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Things To Do: Plymouth

Plymouth has seen big changes over the past decade with millions invested in the arts, tourist attractions & regeneration. It’s Devon’s top destination city, a gate-way to Cornwall & a centre for cultural events. Must-do: see top acts at Plymouth Pavilions & new plays at the Theatre Royal, take the kids to the Aquarium & climb Smeaton’s Tower for incredible views over Plymouth Sound. That’ll keep you busy for a few days. But if you’ve reached your culture quota and want to look further afield, top of your things-to-do list should be to pop into Cornwall, home of Adrenalin Quarry. Here, you’ll find people jumping off cliffs, flying down massive zip wires, riding a giant clifftop swing, throwing axes at innocent lumps of wood, bouncing off a huge inflatable blob, coasteering in a deep, dark lake & camping out in the woods in hammocks for a rest from it all...

Adrenalin Quarry

This unique adventure park is 30 mins and 17 miles’ drive from Plymouth down the A38 near Menheniot Liskeard. It’s a noted beauty spot and site of special scientific interest, easy to get to but totally concealed from its surroundings. The old flooded quarry has sheer cliffs on three sides surrounding a deep lake. When you arrive it’s like entering a set from Jurassic Park.

It’s run by a professional, welcoming team who know what they’re doing. They’ve spent the last 10 years thinking up new ways to fill the quarry with rides and attractions, terrifying and intriguing in equal measure. Their tagline says, ‘Throwing people off cliffs since 2009’ which gives you an idea of the way they do things. Every year, they add something new. Here’s what’s up for 2017:

Fly Down The Zip Over a Flooded Quarry

This is for anyone 2 years to 94. No, really. Those are the actual ages of visitors who’ve taken the leap. Jump off a cliff at the quarry’s highest point, and fly 0.5km over the lake to the welcome relief of a large flat lawn at the bottom. With 2 cables, you can fly down with family or friends, reaching top speeds of 40mph. It’s the UK’s only zip wire venue where you can just turn up and fly. No need to book. No hassle.


Ride The Giant Swing

You’re 50 metres above the lake, hoisted near 90 degrees. You’re looking down, waiting for the release. Whoever’s with you, you’re still alone. Then the swing is triggered and you go from maximum G to pure freefall in seconds. The cliff edge rushes at you, then you’re out over water. Zero gravity for a welcome second, then you’re falling backwards and you know it’s going to happen again. No booking required. Just turn up and hope for the best.


Go Coasteering

Adrenalin Quarry is Cornwall’s only coasteering venue where kids 10 or over are welcome. Advance booking required. Experienced AALA qualified instructors guide you every step and jump. Safety is top priority, but you’re there for fun, not rules. Push yourself as hard or as gently as you want. Traverse cliffs and jump off them. Try wild swimming. Go toe-to-toe with the ‘Widowmaker’ (33ft) if you can face it, or save your energy for The Blob...


Do The Blob

The infamous Blob. The notorious coasteering endgame is a giant inflatable sausage that wants to be a catapult. Get fired into the sky by a mate or vindictive child, hang in the air like roadrunner, prepare for the inevitable splashdown. You’ll get your turn at revenge...The Blob is a phenomenal buzz and it’s the only one in the UK. Enough reason alone to venture out of Plymouth and over the Tamar.


Try Axe Throwing

‘Like archery, but with axes’ they say. Chuck them at targets, see if they stick. That’s it. No life lessons – learning how to do this won’t make the world a better place. But the thwack as blade hits stump is pure primeval satisfaction. Great activity for groups and families. Get stuck in.


Go Wild Camping in the Woods

You won’t find tents here – you can get in a tent anywhere. And it’s not glamping. Don’t use that word around these parts. Here, you get to stare at the stars as you doze off in your hammock between the trees, protected only by custom-built cover. Your dinner is served in front of an open fire. Wake up to a cooked breakfast made for you by chef. Proper wild, proper Cornish.


A Free Day Out Near Plymouth

There’s no admission charge and you can just rock up, hang around and see other people being active while you do the hard work over a barbecue. Bring your own or get it done for you – book BBQ here).

In the summer, the big lawn by the lake fills with families and couples wild swimming, watching the world fly by and chilling. Bring your friends or your children, eat top food, get involved or get some shut eye. There are loads of things to do, but no pressure to do them.

And that’s the thing about Adrenalin Quarry – it’s what you make it. Whatever your Plymouth plans, give this unique attraction a visit on a rainy day, a sunny day or one of those in-between mizzly days. It won’t matter, the end result’s the same.

Mix and match your quality time to the max. Turn up before noon and get the early bird prices – £2.50 discount – then crack on to Bodmin Moor perhaps. Or, waste a lazy morning lapping up the Plymouth cafe culture (with a few cakes thrown in) then burn it all off come afternoon by the quarry lake or 150ft above it.

World-Class Cliff Diving Near Plymouth?

Yep. Adrenalin Quarry does that as well. Watch elite Red Bull, FINA & WHDF cliff divers practising from the 16, 20 & 24 metre platforms. In 2018, Adrenalin Quarry will be an official UK FINA competition venue and training facility.

Stag and Hen Do’s at Adrenalin Quarry, Cornwall

You can do everything listed above on your Stag or Hen do – on steroids.


Find Adrenalin Quarry near Plymouth

Lower Clicker Road
Menheniot, Near Liskeard
Cornwall PL14 3PJ


Call: 01579 308 204



More Things to Do Near Plymouth

Kartworld - (right beside Adrenalin Quarry and brilliant fun). Race family and friends on an 800m all-weather outdoor track. It’s fast.

Dartmoor National Park - See the famous Dartmoor ponies up close, take on the tors, roam around neolithic monuments. Bring a picnic, go explore.

The Amazing Cornish Maize Maze - While away a day trying to find your way around a giant maze, made out of maize. This year’s theme is Baah Wars.

Carnglaze Caverns - beautiful, spooky caves in lovely grounds, easy to get to off the A38. Check their website for events - it’s a unique music & theatre venue carved deep into the hills.

Trago Mills - a pasty’s throw from Carnglaze, Trago is a legend in Cornwall. Nestled in the Glyn Valley, again just of the A38, it’s shopping heaven, or hell if you’re just tagging along. Visitors and locals flock in their thousands to buy anything from grouting to guitars. Just know that time doesn’t really work in Trago. You may lose hours. You may never come out again.

Bodmin Moor - Since you’re coming this way anyway, if you’re not too shaken you could carry on west a bit then chuck a north onto the moors. There’s lots to climb & explore, so give yourself ample time. Bleakly beautiful, a good spot to let the kids run wild. Make sure you get to the top of the Cheesewring for your hero shot. Keep an eye on the weather.

Plymouth TIC - definitely worth paying a visit. Helpful staff with deep knowledge of everything going on around Plymouth.


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