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  • ROMAN GLADIATOR THEMED ACTIVITY PARK ON THE WAY

    Henry James

    A PRINCE’S Trust award-winner is to open a Gladiators-style activity park called The Romans in Aintree.

    Dung throwing, giant sandal racing and goat-milking are some of the outrageous ‘sports’ to be offered to stag and hen dos, office outings and birthday parties at the activity park when it opens later this year.

    The Romans is the brainchild of Joe Clarke, 33, from Aintree who said it will aim to blend the wackiness of TV’s Takeshi’s Castle with the physical challenge of popular show The Gladiators.

    Other contests for up to 100 participants will include blindfolded boxing, giant sandal racing and a bungee challenge.

    Joe said: “We’ve seen a massive rise in bookings for hen and stag parties coming to Liverpool to enjoy outdoor activities.

    “The current trend in all things medieval, with the huge success of TV series such as Game of Thrones inspired me to devise a Roman-themed activity park.

    “With a bit of investment and lots of imagination, I’ve created something unique.”

    Clarke was set on the venue, after research among the UK’s top hen and stag party operators showed Liverpool was the location of choice for bridesmaids and best men looking to give their mates a send-off to remember, before they tie the knot.

    And he’s convinced the site next to the racecourse will prove a hit. He added: “It’s already attracting bookings from hen and stag parties and, interestingly, we are now receiving enquiries from companies looking to put on themed team-building events for staff.”

    The activities are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.

    Two years ago Joe was presented with the Princes Trust Enterprise Award which recognises young people who have overcome barriers and achieved success in creating a sustainable business.

    He intends to expand the venture indoors with themed dinners and events.

    Joe added: “Hen and stag parties are often perceived to be badly behaved, but most are looking for fun and memorable experiences and something unique which The Romans will offer.”

    The 1,500sq metre park will include a purpose-built coliseum and all participants will receive costumes, face painting and will meet and be hosted by gladiators, emperors and roman goddesses.


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