OuR Story

Whistle Punks has come a long way in the last seven years, if you're sitting comfortably we would love to share our tale with you.

Allow us to introduce ourselves...

Longtime friends (BFF’s) John Nimmons and Jools Whitehorn have backgrounds in the travel industry and media respectively. Having witnessed the boom in social competitive activities they dipped their toe in the water and successfully ran Battle Bows and Bubble Football for a number of years. Wanting to create an experience with an edge, they were inspired to create the UK’s first urban axe throwing venue.

axe in hand

Brand Values


We welcome all, regardless of experience and treat them as we would like to be treated if the roles were reversed. We celebrate, we don’t mock. We encourage, we don’t belittle. We listen, we don’t dismiss. We assume friendly intentions and work to create a positive environment for everyone. We celebrate people as individuals and nurture their interests


We celebrate successes no matter how small, they get us one step close to our goal. We take pride in doing things to the best of our capabilities. We foster friendly, competitive spirit in everything we do. We celebrate each individual and encourage contribution from everyone


We want simple, long term solutions over temporary fixes. We minimise our environmental impact wherever we can. We treat people well because we believe that Whistle Punks can only thrive with happy staff and Customers. We request clarification wherever needed – it saves time and difficulties later

Black and white photo of team
group eating and drinking
Whistle Punks team members walking


By supporting our national charity Trees for Cities and our three local charities, we are ensuring we have a positive impact on the areas in which we operate. There’s more to us than just throwing axes you know!

We selected Trees for Cities as our national charity partner, who focus on cultivating lasting change in their neighbourhoods through healthier environments. In London, our team selected Mind as their partner, who aim to deliver the most effective mental health services. Our Manchester venue partnered with Forever Manchester, a charity focused on supporting and funding community projects in the Manchester area.


man throwing 2 axes
Picking up axes
holding 5 axes

From the Journal