The camouflage is on, visor pulled down, and your weapon of choice is locked and loaded, now all you need is someone to paint… Yes, it’s paintball. Brighton may well be best known for its seaside attractions, fish and chips, and arts and cultural offerings, but sometimes what you really need is a good old-fashioned bit of action. If you’re a Brighton resident seeking some thrills or you’re paying the city a visit and want to liven up your trip, paintball is a great option and you’re in for a real treat as there are some seriously good paintball venues in the area.
Paintball is the ultimate way to experience the action-packed thrills of battle in a safe environment. Forget playing Call of Duty at home, at these great paintball venues near Brighton you can get out into the beautiful British countryside and play for real. Whether you’re a complete newbie or an experienced baller with your own gun, these venues set in the woodlands of Sussex provide ample opportunity to splatter your mates with paint or team up to win some of the amazing games on offer.
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Our top picks for paintball in Brighton
Paintball in Brighton
Delta Force Paintball
Located just off the M23 motorway about half an hour’s drive from Brighton is Delta Force Paintball, one of the UK’s leading paintballing operations. With six different games on offer during any given paintball session you’ll not be short of action-filled adventure at Delta Force. Game zones at this centre include the Chemical Alley Speedball arena and the ‘huge, impressive Castle Wallenberg game zone’. Delta Force Crawley has played host to paintballing celebrities including Elle McPherson, Mick Jagger and Brighton’s very own Fatboy Slim so it has the celeb stamp of approval too!
Price & Booking – Entry and kit from £9.99, with optional extras including 100 paintballs for £7.99 and the Black Ops pack featuring an assault rifle(!) for £89.99. You can book games online at the above link.
Brighton Paintball is exactly what it says on the tin, it’s paintball right outside of Brighton. Located just ten minutes north of the city at the foot of the South Downs, Brighton Paintball is set in forty acres of woodland where you can have as much paint-splattering action as you could possibly want. Games available include Plane Crash, The Bridge and D-Day and you can spend half a day (up to four to six games) or a whole day (up to eight to ten games) firing away. Brighton Paintball also offers Splatmaster games just for youngsters aged between eight and ten years old.
Price & Booking – Basic entry and kit is £9.99 and 100 paintballs are £10. Intermediate and Hardcore packages are available for £35 and £60, respectively, which include additional paintballs and smoke grenades.
Driver Wood Activity Centre
Another paintball venue just outside of Crawley (about half an hour from Brighton) is the Driver Wood Activity Centre. Driver Wood offers a whole host of action-packed activities, including axe throwing and air rifle shooting. When it comes to paintball, three different game types are on offer – children’s games for eight to ten-year-olds; standard games for anyone aged over ten years old; and high-impact paintball for those aged over fifteen years old (and who don’t mind a few bruises!). By clicking the link above you can find videos of the incredible game zones on offer at Driver Wood, as well as explore the various weapon and equipment upgrades (including an M4 Assault Rifle for just £10 extra for the day). Driver Wood has fantastic reviews, with an overall score of 4.7 from hundreds of reviews on Google.
Price & Booking – Basic entry and kit is £3.99 for a half day or £7.99 for a full day, with paintballs priced at £8 per one hundred balls. There are a variety of upgrade options available which can be found at the link above, where you can also book your games online.
Another paintball venue around half an hour outside Brighton is Holmbush Paintball. Holmbush has been providing thrill-seekers with paintball games for over twenty years, and the team there claim to be the best paintball venue in the south-east of England. At Holmbush you can play paintball across an incredible eighteen different game zones including Arthur’s Castle, Village, Bio Hazard and Lost Island. You can see videos and pictures of some of the game zones on offer at Holmbush on their website, just click the link above. Holmbush Paintball is set within a private country estate of over two thousand acres, so with that much space and so many game zones it is easily the biggest paintball venue on our list. If you want to mix your day up a bit, Holmbush also offers lots of other outdoor action, including archery, rifle shooting and axe throwing.
Price & Booking – Standard entry and kit, including one hundred paintballs, is £12.99. You can upgrade to include three hundred, six hundred or one thousand paintballs for £24.99, £39.99 and £64.99, respectively. You need to book in advance, which you can do by giving them a call or dropping them an email. All contact information can be found on their website, just follow the link above.
For thrill-seekers visiting Brighton, or those residents looking to up the action and adventure in their life, paintball offers an exhilarating escape into a world of action and strategy in the Sussex countryside. Beyond the city’s renowned seaside charm and cultural allure, these paintball venues provide an immersive and safe environment for enthusiasts of all levels.
Delta Force Paintball in Crawley, frequented by celebrities, offers a variety of dynamic game zones to keep the adrenaline flowing.
Brighton Paintball is the closest to the centre of Brighton, located just a ten minute drive north of the city. Brighton Paintball delivers an expansive woodland setting and a wide range of game scenarios, including Plane Crash and D-Day.
For those seeking a broader range of outdoor activities, the Driver Wood Activity Centre near Crawley offers much more than purely paintball. Driver Wood caters to all outdoor adventure tastes, offering axe throwing and air rifle shooting in addition to paintball, so anyone who doesn’t fancy being peppered with paint can sit a game out and try their hand at something else.
Holmbush Paintball, set in an enormous two-thousand-acre private estate, is by far the largest venue on the list. Holmbush’s central offer of eighteen (18!) different paintball game zones is backed up by the offer of a whole host of other outdoor pursuits available on the estate.
Whichever paintball venue near Brighton you choose, it’s guaranteed to bring an awesome extra element of action to your visit. Or maybe you’re a local who’ll become a regular adventurer at one of these great paintball centres. Whether you’re looking for a great location for an exciting kids’ party, or the perfect venue for a stag do activity to fire away those hangovers, there’s something for everyone on our list.