Landsec has announced the opening of two ‘UK first’ attractions at Bluewater, Kent as the destination expands its partnership with Hangloose Adventures.

Europe’s biggest purpose-built giant swing, standing at 46-metres tall, will open at Bluewater this month. Skydive, a free-fall experience not found anywhere else in Europe, and the UK’s only outdoor sky dive machine, will follow later this summer.

Riders enjoy Europe’s largest swing ride, as it opens to the public for the first time at the Hangloose Adventure Bluewater, Kent. John Nguyen/PA Wire

The announcement builds on a successful first year for Hangloose’s initial attraction Skywire, the longest zip wire in England, which has welcomed 30,000 guests since launching at Bluewater last June. Landsec will continue to work with Hangloose to expand its offering, with up to five more experiences set to open at the centre by 2024: a bungee tower, giant slide, clip and climb, waterdrop boulding wall, and Via Ferrata, a route-marked climb using metal rails and rungs embedded in Bluewater’s cliff walls.


Mark Warne, Brand Account Director F&B and Leisure at Landsec commented: “Delivering new experiences which are unique to Bluewater is central to our overall offer for guests. Hangloose’s innovative concept raises the bar when it comes to leisure attractions and draws guests from across the UK to Kent. By partnering with Hangloose to grow their business and create shared value, we’ll be able to give guests even more exciting experiences every time they visit.”

Brian Phelps, MD of Hangloose Adventure, said: “Since the beginning, we’ve worked closely with Landsec to grow our leisure concept and drive performance, putting us in a unique position where we’re able to expand our offer after only a year. We’ve enjoyed great success at Bluewater so far and are already thinking about how we can provide even bigger and better experiences in the future.”