It's a great time to Discover Local

This school holidays discover amazing local experiences for the entire family.

A unique axe-perience

man and woman smiling, man holding axeHave you ever thrown an axe?! Penrith born and bred locals Katrina and Rob decided to open Throw Axe three and a half years ago to bring a unique axe-perience, a bit of healthy competition, and a whole lot of fun to the city.

Katrina acknowledges the last two years have been a real test, from covering bills and rent, to dealing with cancellations each time Covid strikes. It's made for a rollercoaster ride for their business, yet they’ve managed to remain positive throughout and their young son Harrison has helped make it all worthwhile!

“People come in most of the time not knowing what to expect… Everyone who comes through our doors have an amazing time. We spend time getting to know them and having a few laughs along the way. We crank the music up and get everyone excited to be here,” said Katrina.

Throw Axe love supporting local businesses, having hosted team building days for local businesses and taking their own team to visit other businesses like Narrow Escape Rooms.

Escape the everyday

Narrow Escape Rooms is family owned and operated by Kit, Craig and Shelley. Living in Penrith and tired of spending hours commuting, they took the plunge and opened their own business in 2018 to share their love for escape rooms. The incredible team have designed and built all the games themselves, with their first aptly named Launch!

For Narrow Escape Rooms, the seemingly never ending Covid lockdowns meant dealing with plenty of cancellations. With the help of an understanding landlord and Government support, Kit, Craig & Shelley are thrilled to have made it through and have increased cleaning measures onsite for everyone’s safety.

If you want to know more about the mind-blowing Narrow Escape Rooms games, which Shelley says are “a little bit of pop culture humour or easter eggs (not the chocolate kind) thrown in for an added touch”, well, you’ll just have to get your crew together to discover this gem for yourself!

Rediscover a Penrith icon 

After uncovering surprising new skills and games for the adults and bigger kids, head over to Museum of Fire with its iconic fire truck suspended above Castlereagh Road, offering an interactive and educational experience for the whole family. Little tots will love pretending to be a junior firefighter too. 

The Museum of Fire, with its workforce including current and retired firefighters, faced multiple challenges throughout 2020. Laura, Curator and Collections Manager, shares “To say the least, 2020 was rough.”

“As Covid took hold, we were forced to cancel our major fundraising events. For several months, the Museum also closed to the public and during this time we were devastated with another loss – that of our long serving CEO, Mark White AFSM OAM. Under the new leadership of Belinda McMartin, the Museum once again opened its doors in June 2020, with measures put in place to protect our visitors, volunteers and staff,” said Laura.

2021 also presented challenges with months of forced closure, however Museum of Fire are slowly rebuilding and expanding the offering to create accessible, Covid-Safe events.

  

With two additional Dine and Discover vouchers now available, it’s a great time to get out and Discover Penrith!