Dung throwing… giant sandal racing… goat-milking…

These outrageous ‘sports’ will soon be on offer to stag and hen dos, office outings and birthday parties, thanks to the opening of a new activity park in Liverpool. The Romans promises to blend the wackiness of TV’s Takeshi’s Castle with the physical challenge of classic show, The Gladiators. Other contests for up to 100 participants will include blindfolded boxing, the giant sandal racing and a bungee challenge.

photo by Joanna Rose Photography

The venue is the brainchild of Joe Clarke, 33, from Aintree, who was named a Prince’s Trust Enterprise Award winner last year after three years at the helm of hen and stag party operator, Spartacus Events. He says “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 Games of Thrones, inspired me to devise a Roman-themed activity park. With a little bit of investment & lots of imagination I have now created something very unique”.

photo by Joanna Rose Photography

Joe was set on Liverpool as the venue, after research amongst the UK’s top hen and stag party operators showed the city 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 Aintree Racecourse, with its excellent transport links to both Liverpool city centre and the motorways, will prove a hit.

The activities are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Joe was presented with the Princes Trust Enterprise Award in 2017. The Enterprise Award, sponsored by NatWest, recognises young people who have overcome barriers and achieved success in creating a sustainable business or social enterprise. And he’s hoping to build on that experience, expand his business and continue his work with the Trust delivering inspirational talks to future entrepreneurs.

photo by Joanna Rose Photography

The bespoke 1,500 sq metre park includes eight games stations, a purpose-built coliseum, 6 Instagram stations and an outdoor gin garden. All participants will receive costumes, face painting and will meet and be hosted by gladiators, emperors and hostesses. The park will be open between April and October.

More information and bookings at www.theromans.co.uk