Holidaying with teenagers often requires careful planning so they don’t get bored and hopefully leave you all with happy memories which they’ll hold dear before they fly the nest and embark on their own urge to travel with friends. So on a recent mini break to Cornwall we broke away from the surfing and spent the day at Hangloose on the outer skirts of The Eden Project.
Quite a new development, Hangloose gives you the promise of an adrenalin fuelled day for all the family providing you’re above 8 years and up for flying Superman style along the 660 metres of England’s longest and fastest zip wire. Set at 97 metres high, you glide over The Eden Project reaching speeds of up to 60 miles an hour!
I didn’t actually tell the boys all this until afterwards, not that the oldest would’ve minded in the slightest, it would’ve given him serious bragging rights, but I knew the tween would be a little nervous. But knowing that the adrenalin rush would set him up for the rest of the adventures on offer, I thought holding back on the full details was the best thing to do. And I was right.
Booking In To Hangloose
The warm welcome from Snuggles *not his real name, obs* and Chelle, booked us / them all in, where I signed they’re lives away on a dotted line and hired some gadgets to hold their cameras to the helmets so they could film the whole ride. I bowed out of the fun for the day as chief in charge of the camera and Toddler, truth be told I get wobbly on a bridge and was in no rush to face my fears, I’ll leave that for my 50th bucket list maybe.
After lots of stringent checks and tension building waits, my boys and man were whisked off in a red van to the starting line, just viewable in the distance from the viewing platforms where the Toddler and I waited. The next time I would see them they would be exhilarated and buzzing from a well-earned achievement under their belts.
The Tween’s face was my favourite part of the whole day as he uncontrollably beamed at me from the finishing line. He’s in the crux of teendom moods where he practices nonchalance and ‘am I bovered? whenever he remembers that he’s only 11 months away from the big 13. So to see him smiling and wanting to join in with the other activities was an absolute pleasure.
Up next; Gravity, The Drop, and Big Air
Once all my adrenalin junkies were helped out of their harness’ it was straight over to Big Air when they climbed a 115 foot tower and jumped out of it on to a giant air bag. Not having seen them at their highest on the zip wire, it was a somewhat nerve biting experience seeing your nearest and dearest doing something so dangerous. My only coping mechanism was to watch it all behind a lens and distract myself with a wandering toddler. The boys counted this as the next best thing after the Zip wire.
After a quick lunch stop at the cafe situated by the shop in The Eden Project ( you don’t need to buy an Eden Project ticket for the cafe) it was back up to Hangloose to queue up for Gravity; a giant swing taking you 9 metres in the air above the cliff edge with a 50 mph free fall back to earth.
Enjoy the view if you can, because before you know it you’ll be leaving your stomach behind in a breath-taking 50mph free fall back towards the Earth. This was the one activity where you’d hear the odd scream throughout the day.
It was a quiet journey home after an amazing day and the professionalism and friendliness of all the staff was to be commended and I’m sure is what took the edge off any nerves my guys had. If you’re holidaying with teenagers in Cornwall this is must do attraction.
We were given complimentary tickets for the activities at Hangloose for the purpose of this review. All words, videos and photos are my own.