It will come as no surprise to regular followers, especially Instagram ones, that during our stay in Cornwall we headed for The Eden Project. I really love nature and flowers have a special pull on me, and I find it hard not to stop and taking photos. My boys however are not so interested but were really keen to be going to The Eden Project too!
Again followers will know that I am scared of heights. From having to endure the Junior Go Ape course to allow my youngest up, to not even being able to jump off a small platform onto a trampoline covered in soft blocks! My boys, however, we have made sure have no such fear! Which is why a visit to Hangloose Adventure at The Eden Project was just perfect for them.
Hang Loose Adventure aim to bring world leading adventure activities to a wide audience at one of the country’s most iconic visitor destinations and the number one destination for adrenaline. Their activities help people overcome boundaries (in my case the fear of letting my children do it was enough for me!), share new experiences (it helped to build a stronger bond between my two boys), spend time in the great and outdoors – plus they tell me it was FUN! The heart-pumping activities use a fraction of the energy costs of traditional fairground and theme park rides too. My youngest was unable to participate because there is a minimum age of 8 years old.
Hangloose Adventure Skywire
The day began with my 13 year old going on the Skywire. To go on you have to be over 8 years old AND over 40kgs (this may need to be more dependent on weather). The Skywire is England’s longest and fastest zip-wire and has been consistently voted as one of the top-ten zip-wire experiences in the world. Travelling across the two famous biomes it is a great way to gain another view of The Eden Project (although my son tells me people looked like ants he was so high!)
You queue up and get your Skywire band, are weighed and given a sticker and told which group number you are in. When your group time is ready you are fitted into a flight suit and safety harness. Then you are transported in a minibus to the dispatch tower at the other end of the Skywire. Then participants are given a comprehensive and reassuring safety briefing before being suspended at 100 metres above the ground in a Superman flying pose right over the cliff edge! Instructors are with you every step of the way and will even hold your hand if needs be! They ask you your name so that people waiting at the other end know you are coming. On the count of three you will fly over 660 metres at 60 mph before meeting two friendly faces at the other end as the automatic brake system ensures you come to a gentle stop.
Bucket List Factor 5/5
Fear Factor 3/5
Big Air at Hangloose Adventure
Big Air has to be the least frightening looking of the activities with three platforms jumping on to a big air bag (hence the name). The lowest one even looked like my not fond of heights may have jumped it – so I am glad it was the activity which my 8 year old had chosen to do. The tower is 12m high and as my son was under 18 he was not allowed to jump from the top platform. It was a shame really as there were adults too scared to do the middle one and my son was just so confident – he would have loved to have gone up another floor.
Weight limits: 25kg-120kg
Styling it Factor 5/5
Fear Factor 3/5
The Drop at Hangloose Adventure
The Drop is a controlled 33ft fall from a purpose-built platform over a cliff edge. There’s no time to change your mind as one the count of three you HAVE to step off! Attached to a state of the art XL descender head towards the ground in seconds. As a parent watching this is the least scary as you can see the carefully controlled equipment lowering the participant down. My 13 year old told me that it looks even higher than it is because all you can see is the cliff below.
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I don't even know where to begin with today's amazing adventures! Starting with my teen doing the Skywire over the Eden Project, my 8 year old doing big air – to them both STEPPING off this platform!!! Can you seriously see how high it is???!!!! They both did gravity (a huge swing) with my 8 yr old doing it on his own. All he could hear was this 10 yr old being super impressed that he didn't even scream! After an AMAZING time at Hang Loose we went and visited The Eden Project itself. Whilst these activities were complimentary I'm 110% honest about the boys experiences. And no, despite them keep saying my fear didn't let me go on any. I will the adrenaline junkies to have fun by themselves 😂 Question is – could you step off?
Fun Factor 5/5
Fear Factor 2/5
Gravity at Hangloose Adventure
Gravity is just a big swing! You can enjoy the view from 20m high – where you will be let loose on the count of 3 and let the swing be controlled by gravity (at 50mph)! You can ride solo (like my brave 8 year old) or with friends (up to 3 people at once). When other participants were going on and I could hear their screams I felt nervous about my 8 year old going on but felt confident in the staff and safety equipment – but do you know what, he didn’t even scream!
Fear Factor 4/5
K2 Climbing at Hangloose Adventure
Also available is a 16 metre climbing tower which offers 3 separate challenges – designed for physical strength and problem solving. We did not try this.
Coming soon at Hangloose Adventure
Base Jump – A 115ft drop through a trap door – one of the tallest in Europe and the first in the UK.
Skytrek – A 20 element high ropes course design to test balance and nerve.
Freefall – The highest freefall drop onto an airbag in THE WORLD! Winched to the height of a 10 storey building, with no ropes, no descender, no bungee – just let go – 25m of pure free fall! – Fear Factor 6/5
Note there is free parking and you do not have to pay to enter The Eden Project to visit (but you will if you want to visit there too!). You can capture your adventures with your mobile phone with the cases provided (at additional charge). Note that Go Pros are not suitable on ALL of the activities but are for others.
To see more images of Hangloose Adventure and other Cornwall Adventures check out my Facebook Album
For Prices, to find out about discounts, combined and group bookings, opening times and to book visit the website: http://hanglooseadventure.com/
- Hangloose Adventure, Eden Project, Bodelva, St.Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
- 01726 818 560
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My boys experienced Hang Loose for purposes of review. All words are honest and my own.