We went on Blackpool’s Star Flyer ride and it’s higher than it looks

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The Star Flyer ride has come to Blackpool lifting riders up 60 metres into the air, so naturally we wanted to give it a go too to see what all the buzz was about.

 

The Star Flyer ride on Blackpool's sea front opposite the Tower
The Star Flyer ride on Blackpool’s sea front opposite the Tower

It will be hard to find a local in Blackpool who hasn’t heard the term ‘Star Flyer’ or ‘Europe’s biggest swing ride’ because this brand new addition to the sea front has definitely caught much attention.

The Star Flyer ride was initially planned for St John’s Square in Blackpool but after a series of safety concerns, the ride was forced to find a more suitable spot.

Having travelled all the way from Holland, organisers were able to secure a front row seat along the seafront and directly opposite the Tower.

With so much talk already going on about the ride, we decided to head down ourselves to take a look at it and even hop to give it a try.

Despite it being a cold Monday morning (November 22), small crowds gathered along the Promenade to witness the ride in its full glory and watch as people stepped up to the plate and braved the skyscraper heights.

The sheer size of the ride is certainly daunting at first but with an ever so slightly shaking hand, we paid the man in the box the £7.50 ticket fee and were escorted to our seat.

Like many swing rides, the swing consisted of two seats, meaning holding someone’s hand for moral support is definitely an option. Riders are then secured in by a metal bar clipped into place by staff working on the ride.

Seats on the Star Flyer, Europe's biggest swing ride
Seats on the Star Flyer, Europe’s biggest swing ride

With loud music booming in your ears, the excitement soon builds and then the adrenaline sets in as an ominous countdown begins.

Seconds later, your’e lifted up in the air to the top 60 metre mark and what feels like touching distance from the tower itself.

One thing is for certain, anyone with a fear of heights should avoid this ride- there’s no questioning the fact that this ride is high.

If you’re brave enough to look, the views from the swing are spectacular despite making your head spin. What was a big surprise was the speed of the ride – it was faster than expected, not enough to be a ‘scary’ ride but certainly one to avoid heading on to with a full stomach.

Making the circular laps, dangling meters above the sea and the Comedy Carpet, gliding through the air was both an amazing yet eye-watering experience and one that might have been more enjoyable had it been a tad warmer- not fault of the ride of course.

The spinning, did, ever so slightly get a bit much but thankfully, only minutes later the ride came to a halt as riders were gradually lowered and feet were firmly back on the ground.

Europe's biggest swing ride has come to Blackpool
Europe’s biggest swing ride has come to Blackpool

Big grins were plastered all over the faces of spectators and even the riders as everyone got their shaky legs to take them down the steps and back on the Promenade.

Whilst it is definitely not one for young children, this ride is certainly one to try for the grown ups and would be a perfect stop on an evening in Blackpool for a group of friends when the illuminations are blazing.

The Star Flyer is now up with Blackpool’s other iconic attractions that just have to be put on every bucket list and for us, we can officially tick that off.

Would you be brave enough to try out Europe’s biggest swing ride?