Friday, September 19, 2014 - 17:00

The Eden Project is launching Gravity, a giant three person swing positioned on the edge of the Eden pit, on Saturday, September 20.

Thrill-seekers will be dropped from a height of 20 metres and swing over the edge of a large lake with spectacular views over the Biomes.

People who ride on Gravity will plummet to earth at a staggering 50mph and will be subjected to forces in the region of 2G. This is more extreme than the G-force produced by a Bugatti Veyron – the world’s fastest road-legal production car – at maximum acceleration.

Gravity is the sister experience to the SkyWire, England’s longest and fastest zip wire. The SkyWire offers spectacular views over Eden and more than 40,000 people have flown on the SkyWire since it opened in 2012.

Mike Olivant, who runs the SkyWire and Gravity, said: “Gravity is a great new addition to Eden and offers a thrilling, some might say scary ride for those brave enough to have a go.

“While our SkyWire is an exhilarating experience, Gravity takes things up a notch and is something like a mix between a bungee jump and being shot out of a cannon. It’s certainly not for those of a nervous disposition but is an incredible experience for anyone looking for thrills.”

A ride on Gravity costs £10 per person and a maximum of three people can ride at once. Combined tickets which allow rides on both Gravity and the SkyWire cost £22, a discount of £3.

The minimum age for Gravity is eight and there is no minimum weight. Maximum weight is 120kg (19st). Those who want to ride on Gravity need to complete a health questionnaire beforehand.