Scuba with Bear – at the NEC

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Scuba with Bear – at the NEC

Scuba diving is set to be one of the main attractions at the Bear Grylls Adventure facility, due to be opened at Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) next autumn.

The project, developed by Mantis Media, is backed by Merlin Entertainments, owner of Legoland, Alton Towers and some 130 other attractions, hotels and resorts around the world.

Merlin has gone into partnership with the ex-SAS survival expert, TV programme-maker and author and is investing around £20 million in building the 8000sq m permanent attraction. It says it has been inspired by the Grylls-type activities scuba-diving, rock-climbing, iFLY (indoor skydiving) and what are said to be “the highest free-roam high ropes in Europe”.

Entry to “Basecamp”, to be included in ticket prices that start from £25, will allow individuals or groups of customers to hone their skills through a selection of mental and physical challenges.

Construction is already under way at the NEC, the location each October/November for the Dive Show of the Year organised by the Diver Group. No details of the Bear Grylls Adventure scuba-diving component of the project are yet available, but it is described as “the ultimate deep dive experience”. 

“It's been an unbelievable journey to work with Merlin Entertainments to bring so many iconic, one-of-a-kind adventures all together under one roof,” said Grylls as the project was announced.

“This is a totally unique way to experience the adrenalin and thrill of skydiving, climbing, diving and so much more. And all the time, testing our resolve and spirit to never give up and to go the extra mile. Get ready for the adventure of your life!”

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07-Nov-17

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