hard for us to know what to do. We’ve had a good first 6 months so hopefully we can make it through this and carrying on offering York a fun, alternative activity.”