If you’ve got an active family chomping at the bit each weekend, frothing for something fun and challenging, booking in a day at the Adrenalin Quarry in Cornwall is an absolute must!
THE ZIP - Jump off a 50m cliff and ride a super long zip line of 490 metres over water at up to 40mph!
The ZIP was, without doubt, our favourite as a young family. What I loved was that THE ZIP is actually two parallel zips which makes putting your child on and being able to do it alongside them just brilliant. Plus dual zips means the queue shrinks rapidly so nervous waiting times are kept to a minimum.
Whilst 7-year old Minnie was bursting with enthusiasm, 5-year old Bo was steadfastly refusing to participate (we had showed them the website videos before setting off - perhaps not the best move!).
Harnessed in and weighed, the attentive staff calculate the correct ballast of water for Minnie, pumping it into a barrel for her to ride astride. The 50m drop was sobering, the platform bearing more than a resemblance of the hang man’s gallows, however encouraging your child beside you is a welcome distraction from the gaping abyss. On the count of three, I step into the air & my daughter is released. Wind buffets our faces as we whizz along at exhilarating speed. Beaming, our eyes connect. Before us the lush forest and the emerald quarry water sparkle in the sun. The second half of the zip takes you so low over the water you almost dip the surface. Before you know it you’ve reached the far end of the shore and, on touch down, Adrenalin Quarry staff are there to see you safely ashore and unharness you. Breathless with the thrill of it, I can assure you, you’ll be straight back to the top for a second go.
To bolster 5-year old Bo’s confidence we watched several young children harness in & one by one watched them fly down. Bo did waver but fear of the drop proved too much, and we weren’t going to force her. There’s a small playground at the top, safely on the other side of reception. She was happy to play there with one of us while the other two jumped.
Next we tried THE BIG SWING, which is NOT for the faint hearted. Whilst THE ZIP is an adventurous enjoyable ride, THE BIG SWING is another beast altogether and only for serious thrill seekers!
THE BIG SWING – 50m high, free fall into a giant pendulum 160ft over the quarry
I had vowed beforehand that I would happily sit this one out, but my oldest completely unfazed egged me on. Harnessed onto a metal bar, legs dangling, we were winched backwards agonizingly slowly. My heart beating furiously, the miniature staff, growing tinier by the minute called up we’d just passed the halfway mark! What!? This was seriously high and really scary! At 90 degrees to the ground, the winch ceased. The momentary sickening wait is hard to bear. Hearts pounding, stomachs turning, an audible metallic click releases us and we drop into free fall - a few seconds of sheer terror before flying out over the edge of the quarry, 160ft over the lake. Both in shock and breathless, we fly backwards and horrifyingly realize that it’s going to take us over the edge again with no obvious slowing down! The second pendulum, equally hideous, finally slows into a gentle oscillation much to our relief. Phenomenally hair raising this ride takes guts to go on and promises a thrill of epic proportions – perfect for teenagers. The video of the ordeal (horrorcam!) is a perfect souvenir to take home.
The Giant Swing - half way point being winched up
The Adrenalin Quarry also offer coasteering and THE BLOB for ages 10+ (a giant inflatable which propels you into the lake when another jumps on it). With sheer cliffs to climb, hurl yourself off into the water below. The newest addition to the Adrenalin Quarry is AXE THROWING! (min age 12). I can imagine how much teenagers would love this to vent their angst!
Verdict: An adventure playground set in stunning countryside, we can thoroughly recommend families with active children to put it on their agenda. The attention to detail and safety by the young, enthusiastic staff was impressive, making us feel completely safe and unrushed at all times. There’s no need to book and there’s something for all ages (The Zip securely taking children as young as 2 if they have the bottle to jump!) Take a picnic to chill out at the lake’s edge to relax after the thrill of the action. Adrenalin Quarry - we can't wait to come back!
01579 308 204 - Open every day from 10am – 5pm
Family ticket - The Zip - £50.00 (2 adults & up to 4 children (under 18) one ride each)
Individual Zip - £12.50 each, second go £7.00
Family ticket - The Swing £60.00 (2 adults & up to 4 children (under 18) one ride each)
Individual Swing - £15 each (no-body ever wants a second go!)
Coasteering £40 per person
The Family Freestylers are us - the Nixon family, who relish travel adventures both near & far