Apr 7, 2021
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Adrenaline-seekers welcome: Bluewater adds to experiences with England’s biggest zip wire

Apr 7, 2021

The Bluewater mall in Kent is upping its ‘another reason to visit’ appeal, offering consumers a host of added outdoor attractions, including England’s “longest and fastest” zip wire.


Skywire is to open on 14 May, a month after most of its non-essential stores will have reopened, and joins Landsec’s bid to redefine the expanding ‘Bluewater experience’, joining the mall’s first Luna Cinema drive-in movie experience which opens from 12 April.

Skywire will be the highlight of nine “unique” attractions that will be part of the centre’s Hangloose Adventure concept. 

This includes four individual 725 metre-long zip wires linked to a 15.5 metre-high dispatch tower situated on Bluewater’s 40-metre high chalk cliffs, creating a vertical drop of 55 metres. Riders of the Skywire will achieve speeds of up to 60 mph as they make their descent.

Yet more Hangloose Adventure experiences are set to launch at Bluewater over the next 12 months. These include Europe’s largest rock-climbing wall, a giant swing that will reach a height of 45 metres, equivalent to a 12-storey building. These will be followed by 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. The mall's unique location in a former chalk quarry lends itself very well to such experiences.

Rob Hardie, Portfolio director at Landsec, co-owner and asset manager of Bluewater, said: “We are focused on delivering innovative and imaginative ways in which to evolve the experience for our guests at our destinations, to make sure they are relevant and appeal to guests”.

He added: “Skywire is the first of what will be a great set of attractions that form Hangloose, and is set to attract adrenaline seekers from across the UK. This is the beginning of a very exciting new chapter for Bluewater”.

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