Northampton Paintball & Airsoft

Published on: 20/06/20

If you’ve been missing your fix of paintball during this quarantine lockdown, get ready for some inspiration! With new social distancing rules allowing gatherings of 6 people, Paintball and Airsoft are both great ways of getting together with friends while still maintaining a safe distance. And what better way to shake of the lockdown blues than getting outside for some fun, fresh air, and crazy combat simulation?

We’ve rounded up some of the best places to play Paintball and Airsoft in the Northampton area, so read on and start planning your next visit!

What’s the difference between Airsoft and Paintball? 

Curious about the difference between Airsoft and Paintball? In a word: realism. With Airsoft there is much more emphasis on realistic battle simulation, with magazine-fed weapons and military strategy playing a big part in the game play.

Airsoft guns are usually replicas of real guns and have semi or automatic modes that shoot the 6mm plastic pellets up to 150ft! But most people agree that the pellets hurt less than paintballs because they’re fired at slow speeds.

With paintball the guns shoot, you’ve guessed it, balls of paint. With Airsoft they shoot the much more realistic plastic pellets (otherwise known as BBs). Because you don’t have the tell-tale splat of paint to make others aware you’ve been hit, Airsoft players use an honesty rule of raising their hand and shouting ‘hit’ instead.


Skirmish Central

Skirmish Central is an action-packed destination only 20 mins from Northampton, Bedford and Milton Keynes. Get your adrenaline pumping with a fast-paced game of paintball that will have you crashing through the undergrowth and dodging exploding paintballs. Use the strategically placed bunkers to hide and re-load, or head up high to spy on your enemy from amongst the trees. Whether you’re playing with family or friends, the highly trained marshals at Skirmish Central are always on hand to make sure you have a great (and safe) time. There’s a variety of packages on offer for days out or you can custom build your own. For an incredible six years in a row Skirmish Central has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, and consistently receive 5-star reviews from happy customers.

Conflict Paintball

Known as Northampton's best kept secret, Conflict Paintball has a unique location in the heart of Grendon lakes. They pride themselves on offering fully immersive experiences that are different from ‘just another day of paintball’. With state-of-the-art equipment and high-concept missions, players can live and breathe the battle experience. For example, can you escape the infected hordes that are advancing toward your position, with water on both sides and no time to retreat? When you’re only option is to fight your way out, will you have what it takes to survive? Conflict Paintball welcome players of all ages from 9 upwards and groups of all sizes – from a platoon to a couple they will look after you.

Low Impact Paintball

Conflict Paintball

With smaller paintballs and more padding, Low Impact Paintball at Conflict Paintball is perfect for beginners or as an introduction to other games. It’s great for younger players or simply those who are a bit apprehensive about traditional paintball. The guns are designed to shoot with less speed to give 70% less impact, which coupled with the body armour provided as standard guarantees a safe and fun experience for all. Low Impact Paintball sessions at Conflict Paintball run from Monday to Friday and can be up to 3 hours, so plenty of time to perfect your technique.

Splat Master

Skirmish Central

Skirmish Central has been an industry leader for over 30 years, and part of that success can be attributed to moving with the times and trying new things. One of the newer games on the block, Splatball is a low-impact alternative to paintball for younger players and adults that want to experience the thrill of combat simulation without risking being hit by a full-sized paintball! The SplatMaster ‘guns’ shoot ammo filled with colour that splat on impact, and are designed to be really easy to lock, load and fire. The ammo is 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, and water-soluble.


Skirmish Central

Based in Granary Farm Woods just a short drive from Northampton, Skirmish Central is a fantastic place to get involved with the popular game of Airsoft. Players can join in on one of the twice monthly dedicated Airsoft Walk-On days, or you can call their booking office to arrange a private game any day of the week. If you’re an Airsoft veteran with your own equipment you are welcome to bring that to play with. If you’re a beginner, Skirmish Central has an extensive range of Airsoft equipment available to rent, including Valken Combat Machine, M16 and the new Tippmann M4 HP air system. tactical vests, and camo suits. You’ll be kitted out like Arnie in Predator in no time!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We have also put together a list of frequently asked questions for Paintball at the link below, (FAQs), which also includes some Top Tips and Did you know information which you can show off about when you are with your friends and family

  • >Read our Paintball frequently asked questions (FAQs) - Click Here
  • Read our Airsoft frequently asked questions (FAQs) - Click Here

We hope that you have enjoyed reading our article called Northampton Paintball & Airsoft, and that you have found the information above include our FAQ page helpful in deciding on which venue you to choose

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