A THRILLING new attraction that is sure to inspire the spirit of adventure of Stockton Borough’s residents is set to open alongside the River Tees.
Air Trail Tees Barrage, standing at 18 metres tall and with 38 different challenges set over four floors, will open to the public on Saturday (13 February).
The high ropes course is the tallest of its kind in Europe and the only facility in the world that can be found alongside an Olympic standard white water course.
There’s also adventures to be found for smaller explorers with the Air Tykes course which sits directly underneath the main structure.
The Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Ian Dalgarno, ceremonially opened the attraction today (Tuesday 9 February) at a special preview event. During the event, pupils from St Patrick’s RC Primary School in Thornaby tackled Air Trail while nursery children from Wynyard Church of England Primary School ventured onto the Air Tykes mini course.
Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “Air Trail Tees Barrage is a unique addition to Stockton Borough’s leisure offer and it will also greatly complement the rafting and canoeing course to make a visit for all the family really special.
“I am positive that the facility will also attract visitors from the North East region and beyond and provide a boost for the local economy. We also know there are many physical and psychological benefits to keeping fit and active, so this creates another opportunity for people to improve their health thanks to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Tees Active.
“I have no doubt that this facility will prove incredibly popular with all of the Borough’s residents and I’d encourage everyone, both young and old, to challenge themselves and give Air Trail Tees Barrage a go. The ability to scale the heights and shoot the rapids all in a single visit will put Stockton on the thrill-seekers’ map.”
Steve Chaytor, Managing Director of Tees Active, said: “Air Trail Tees Barrage offers an exciting experience for anyone looking for an outdoor adventure in a safe environment beside the River Tees.
“We believe the ability for users to choose their own adventure trail and its affordable pricing will represent a compelling offer of great value for individuals and families.
“No equipment or experience is required; all that anyone needs is a thirst for fun and a spirit of adventure to join in the action.”
Year five pupils Wiktor Pazera, 10, and Faith Graham, 9, from St Patrick’s RC Primary School in Thornaby were among the first to experience Air Trail.
Wiktor said: “It was awesome. I was a little bit scared when there were no steps beneath me – I didn’t look down. It was really fun and I want to go on it again!”
Faith said: “It was really good fun and it was nice seeing my friends having fun. I was scared before I went on but I really enjoyed it.”
Air Trail was constructed at a cost of £1million pounds and was supported by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council as an innovative way to help Tees Active reduce their future subsidy needs.
Air Trail Tees Barrage can also be booked for birthday parties and school trips and corporate packages are available.
For more information and to book online visit www.airtrail.co.uk or call 01642 265454.