It was opened on 13th September. The finishing touches were made to the world’s first pier-to-shore zip wire, which has been opened to thrill-seekers. The last zip wire line was installed, linking up to a new zip wire tower on the end of Bournemouth Pier with a specially-created landing stage on the beach.
The ride has been funded and built by private company Openwide International, which has a lease to operate on the pier. They spent years trying to find an attraction that would draw more visitors to the pier but would not compromise the historic pier’s character. Surfing The PierZip costs £14 for ages 6 to 15 years old and Over 16´s cost £18. You can book the tickets online via their website. https://rockreef.digitickets.co.uk/tickets
The launch tower stands at the end of Bournemouth Pier at a height of 60ft (approx 18 metres), towering over the sea below. From here you take a leap of faith and step off to experience an exhilarating 820ft (250 metres) ‘zip surf’ over the waves. Furthermore, the Bournemouth Zip Wire is a dual line, meaning you can ‘race’ friends!
Have a look at the comments which the reporter Mel Vass mentioned after being the first one who tried the Bournemouth Zip Wire Line.
There was no shortage of volunteers amongst Echo reporters to be the first to try the pier to shore zip line.
´´I’ve written stories about the project from the very start and it would have felt wrong not to have had a go on the finished ride. The nerves kicked in as I navigate a narrow, open tread spiral staircase, which seems to go on forever. The green sea swirling underneath looks more and more menacing the further you climb.´´
´´At the top there’s a quick safety check but all I could feel was the wooden platform wobbling in the breeze. The gates were opened to allow our photographer to snap pictures of Gayle McDonald and myself looking suitably terrified but this came with a warning: “Don’t lean too far out girls, you could go at any time.”
´´As soon as you’re off , the adrenaline kicks in and the ride is a blast. But jumping off (or teetering off, which is more accurate in my case) is a real battle of mind over matter. It looks like an awful long way to the beach but it’s over in what seems like moments. You come into land at speed and stop with a jolt. I can hardly remember a thing about it, except for the fact it was amazing fun. I might just have to do it again.´´
So, if you want to experiment another kind of sensation in Bournemouth, do not hesitate to try Bournemouth Pier Zip Wire. You won’t regret trying this fun and exciting new attraction!!!!!
26th September to 12th October 2014
Are you ready for the arts and creativity that will be flooding Bournemouth streets during the weekends to come? Bournemouth Arts by the sea Festival is celebrated every year during September and October.
During these days you will find spontaneous performances, dances, films, visual arts, poetry, literature, music, and every kind of expressional arts that you can imagine!
Here you can download the programme so as not to miss out on any activity!
The festival is starting on the 26th September and it will last until the 12th October. To enjoy some activities you may have to pay a small amount of money to contribute to the art preservation in Bournemouth. However there are plenty of activities that are totally free! So I have collected a list of some of the free activities that are a must see!
Fri 26 Sep 14 – Sun 28 Sep 14, Fri 6-9pm, Sat 1-9pm and Sun 1-6pm. Lower Gardens, Bournemouth
The Vintage Mobile Cinema returns with animations and short films suitable for all the family.
THE GREAT BOAT RACE
Sat 27 Sep 14, 2-5pm
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth.
Join RIBA architects and AUB students build a boat out of recycled materials
Sat 27 Sep 14, 2-6pm
The Square, Bournemouth
Heading the retro line up in the Square will be jive band The Regular Joes.
Sat 27 Sep 14, 12 pm – 9 pm
Horseshoe Common, Bournemouth.
Bournemouth Street Food
Wed 01 Oct 14, 5 pm -Midnight
60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth
Art for Revival – in aid of the Gaza
Sat 04 Oct 14 – Sun 12 Oct 14
Highlighting Boscombe’s local talent, resources, heritage, galleries, creative spaces, pop ups, performance and live art throughout Boscombe.
Thu 09 Oct 14 – Sat 11 Oct 14
The Old School House, Boscombe
As part of Bournemouth Emerging Art Fringe Festival, Bournemouth Independent Film Festival 2014 will run for three days with short films selection and few master classes.
I hope you enjoy the Arts Festival and let your creative side grow up!