The ‘longest and fastest’ zipwire in England is prepped to open for the first time in April.
And thrill-seekers won’t have to travel far, with the Skywire opening at the brand new ‘Hangloose Adventure’ centre at Bluewater Shopping Centre in Dartford.
An impressive 725 metres long, the zipwire launches from a 15.5 metre dispatch tower which also sits atop a 40-metre chalk cliff at Bluewater, creating a 180 foot vertical drop.
In April 2021 (coronavirus restrictions permitting), the Skywire will become the first attraction to open at the Hangloose Adventure centre, which is aiming to become the biggest adventure centre in Europe.
Hangloose Adventure is set amongst 50 acres of parkland at the shopping centre, which has been awarded Green Flag status for the fifth year running.
The attraction will also make Bluewater the home to an outdoor skydive machine, Europe’s largest swing and Europe’s largest outdoor climbing wall, once complete.
Also planned for the attraction in Dartford is the UK’s only outdoor Skydive machine, Europe’s largest swing, Europe’s largest outdoor climbing wall and ‘much more’, once complete.
Robert Goodman, Senior Centre Director at Bluewater, said: “Seeing the dispatch tower close to completion gives a real sense of scale for the structure which will carry thrill-seekers from the cliff edge, more than 725 metres across our parkland.
“With the tower almost ready, and the four zip lines being installed this month, the excitement is building as we create a new attraction for the south east of England – we will be announcing details of the next experience to open, soon.
“We will have England’s longest and fastest zip wire and it has already created interest from across the UK with pre-registration emails received from Scotland, Wales, Manchester and Durham, down to Cornwall in the South West.
“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.”