If you love extreme adventures, or you’re planning hen or stag do activities or team-building events this year, you’ll want some original ideas. Check out these UK experiences that are sure to get pulses racing.
Walk 360 sky-high challenge, BAi360, Brighton, Sussex
You might have been 138m up in the BA i360’s glass viewing pod but you won’t have been able to get out onto its roof – until now! Join the new Walk 360 experience and you’ll get those stunning Brighton views right out in the elements. Clipped into a harness, you can even test your nerve by leaning back over the coastline.
If you crave more sky-high challenges for team-building events or hen or stag do activities, check out the Climb 360 epic ladder ascent to the top of the viewing tower or Drop 360 abseiling experience and make it a nerve-jangling hat-trick!
Formula 1 Racing experience, Silverstone, Berkshire
You can follow in Lewis Hamilton’s tracks, quite literally, when you take your own spin around Silverstone. The iconic racetrack has several driving experiences to choose from. You can go full throttle in a Ferrari, an Aston Martin, a BMW M2, or all three, or dazzle your friends with a handbrake turn taught by a stunt pro. Pole position among adrenaline activities, however, has to go to the chance to burn rubber in a Formula 1 single-seater.
World’s fastest Zipline, Zip World Velocity 2, Snowdonia
If travelling at 100 miles an hour without a vehicle sounds the thrill of your dreams, you’ll want to check out the fastest zipline in the world. At Penrhyn Quarry in Wales, Zip World Velocity 2 will hurtle you headfirst over 1.5 km and give you bonus views of Snowdonia – if you dare to open your eyes.
With four parallel lines, you can even race your friends – perfect if you’re planning hen or stag do activities or some adrenalin-fuelled outdoor team building.
Olympic legacy white water rafting, Lee Valley, London
Make white water rafting even more exhilarating by braving the London 2012 Olympic course. Since the Lee Valley site was repurposed, it has become a favourite venue for team-building events. But with different loops available and a professional guide in charge, anyone from age eight upwards can have a go. The biggest thrills (and spills), however, are on the Rodeo Rafting experience.
Meanwhile, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, you can get that rush on two wheels in the famous velodrome.
Coasteering, Mousehole, Cornwall and other locations
Wild swimming, scrambling over rocks, jumping from cliffs… this seaside sport has it all. No wonder you need a hard hart and wetsuit combo.
Navigating the UK’s rugged coastline without a boat is what adventure days out coasteering are all about. It’s important, of course, to go with an experienced guide who knows the safe jump heights and whereabouts of submerged rocks. Wales, the Isles of Scilly, Pembrokeshire, Scotland and Cornwall are among many places to get immersed.
UK’s scariest rollercoasters, Thorpe Park, Surrey; Alton Towers; Staffordshire; Blackpool, Lancashire
When it comes to rollercoasters, those with the most stomach-churning height, speed, and drop angles compete for the title of the UK’s scariest. At around 80mph Stealth at Thorpe Park is the country’s fastest, while Alton Towers’ Oblivion will drop you from an eye-watering 90-degree vertical. If height is your goal, head to Blackpool Pleasure Beach for aptly titled The Big One, which climbs 72 metres (235ft) above the coast.
Wing walking, various locations
It’s a vintage favourite among adrenaline activities but still one with a huge rush. Wing ‘walking’ involves standing on the outside of a biplane and performing flying circus-style moves for watching friends and relatives. Once you’ve clocked up some experience, you can return for the chance to turn upside down as the plane loops the loop. Extreme adventures don’t get much more fun. Just try not to catch flies in your grin!
UK’s highest bungee, Bray Lake, Berkshire
A calm lake surrounded by countryside makes a nice spot for a picnic… or a bungee jump! Bray Lake in Berkshire boasts the UK’s highest bungee at 300ft – the equivalent of leaping off a 30-storey building. No wonder it’s the most visited jump site in the country. In the North, there’s equal freefalling terror courtesy of the 300ft bungee on selected dates at Tatton Park, Manchester.
Indoor skydiving, Basingstoke; Manchester; Milton Keynes
Few extreme adventures are more adrenaline-pumping than skydiving, but did you know you could try it without jumping from a plane? More affordable and accessible (children and people with disabilities can join the fun), indoor skydiving involves hovering Superman-style on a cushion of air in a wind tunnel. It’s perfect for groups, so one to consider if you’re planning team-building events or hen or stag do activities with your mates. With blasts of up to 165mph, you’ll literally be blown away!
Foil surfing, Sandbanks, Dorset
Part surfing, part levitation – if you’ve witnessed the new sport of foiling you’ll no doubt be itching to give it a go. It’s ideal for windsurfers, but even beginners can have a go at floating above the water. Learn to control your motorised foil while being towed like a wakeboarder and you might just progress to kite or wing power. Sandbanks in Dorset is among locations for first-timers.