Date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 17:00

The Eden Project has opened the longest zip wire in England, giving visitors an exhilarating ride across the top of the world-famous Biomes.

The new attraction, known as the SkyWire, was launched today (Tuesday July 17) by Marco Fiera from the world-renowned contemporary circus NoFit State who are performing at Eden this summer. Marco was suspended from the SkyWire in between the iconic Biomes while seated on his Penny Farthing.
Gaynor Coley, Eden’s Chief Executive, Enterprise, then took the maiden flight on the SkyWire.

Gaynor Coley said: “The SkyWire has many meanings to us here at Eden. Not only does it give an exhilarating ride to thrill seekers visiting the project but it also represents the risks people take to be successful in an ever-changing world.

“The SkyWire is about reaching for the sky, taking opportunities and embracing challenges and we look forward to many people enjoying the ride.”

High above the millions of plants at Eden, flying visitors will gain a new perspective on the breath-taking landscape of the project, with its many seasonal colours, sculptures and world-famous architecture. On a clear day they will get a view of St. Austell Bay and the beautiful countryside that surrounds Eden.

Strapped into a safety harness and suspended from a wire spanning the width of Eden’s 35 acre pit, visitors can experience the 660m long zip wire giving thrill seekers a full minute to whizz over the rooftop of the Rainforest and the Mediterranean Biome.

SkyWire is the latest installation of adventurous activities at Eden, complementing the Rock Wall and the Bouldering Wall for visitors who are hunting down extreme sports in Cornwall. Eden also offers climbing and bouldering courses for people wishing to further their skills in the sports. Over the winter months, Eden’s ice-rink adds to the excitement, running from October through to February.

SkyWire costs £5 on top of the Eden entrance price and £10 if visitors are not entering the Eden site on the day. More information can be found at: www.edenproject.com/skywire.

NoFit State Circus, the leading large-scale contemporary circus company in the UK are bringing their breath-taking fusion of circus, music, dance and drama to the Eden Project with their new BIANCO show following the success of Labyrinth in 2011. Performances start on 28 July and finish on 2 September. Tickets can be bought at www.edenbookings.com.