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What should I wear when I go paintballing?

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Ever wondered what it’s like for a soldier out on the battlefield?

Experience it for yourself at Bristol Activity centre. Playing on a decommissioned military base, with remarkable underground bunkers and military ruins ready for you to explore. Take cover in an army helicopter, a 432 Tank, an armoured personnel carrier or inside a navy boat. Whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a blast.

What to wear paintballing?

Clothes Loose lightweight and of course comfortable clothing. It’s advised not to layer up, even in the colder months, as all that adrenaline pumping through your veins will warm you up in no time. Although people believe layering up will make it hurt less but this is a myth – body armour if available if you’re too worried about getting hurt. We also recommend that you wear old clothing as nobody wants to get a new t-shirt or hoodie muddy or ruined and this is possible at our venue. Footwear Your footwear must be comfortable, and have a good grip – which is essential to stop you slipping over. We don’t recommend plimsoles as they do not provide enough grip! and sandals & heels are prohibited due to the uneven, outdoor terrain. Instead, we suggest you opt for some walking boots, wellies with deep tread, or old trainers. Do Paintballs stain your clothes? Paintballs do not stain, they are made out of water soluble, non toxic gelatine so they wash right out of your clothes. We provide you with the following: – Full face goggles – All in one Coveralls – Your paintball marker – We also offer optional body armour/chest protection for ladies and small children.     Stag or hen Party? Then dress up! You’re more than welcome to play in fancy dress it’s your choice! Over the years we have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. The coveralls are optional and recommended to protect your clothes from mud and paintballs. However, we ask that nobody turn up naked or in any outfits too offensive. paintball fancy dress bristol

Paintball upgrade Extras

Upgrade guns, pyrotechnics, smoke grenades, paint grenades, armoured paintball gloves, are available to purchase all day from our HQ for those that want a more authentic feel and with a variety of maps and missions, there’s something for everybody. Bristol Activity Centre really takes the military simulation to the next level, and being the accredited UK registered UKSPF venue up to the highest recognised standards, you can be safe in the knowledge you are playing at a safe venue and have an awesome day. Still not convinced? Hear what people think of Bristol Activity Centre’s paintballing:  
Jcoombes2017 says: “I took Jonny my son for his 14th birthday with a group of 10 to the Portishead paintballing centre. We were well looked after by Mark who took time out at every stage to make sure that all the boys, including the less confident ones, were happy and knew what they were doing. We had an awesome day and Mark ensured that the games were varied and even arranged a “family v friends” finale, which was exactly what Jonny wanted. Excellent day out, would recommend it to anyone, generates conversation and memories that last forever! Bravo Mark, see you again!!”
Gareth D says: “Myself and 15 other mates have been to Bristol activity centre paintballing and wow what a day a great group of staff from Chris running the show and Ali leading the group helped greatly by Jacob and rich. All were very helpful and enthusiastic and made the day a brill experience thank you from all of us.”
Mia_pcox says: “Me and my other teenage female friends went for the day and loved it! The different games were all really enjoyable and the leaders (Rich and Chelsea) both brought lots of enthusiasm to each game; they were very helpful and funny. We will definitely be returning here again with more friends!!”

Corporate Days Out in Bristol Team Building Activities

Bristol Corporate Days and Team Building Activities

Book a tailored day out for a corporate team building event or large groups of up to 250 wanting a fun outdoor activity day with catering and transport. Send a message via our Contact Form or call our friendly team organisers on 01179 353300 to have a chat.  

Outdoor Activities Bristol For Large Groups up to 250 People

We can organise a tailored day of multi-activities for large groups of up to 250 people, combining outdoor activities to entertain you for a whole day, or you can choose just one activity for a couple of hours. Our outdoor activities include Paintball, Clay pigeon shooting, Quad biking, Archery, Battlezone Archery, Knife and Axe Throwing, Low Impact Paintballing, Airsoft, and New for 2018 we will have Air Rife Shooting!

Tailored Events For Groups – Catering and Transport Included

From your initial enquiry, we will work to put together a memorable event tailored to your group size, timings, and budget. We can assist with organising transport, and even have on-site catering with the ability to cater breakfast/lunch for up to 250+ people, putting together a suitable menu of either hot or cold “grab and go” food for your event. We have previously organised events for wheelchair users, partially blind, deaf, and groups with learning disabilities. We can always find an activity suitable for participants of all abilities and will work with you in ensuring every individual has a fantastic day with us.

Things to do in Bristol Corporate Days Out Zorbing Bubble Football - Bristol Activity CentreCorporate Clients You Will Know

Previous corporate clients who have visited our activity centre include; EE, Sky, Nandos, McDonald’s, Origin UK, Sainsburys, Danone, Screwfix, TGI Fridays, Hewlett Packard, Sigma, Uplands Retail, Byron Associates, Censornet, Alder King, Bath Rugby club, Brabantia Ltd, Agility Logistics, Atkins Global, The National Composites Centre, Bristol Water, Airbus Bristol, and many more.

Corporate Feedback

So much fun!

