England’s Longest & Fastest Zip Wire Opens
The UK’s newest visitor attraction, Hangloose Adventure – Bluewater, officially opened yesterday (Monday 28 June) giving thrill-seekers the chance to ride on Skywire, England’s longest and fastest zip wire.
Riders will reach speeds of up to 60mph as they travel down one of four 725-metre zip lines newly-installed amongst 50 acres of stunning parkland at Bluewater, one of Europe’s leading retail and leisure destinations.
Sitting atop a 40-metre chalk cliff – creating a combined vertical drop of more than 55 metres – Skywire is the first of nine new attractions at Hangloose Adventure – Bluewater which will include an outdoor skydive experience, Europe’s largest swing and Europe’s largest outdoor climbing wall.
Robert Goodman, Senior Centre Director at Bluewater, said: “This is undoubtedly a landmark day in Bluewater’s 22-year history. The addition of a new visitor attraction for the south east of England, accessible to millions of people within an hour’s drive, is a proud moment for everyone involved.
“Already, we have had huge interest in Skywire not just locally, but from across the UK and overseas. To operate England’s fastest and longest zip wire is a huge draw, and to have Hangloose as our partners, given the huge success of their operation at the Eden Project, is a significant scoop for us.
“From forward bookings already taken, we know that thrill-seekers will travel great lengths to ride on the zip wire and we’re sure our regular guests will equally be dazzled by the attraction and the spectacular view of our parkland as they fly through the air at up to 60 miles per hour.
“Adding in our retail stores, restaurants, bars, leisure, cinema and free parking, Hangloose Adventure – Bluewater is even more of a must-visit, day-out destination. 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.”
Brian Phelps, MD of Hangloose Adventure, added: “The Bluewater project launch is a great moment 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.
“Following all the rigorous safety checks we are thrilled to be welcoming the first guests to experience Europe’s longest zipwire, and building on this first extreme attraction over time with the likes of Skydive coming very soon.”
Three more Hangloose Adventure – Bluewater experiences are set to launch over the next 12 months. This includes Europe’s largest rock climbing wall opening at the end of the year, followed by a 45-metre-high giant swing, and by early 2022 the destination will be home to Skydive, a free-fall experience not found anywhere else in Europe.
These will be followed by five more experiences: a bungee tower, giant slide, clip and climb, waterdrop boulding wall, and Via Ferrata, a route-marked climb using metal rails and rungs embedded in Bluewater’s cliff walls.
Tickets for Skywire, England’s longest and fastest zip wire, are available at https://hangloosebluewater.com.