Adventurer Grylls signposts his new £ 20m NEC attraction with mountain- top ‘ heli- drop’ stunt
IT is set to push daredevils to the limit, mentally and physically – and, chances are, they’ll love it!
These are the first pictures showing what The Bear Grylls Adventure attraction at the NEC will look like when it opens in 2018.
To celebrate the announcement by entertainment giants Merlin, survival specialist Bear has shot a special video signposting the launch – all the way from a Welsh mountain.
The move signals how no expense is being spared to promote the £ 20 million attraction. Bear was ‘ helidropped’ on to Cnicht in Snowdonia for the video stunt to give fans the chance to see the kind of thrills that will be on offer at the 8,000 sq metre attraction. Visitors will be able to dive, climb, iFLY ( indoor skydiving) and walk the highest free- roam high ropes in Europe.
At Basecamp, everyone can learn and practice the skills needed for any great adventure in a selection of four group and individual challenges. The Adventure site has been designed to incorporate the excitement of Bear’s real- life adventures across mountains, deserts and jungles around the world in order to let guests test and push themselves.
The five main challenges are:
Dive – experience the thrill of a new environment as you take on the ultimate deep dive experience.
Fly – iFLY Indoor skydiving which simulates the incomparable feeling of freefall.
Climb – choose a route inspired by breathtaking famous terrains, from the boulders of Fountainbleau to the face of El Capitan to the steps of Mount Everest, which Bear first climbed in 1998.
High Ropes – zip slide from a Chinook helicopter on to the most extreme high ropes action in Europe.
Basecamp – a collection of four mental, physical, group and individual challenges designed to help you learn the core skills for adventure.
Challenges come in all shapes and sizes, from conquering small spaces, heights, the dark or facing creatures head to head. By testing focus and control, by learning a new skill or pushing stamina and drive with a new activity, adventurers will be able to test self- belief and physical and mental agility.
Bear says: “I have been so lucky to experience some of the toughest environments and challenges the world has to offer. That ‘ never give up spirit’ is what I hope to inspire in as many people as possible. The scale of challenges that can be found at Bear Grylls Adventure are mind- blowing and will allow millions of others to find the courage and tenacity to conquer their own Everest.”
For updates see www. beargryllsadventure.com
How the The Bear Grylls Adventure attraction at the NEC could look and, left, Bear on Cnicht in Snowdonia