We visited the Bristol Activity Centre for our corporate fun day and had a really good day. We were quite a large group, about 50 in total, and in advance of our visit the team helped me to plan the best approach to make sure everyone got the most out of the activities. They always responded quickly and were a pleasure to deal with. When we arrived we were greeted by a very friendly and enthusiastic team who did everything they could to make sure our day went smoothly. We did bubble football, axe & knife throwing, archery and clay pigeon shooting. All I heard was praise at how much fun everyone was having. I would highly recommend the activity centre, particularly for large groups. I’ll definitely be visiting again. Huge thanks to everyone there! Lucy Rogers, Saffery Champness

Bristol M5 Cribbs Causeway Location

Boasting a fantastic Bristol location (on junction 17 of the M5) we are an outdoor activities centre with over 10 different activities located minutes from Bristol City Centre. We are located right next to Cribbs Causeway shopping mall, and also “The Venue” Cribbs Causeway which is a huge retail park with a Vue cinema, Hollywood bowl, and various restaurants like Nandos, Frankie and Bennys, Giraffe et, a perfect location for having a meeting and then blowing off some steam! Next door to us we have a “Premier Inn” hotel with meeting rooms available, so as soon as your done discussing business you can pop over the road and come and shoot some clays, do a spot of archery, or let your inner Viking take hold and throw some knives and axes.(Cribbs Causeway, Catbrain Lane, Bristol BS10 7TQ). Send a message via our Contact Form or call our team on 01179 353300 now.

Things to do in Bristol Corporate Days Out Large Groups Kids Activities 2018

Some photos of recent groups (27-09-2014) at our Bristol venue…

A collection of photos of some recent (27-09-2014) paintballing, clay shooting, quad bike trekking and stag party fancy dress groups taken at our fantastic urban venue at Bristol. Junction 17 (Cribbs Causeway), M5 Motorway in the South West of England…

Some photos of recent groups (06-09-2014) at our Bristol venue…

Photos of some recent (06-09-2014) paintballing, clay shooting and stag party fancy dress groups taken at our fantastic urban venue at Junction 17, M5 Motorway (Cribbs Causeway) in the South West… ( This post is also available on Google+ )

Recent groups (18-08-2014) at our Portishead venue…

Photos of some recent (18-08-2014) paintballing groups at our fantastic woodland venue on the Severn Estuary coast at Portishead in the South West… ( This post is also available on Google+ )

Santa v The Snowman Event…

“Santa” verses “The Snowman”For one day only on the 29/12/2013

This December, Skirmish Bristol is taking part the the UK’s most ambitious nationwide paintball event to date… Santa v The Snowman!

Lots of UKPSF registered paintball venues around the nation will be simultaneously taking part in what will be the greatest paintball battle ever!

To find out more, including a participating venue near you. Please check out the official United Kingdom Paintball Sports Federation (UKPSF) website at

If you live in the South West, and want to join in with all the festive fun. We hope you’ll be able to join our winning team at Skirmish Bristol.


Sands Of Time 3 Event

Book now before the 1st of August to take advantage of our “early” booking discount. See below for details…
Sands Of Time 3 Where will the Sands Of Time take us this year? This is our popular annual paintball event open to serious players with their own safety and paintballing equipment. Our ever increasingly popular Sands of Time event goes into World War III, and immerses its participants to the horrors of Post Apocalyptic Bristol… When: Aug 25, 10:00AM — Aug 25, 5:00PM Where: Skirmish Bristol Hollywood Lane, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, South Gloucestershire Category: Social Entry from £50.00 – £60.00 Early Booking Discount + UKPSF Discount. Includes a box of 2000 paintballs. (12+ years only) £50 per person – until 31 July 2013 Early Booking Discount. Includes a box of 2000 paintballs. (12+ years only) £55 per person – until 31 July 2013 ** Full-price. Includes entry, and a box of 2000 paintballs. (12+ years only) ** £60 per person – Price from 1 August 2013
Please go to our walk-on events website at Bristol Walk-on for more information about who can play, event prices, event location, video of previous events and more… Please note that players have to be 12 years or above to participate. And must have their own paintball equipment.   

Walk-on Events…

Saturday 04-04-2013. We regularly hold walk-on events each month for paintball enthusiasts who like to use their own kit and equipment. If you want to know more about what we do and when we do it? Please check out our Bristol Walk-on website at the following address… Bristol Walk-on skirmish-bristol-walkon-2013-01-w skirmish-bristol-walkon-2013-02-w skirmish-bristol-walkon-2013-03-w skirmish-bristol-walkon-2013-04-w

Get Trekking!

Our *NEW* Quad Bikes are here! Here are some pictures of a group enjoying our newly acquired “quad bikes” that are now available to ride and go trekking on at our “urban” venue located at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol… Please check out our dedicated website at: Skirmish Quads for pricing and trekking times. [Group photos taken on: Saturday 06-04-2013 at Cribbs Causeway venue.] Quad biking at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol Quad trekking at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol. skirmish-bristol-quad-bikes-05-w skirmish-bristol-quad-bikes-04-w skirmish-bristol-quad-bikes-03-w skirmish-bristol-quad-bikes-02-w

2013 Walk-on Events Calendar

  Here is our 2013 walk-on events calendar for experienced paintball players. We run our walk-on events on the first Sunday of every month and we tend to alternate between our two local venues at Portishead and Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.
Event Date Event Venue Event Notes
3rd February 2013 Cribbs Causeway
3rd March 2013 Portishead
7th April 2013 Portishead
27th-28th April 2013 Cribbs Causeway Two Day Event
5th May 2013 Portishead
2nd June 2013 Cribbs Causeway
7th July 2013 Portishead
4th August 2013 Cribbs Causeway
25th August 2013 Cribbs Causeway “Big Game” Details TBA
1st September 2013 Portishead
6th October 2013 Cribbs Causeway
3rd November 2013 Portishead
1st December 2013 Cribbs Causeway
29th December 2013 Portishead Christmas “Big Game” Details TBA

Please note that these dates are provisional, and may change due to unforeseen circumstances in the future. Please always check with us directly prior to booking any event.