Last week, Emirates Spinnaker Tower launched a brand new adrenaline experience at the iconic waterside landmark in Portsmouth. ‘The Drop’ gives brave participants the feeling of freefall as they leap from a platform 25 metres above sea level - but they are jumping safe in the knowledge that a harness and rigging will ensure they have a safe landing.
Star guest, Jamie Jewitt of ITV’s Love Island, was at Emirates Spinnaker Tower on the morning of 21st June to ‘face the freefall’ and officially launch The Drop. Asked how he felt as his feet touched the ground, Jamie said “It was great. I feel euphoric. It’s a weird feeling. My legs are still shaking but I want to do it again!”
Tony Sammut, General Manager of Emirates Spinnaker Tower explained “The Drop is a really exciting addition to the Emirates Spinnaker Tower experience. We are delighted that a part of the tower which was previously inaccessible has been opened to the public for the first time. Thrill seekers leap from a specially installed platform which stands about twice the height of an Olympic diving board. Not to be confused with a bungee jump, I would liken it more to the kind of jump that a stunt person might do in a Hollywood movie. The cable attaches to the participant’s harness at their chest. As they leap out from the platform towards the harbour, their jump is guided to the base of the tower.
Our 100 metre abseils have proved to be incredibly popular over recent years and we’ve been keen to find a way of offering another adrenaline experience that is accessible to a much larger audience. The age range for The Drop is wider - open to children as young as 11 years - and the price of taking part is much lower - £18 for adults and £15 for 11 to 15 year olds.”
Bookings are now open. Tickets cost £18 for adults and £15 for children (11-15 years) which includes general admission to Emirates Spinnaker Tower. In the interest of safety, minimum and maximum weight restrictions apply.
Emirates Spinnaker Tower is open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm (excluding Christmas Day). See www.spinnakertower.co.uk or call 02392 857 520 to book in advance or to find out more.