You don’t have to be a thrill seeker to enjoy the odd adrenaline rush. Doing something exciting that gets your heartrate pumping can be as much about having a great time as it is about challenging your limits. Whether you choose to enjoy a high octane experience day or visit one of the country’s amazing theme parks, there are plenty of ways to get your adrenaline fix in the UK. Here are 13 ideas that could be perfect for you.
1. Indoor ice climbing
Did you know that you can go ice climbing in the UK? Visit one of the indoor ice walls and you can take on a challenge only encountered by experienced mountaineers and adventurers. You’ll be trained in the art of ice climbing and will attempt to scale the sheer ice.
2. Try flyboarding
Flyboarding is something that you should try even if you’re not so keen on adrenaline. Out in the water you will be strapped to a board that looks like a skateboard. The board then shoots a powerful stream of water from two nozzles beneath your feet. You’ll rise out of the water and float in the air – it’s a sensation unlike anything else you’ve experienced.
3. Bungee jumping
Bungee jumping is one of the classic adrenaline rush activities, but if you’ve never tried it before you should really give it a go. There are plenty of locations around the UK so choose one that’s near to you and take the plunge.
4. Watch something scary
It should be noted that you don’t have to take on some sort of extreme activity to get an adrenaline rush. It can be just as effective to choose a horror film at your local cinema. Horror films tap into something inside of us – we know that it’s not real but we can’t help but feel terror as we watch. Choose a movie with great jump scares for a good adrenaline spike.
The UK’s less –than-perfect weather can be used to your advantage. If you’re looking for an adrenaline fix on a windy day, you can head to the coast to enjoy some windsurfing. Once you’ve learned the basics, you can develop your skills out of the water.
6. Wing walking
Looking for something a bit different? Wing walking is an unforgettable adrenaline pumping experience. You’ll be taken up in a specially designed plane while strapped to the top of a wing. You’ll feel like you’re walking on air.
7. White water rafting
You might not be aware that the UK has some incredible locations for white water rafting. Battle against the fast flowing water for a truly thrilling couple of hours.
8. Scuba diving
Once again, scuba diving in the UK is truly underrated. Whether you choose to head out to sea to visit an impressive shipwreck such as those in the Scapa Flow, or visit an inland diving centre such as the flooded quarry at Capernwray, you’ll have an amazing time.
9. Visit a theme park
Prefer to get your thrills away from the water? Visit a big name theme park like Alton Towers or Thorpe Park to experience some of the best rollercoasters and thrill rides anywhere in the world. This is a great way to combine your adrenaline rush with a fun day out.
10. Segway ride
If you’ve never tried riding a Segway before, now is the perfect time. These are surprisingly versatile and powerful machines that can handle bumpy trails through the wilderness. This makes them perfect as your transport across the countryside.
11. Jet ski
Jet skiing is undoubtedly one of the most fun and thrilling water sports. Zooming across the surface of the water, it’s easy to master the basics so you can get straight out to have some fun as fast as possible.
12. Zombie experience
What could be a better thrill than to be chased by zombies? If you enjoy zombie movies or TV shows, you can enjoy a taste of what it would be like to be stalked by the undead. Take an airsoft gun and be thrust into a fun zombie battling experience – there are locations across the UK that put on this sort of event.
Indoor skydiving simulates the experience of hurtling through the sky without the hassle or risk of having to actually jump out of a plane. It can be just as thrilling to feel the power of the vertical wind tunnel keeping you afloat.
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What you need to know:
Mike James is a Brighton based writer with a fearless sense of adrenalised activities. With over 50 bungee jumps, 10 skydives and many other experiences to his name, there aren’t many things he wouldn’t try – provided they are relatively safe. Working with Into the Blue on many of these activities, Mike loves to encourage others to push their limits and step outside of one’s comfort zone!