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Rumble, based on the new concept of live action gaming, is opened by a Rutland family at Grafham Water

A family from Rutland has put their game faces on to create a new concept in Family entertainment – ‘Live Action Gaming’ at Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire.

‘Rumble’ brings together the best of the real and virtual worlds in an action-packed experience using high-tech equipment, set in woodland arenas on the edge of the reservoir.

It is the creation of Billy and Jacquie Rumble from Leesthorpe who were inspired by their three action-gamer sons who are aged eight to 17.

Billy Rumble and his three sons Joe, Danny and Max
Billy Rumble and his three sons Joe, Danny and Max

Jacquie explains: “Our boys are sporty and enjoy the outdoors once they’re out there, but like many kids, given the chance they would spend hours in front of a screen. And so Live Action Gaming was born - if you can’t beat ‘em….”

There are three arenas to choose from, which range from 14,000 to 5,500 square metres, depending on the size of the group and the type of game you would like to play. Over the course of the hour-long adventure, groups are set smaller missions by the Rumble Rangers who oversee each game.

Contenders are equipped with a laser rifle and sensor and can unlock special weapons, medical kits, ammo and more through ‘kill streaks’ or by finding hidden utility boxes on site. There are dozens of hides and bases including sniper towers throughout the woods - all made from reclaimed timber and natural materials from the forest.

Billy said: “It’s a cross between shoot-em-up video games and paintballing but, unlike the latter, it is contactless and pain-free, making it suitable for all ages from eight and up.

“Like computer games the story arch is split into smaller missions, keeping it engaging and exciting throughout. As we like to say, family fun just got serious.

“We’ve had children versus grandparents, school groups and family groups all coming along to have a go and the feedback has been incredible. People are really embracing the game and appreciate having a brand new option for a fun adventure.

“If it proves popular, we’d love to open a similar experience in Rutland next season.”

Rumble is open daily until September, at weekends from September 7 to October 13 and daily again from October 19 toOctober 27, for the half-term break.

Sessions cost £15 per person and must be booked in advance by visiting www.rumblelive.co.uk

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