SOMERSET'S largest indoor axe throwing venue is opening last this month.

The Axe Shack goes live in Bridgwater on Saturday, August 20.

Taunton businessman Matt Rolfe is overseeing the final touches as a team of builders, artists and electricians polish off their work at the premises in Unit 3 Kilnside, East Quay.

"I can't wait for it to open," said Matt, 43.

"I'm really excited and have a manager and two staff appointed locally who simply want to make sure people have a great time."

The aim of the game is to score points by hitting a wooden target with your axe.

But before you can launch your axes in one of the eight lanes, you'll need to have a bit of coaching and a safety briefing.

You'll be shown how to throw the axe, take some warm up throws and then play against each other until there's a clear winner in your group.

"At first we're only operating four lanes, but as it grows we'll take on more staff and use all eight lanes," said Matt.

"People will be able to book online or check on walk-in availability."

Matt was never interested in 'traditional' games such as football, instead preferring martial arts and knife throwing, which he was introduced to by his father.

He added: "My first experience of axe throwing was at a stag do in Germany and I was hooked."

Matt, who moved to Taunton four years ago, has enjoyed a varied career to date, including working as an assistant buyer, a dog trainer, in pest control and in a managerial post in cinema.

Among groups he is expecting to welcome to the Axe Shack are businesses, parties such as birthdays and stag and hen dos.

Sessions last around an hour.

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