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Need some excitement after months in lockdown? You'll be pleased to know England’s ‘longest and fastest’ is opening to the public next month.
Thrill-seekers can try the Skywire at Bluewater Shopping Centre in Dartford, Kent, this May.
They can whiz down 725 metres of zipline that overlooks stunning scenery and lakes.
It is the first attraction to open at the out-of-town Shopping Centre’s new 'Hangloose Adventure' centre.
According to Essex Live, the activity area will also include the UK’s only outdoor skydive machine, climbing, giant swing and much more.
Prices for Skywire start at £50, although you can grab a discount by securing an early bird ticket.
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.”
Brian Phelps, MD of Hangloose Adventure, said: “It’s very exciting that we are now so close to opening. It’s been hard work. But if it was easy, everyone would be doing it!”
Stage 2 of Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown will begin on April 12 at the earliest.
Non-essential shops will reopen, along with personal care premises like hairdressers and nail salons.
Public buildings, such as libraries and museums, can welcome the public again.
And those looking forward to trying out the Skywire will be pleased to know most outdoor attractions and settings will be opened up.
This includes hospitality, zoos and theme parks.
Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings, with no indoor mixing between households.
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- Boris Johnson
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