Brits are taking extra breaks at dwelling this yr than they’ve in many years, with households throughout the nation on the lookout for methods to remain entertained over the summer season.
Luckily Hangloose Adventure at Bluewater has simply the factor, the longest and quickest zipline in England – Skywire.
Situated simply outdoors of the M25 in south-east London, the buying and leisure vacation spot has been a agency favorite for years, however has now added an journey string to its bow.
Thrill-seekers attain as much as 60 miles per hour as they hurtle over an previous quarry on web site, travelling down certainly one of 4 725-metre zip strains newly-installed amongst 50 acres of gorgeous parkland.
Robert Goodman, senior centre director at Bluewater, explains: “This is undoubtedly a landmark within the 22-year historical past of Bluewater.
“The addition of a brand new customer attraction for the south-east of England, accessible to hundreds of thousands of individuals inside an hour’s drive, is a proud second for everybody concerned.
“Already, we have had huge interest in Skywire not just locally, but from across the UK and overseas.”
He provides: “To function the quickest and longest zip wire in England is a big draw, and to have Hangloose as our companions, given the massive success of their operation on the Eden Project, is a big scoop for us.
“From ahead bookings already taken, we all know that thrill-seekers will journey nice lengths to experience on the zip wire and we’re positive our common friends will equally be dazzled by the attraction and the spectacular view of our parkland as they fly via the air at as much as 60 miles per hour.
“Adding in our retail shops, eating places, bars, leisure, cinema and free parking, Hangloose Adventure – Bluewater is much more of a must-visit, day-out vacation spot.
“And not just for people living in this part of the country, it will drive tourist spend in the region from around the UK and, with our nearby high-speed international rail link, into France too.”
When we visited earlier this month, the place was full of households, some wanting much more nervous than others.
A fast check-in course of at reception, and it’s over to be fitted out with the newest security gear, with once more solely takes a second.
Before there was actually time to assume, we’re packed off in a minibus to the highest of the experience, waddling alongside dressed head-to-toe in our harnesses.
The launch space sits atop a 40-metre chalk cliff – making a mixed vertical drop of greater than 55 metres – with views over the encompassing countryside an added bonus.
In the gap the Dartford Crossing shimmers, taking my thoughts briefly off what lays forward.
After watching a couple of hardy fliers set off on their journey, it’s our flip to take the experience.
Laying flat in your abdomen, you might be strapped onto the zipline, secured in place, earlier than a platform is lowered away beneath you, leaving you suspended in mid-air, on the mercy of Hangloose technicians.
I had earlier thought of myself one thing of anzip liner, however I’ve to confess, staring down the observe forward of, there was actually a second of concern.
Three, two, one and we’re off – barrelling over the quarry, forest and lakes beneath with arms outstretched earlier than coming to relaxation on the far finish.
Its throughout in 45 seconds, however extraordinarily exhilarating nonetheless, with a couple of white faces within the touchdown space testifying to simply how scary it may be.
Brian Phelps, managing director of Hangloose Adventure, added: “The Bluewater undertaking launch is a good second for us.
“We have created a bespoke experience, designed to fit into and utilise elements of the picturesque surroundings, and all within close proximity to Bluewater itself.”
Adventurers will probably be happy to study that is simply the primary attraction in a quantity deliberate for the positioning.
Bluewater additionally has plans for an outside skydive expertise, the most important rock-climbing wall in Europe and a 45-metre-high large swing, all throughout the subsequent 12-months.
These will probably be adopted by 5 extra experiences: a bungee tower, large slide, clip and climb, waterdrop bouldering wall and a Via Ferrata, a route-marked climb utilizing metallic rails and rungs.
Plenty of causes to maintain coming again within the months forward.
Tickets for Skywire, the longest and quickest zip wire in England, can be found.