Award-winning activity centre, Calvert Kielder has announced the arrival of its latest attraction the ‘Kielder ZipCoaster’, Europe’s first AvatarOne™ roller coaster zipwire.
The AvatarOne™ patented technology mimics the ups, downs, twists and turns of a rollercoaster and the free-flying sensation of a zipwire to give riders the ultimate experience.
Using an adapted roller coaster rail, the custom-built ‘Kielder ZipCoaster’ sees thrill-seekers harnessed into a seated position as they glide amongst the trees, dipping and twisting at speeds of up to 20mph.
Peter Cockerill, CEO at Calvert Kielder said: “We are delighted to share news of the ‘Kielder ZipCoaster’. It has taken months and months of hard work and determination from the team so we’re all now absolutely ecstatic to be able to finally confirm what we’ve been working so hard on and see the project nearing completion.
“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve the Calvert experience here in Kielder. We heard about the ZipCoaster in Florida and knew that we had to bring it to the UK. Visitors can expect a really exhilarating new experience."
The Netherlands-based SkyWalker Adventure Builders team worked exclusively with Calvert Kielder to deliver the bespoke ride, which includes a 270-degree bend and zero gravity drop, in order to make the most of the stunning surroundings and fantastic views on offer.
Peter continued: “We are very grateful to our funders for their financial backing and unwavering belief in our work, without them this venture would simply not be possible. And I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our visitors and guests, as their continued custom and support goes towards developing the offering we have here at Calvert Kielder.
“We now can’t wait to open our doors to visitors who want to experience the thrill of the ride, even our staff can’t wait to have go and experience the unique ride for themselves!”
The build of the Kielder ZipCoaster is almost complete, with operational testing and staff training taking place across April. The attraction is hoped to be open by early May.
The only AvatarOne™ outdoor attraction of its kind within the UK, the Kielder ZipCoaster will become part of Calvert Kielder’s activity offering to customers, who can also take part in other challenging activities including zipwire, high ropes, king swing, climbing walls, canoeing, kayaking and much more.
In line with the organisation’s commitment to accessibility the ride will be suitable for all abilities with a dedicated lift enabling wheelchair users to also use the ride from early summer.
Calvert Kielder provides the opportunity to access a range of inspiring and increasingly challenging experiences and activities. The centre also boasts several accommodation options and home to the SkyDen, a unique tree-house collaboration with TV’s George Clarke.
If you are interested in being one of the first to ride the Kielder ZipCoaster launch, follow ‘Kielder ZipCoaster’ on Facebookor Twitter or sign up to the mailing list here: http://www.calvert-trust.org.uk/kielder/kielder-zipcoaster-1