UK-Based Adrenaline Activities for an Extreme Bank Holiday

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If the thought of spending another Easter break stuffing yourself with chocolate eggs and sitting in front of the bank holiday TV doesn’t appeal, you might want to give one of these exciting activities a try. From zip wires to zombies, all of these activities are guaranteed to get the heart racing – and are open over the Easter break as well.

 

Ride Europe’s longest and fastest zip wire

Fancy flying face-down and head-first along Europe’s longest and fastest zip wire? Then you’re in luck, because you can find this experience at Zip World in Bathesda, Wales. Climb up to the Big Top, enjoying views of the Menai Straits and Anglesey as you go, before strapping in and launching yourself downhill at over 100mph. The zip wire stretches almost a mile, and passes over the historic Penrhyn Quarry at a height of 500ft. It’s hard to believe that the whole thing is over in roughly a minute.

 

Hit the waves in Cornwall

It might still be spring, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to surf – especially if you head south to England’s sunny (well, sunniest) coast. Extreme Academy in Cornwall has everything you need to get on the water this Easter break – from high-quality wetsuits to keep you toasty in the sea, to heated changing facilities and hot showers just off the beach for afterwards.

 

Walk on the wings of an aeroplane

Learn how to wingwalk with the award-winning Aerosuperbatics at their private airfield in the heart of the Cotswolds. After on-the-ground training with a professional Breitling Wingwalker, you take to the skies atop a miniature biplane, where you will experience a variety of exciting flight stunts, including flypasts, steep dives, zoom climbs and banks.

Go off-road in the Highlands

For the ultimate off-road experience, head north to the Scottish Highlands – in particular, the Land Rover Experience Scotland activity centre. From its base on the banks of Butterstone Loch, you can explore over 70 miles of upland forest and moorland tracks, not to mention off-road facilities that include a swamp, rock crawl, sand pit and obstacle/assault course.

 

Climb a wall of ice

The UK might not be renowned for its ice climbing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give it a go at one of the Vertical Chill indoor ice climbing walls in London and Manchester. Each wall reaches a height of 8m, and includes gradients and routes appropriate to people of all abilities, from complete beginners to experienced winter climbers.

 

Brave the UK’s highest bungee jump

This 300ft. bungee jump splits its time between two locations: Tatton Park near Manchester and Bray Lake near Windsor. However, if your idea of an ideal Easter Sunday is hurling yourself 300ft. off a giant crane and hoping for the best, it’s the latter you should head to – there are still jump spaces available through UK Bungee Club. Choose between a single or tandem jump, or for a real thrill, opt for the FAB jump, in which you jump once forwards and then again backwards.

 

Tube down the River Dee

If you think white water rafting looks a little on the easy side, then river tubing is for you. And where better to try your hand at tubing than Llangollen Outdoors in Wales – the UK’s only natural white water centre. Travel along 3km of river, manoeuvring your own craft through some of the river’s mightiest rapids, while enjoying the stunning scenery of Snowdonia.

 

Sail across the sands of Kent

Reach speeds in excess of 40mph, just by harnessing the power of the wind, at Fishy’s Land Yachts, an activity centre based on Kent’s beautiful Greatstone Beach. After tuition in driving and stopping techniques, which you can practice on a specially designed course before moving on to the open beach, where the wide swathes of sand really let you see what your land yacht can do.

 

Hover over water with a jetpack

For a true James Bond experience, head to Ride Leisure in Bedfordshire to spend a day with the UK’s only JetLev-Flyer team. A JetLev is essentially a water-powered jetpack that’s made in Germany – if you wanted to buy your own, it would set you back approximately £85,000. Fortunately, at Ride Leisure, you can simply try one out for the day, and in the process, discover what it really feels like to levitate 10m above the water at speeds of up to 50mph.

 

Aqualine across Calvine Canyon

Test your balance and courage on the world’s first – and only – commercial above-water slack line. Located at Nae Limits in central Scotland, this aqualining activity lets you try your hand at crossing Calvine Canyon on nothing more than a narrow piece of webbing. Don’t worry though – they teach you the basics of cliff jumping beforehand, so you’re well-prepared for that moment when you inevitably fall into the water.

 

Survive a zombie apocalypse

Enjoy an Easter Sunday with a difference at The Last Survivors: Outpost 16, one of the most realistic (and terrifying) zombie survival experiences around. Head 100ft. underground at a decommissioned nuclear fallout bunker, where you’ll step into a two-hour battle against the undead, armed with nothing but a torch, an airsoft/BB gun, and whatever you can pick up along the way. Do you have what it takes to survive?

 

Soar like a bird over the South Downs

Experience complete weightlessness in your very own paraglider at Airworks Paragliding Centre, Sussex. If you want to learn how to pilot your own vehicle, you can take a one or two-day introductory course, which will usually see you airborne by lunch. Alternatively, if you want to get a full taste of what a paraglider can do, sign up for a tandem flight with an instructor and experience the exhilaration all day long.


As you can see, there are plenty of exciting, adrenaline-fueled activities in the UK that will ensure you enjoy an Easter break with a difference. Tweet us what you’re getting up to this Bank Holiday @WoodhouseTweets.

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