Don’t look down!By Emma
Scaring yourself is fun!
Treat yourself to a bit of a fright at one of these adrenaline-charged attractions.
Go Ape is an outdoor adventure. In 27 forest locations around the country you can walk through the tree tops along a high wire. You’ll face zip wires, rickety walkways too, all whilst you’re metres up in the air. It is also your responsibility to hook and unhook yourself onto the safety ropes for each separate challenge, which gives the fear an extra edge for most people (don’t worry, it is very safe).
You can spend the whole day at Alton Towers exploiting your fear of heights to scare yourself. Oblivion, the ultimate ride, leaves you hovering vertically face down over a big black drop for a few seconds before rushing to the ground. Their newest rollercoaster ride, Thi3teen, includes steep drops and unexpected plummets and twists too. Staffordshire.
UK Sky Diving, which is run by British Parachuting Association qualified instructors, has 20 centres nationwide where you can chuck yourself out of a plane. Tandem jumps take place from around 10,000 to 12,000ft, prices range around the £250 mark.
Thorpe Park has scary ass rides. Saw Alive sounds absolutely horrendous. The ride pulls you up and then drops you down a vertical 100 ft drop, at speeds of around 50mph. It falls through rotating blades to really scare you which they say ‘unleashes extreme horror’.
Surge is Thorpe Park’s newest ride. It is a cross between a log flume and a rollercoaster with a 64 ft spiralling descent which you spin down in your raft. Surrey.
Drayton Manor Park has some impressively terrifying rides, which you can watch in action on their website to build up the fear! They’ve amusingly roped in as many C-List celebs as possible to film screaming on the rides. Apocalypse is a huge drop tower from which you fall straight down nearly 50 metres. Maelstrom is very hardcore. This stomach churning gyro-swing twists you up and over in the air at around 16 metres high and on an axis swing of around 22m. Because you face outwards you get the real rush of falling. Staffordshire.
UK Bungee Jump
You don’t have to travel internationally to throw yourself into the air with a rope tied to your legs. Jump heights range from 160ft to 400ft and prices start at as cheap as £50. UK Bungee Jumps have many sites around the country and their indoor centre is in Rotherham.
The UK’s longest zip wire can be found stretched over a flooded quarry in Cornwall, at nearly 500m long, you can hurtle along at up to 40mph, at a height of up to 50m. Their new attraction this year is the Giant Swing, which is placed near the edge of a cliff over the 150ft deep quarry, so when you swing you feel very high! Cornwall.