Zorbing locations in the UK | TOAD Outdoor Activities

Zorbing

ALSO KNOWN AS:
  • Sphereing |
  • Zorb riding |
  • Orbing |
  • Hill riding |
  • Globe riding |

Zorbing

Often referred to as ‘orbing’, ‘hill riding’ or even ‘globe-riding’, zorbing is a relatively new sport on the extreme activities scene and has certainly proved to be popular with kids of all ages!

A zorb is a large, inflatable sphere made of transparent plastic which rolled along the ground, down hills or on inflatable, wooden or metal ramps, with you strapped securely inside!

The sphere is double-sectioned, with one ball inside the other and with an air layer between which acts as a shock absorber for the rider. The inner and outer spheres are connected by hundreds of small ropes.

To give you an idea of what it looks like, a zorb is made up of two separate balls, both of which are made of extremely durable and flexible plastic.  Whilst the outer ball is around 9 feet in diameter, the inner ball is slightly smaller (typically around 6 feet in diameter) which then leaves around 2 feet of air specifically designed to absorb the shock as passengers roll their way around their chosen venue!

Many Zorbs have straps to hold the rider in place, while others leave the rider free to walk the sphere around or be tossed about by the rolling motion a.k.a. dry zorbing (sometimes referred to as ‘hill riding’). Water can be added inside, to enjoy a ‘water ride’ a.k.a wet zorbing.

Either way, the general principle of the activity remains the same since the passenger travels in a large transparent and double-sectioned ball, which certainly isn’t dissimilar to a hamster ball!  However, whilst a hamster runs along the inside of the ball to move it forward, the zorb rolls on its own since it’s pulled by gravity when travelling downhill.

Zorbs accommodating more than one passenger tend to be equipped with harnesses and in some cases can carry up to three people at any one time – either way, it’s certainly a challenge to try and remain upright as a rolling zorb gathers speed!  Of course, how fast you go will depend on the gradient of the slope but most venue providers will be able to give you some idea of what to expect, then it’s simply a question of bracing yourself ready (quite literally!) to roll!

Dry zorbing usually takes place on slopes of various gradients, although for beginners or younger passengers, can also be performed on a flat surface thus enabling greater control of the zorb.  In fact, rather than hill rolling, some venues will instead set up a course of ramps and other obstacles for the passenger to negotiate but ultimately, the ball can be stopped at anytime.

Expect fun, expect bruises and expect an experience you’ll never forget!  Welcome to the wonderful world of zorbing!

For further details of approved zorbing venues across the UK please see our list below.

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Great Chart Golf and Leisure
Shoot the Boss Bears Lane
Ashford in Kent, Kent
DISTANCE: 46.93 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Crazy Golf, Disc Golf, Footgolf, Paintball, Zorbing...
Haywood Oaks Activity Centre
Far Baulker Farm Old Rufford Road
Southwell, Nottinghamshire
DISTANCE: 116.34 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Assault Course, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Falconry Experience, Go Karting, Off Road Buggies, Paintball,...
Monnow Events
Little Corras Kentchurch
Hereford, Herefordshire
DISTANCE: 119.31 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Go Karting, Off Road Driving, Paintball, Quad Racing, Quad Trekking,...
The Edge Outdoor Adventures
Lanegate Cottage Welshmans’s Lane
Leominster, Herefordshire
DISTANCE: 125.70 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Archery, Climbing, Laser Combat, Low Ropes, Paintball, Quad Racing, Quad Trekking,...
South Down Adventure
Southdown Yarnscombe
Barnstaple, Devon
DISTANCE: 174.82 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Off Road Driving, Shooting Range, Zorbing...
The Ultimate Adventure Centre
Abbotsham Road The Ultimate Adventure Centre
Bideford, Devon
DISTANCE: 181.69 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Assault Course, Climbing Wall, Coasteering, High Ropes Courses, Jacobs Ladder, Laser Combat, Low...
Allout Adventures
Slaley Hall Slaley
Hexham, Northumberland
DISTANCE: 246.76 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Gliding, Mountain Biking, Off Road Driving, Paintball, Quad Racing,...
Creepy Valley Jersey
Le Mont a la Brune St. Brelade
DISTANCE: 345.48 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Archery, Bushcraft Course, Climbing, Climbing Wall, High Ropes Courses, Low Ropes,...
Outdoor Trax
Auchinstarry Marina Auchinstarry Kilsyth
Croy, Lanarkshire
DISTANCE: 347.05 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Mountain Biking, Climbing, Abseiling, Zorbing, Canoeing, Archery, Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting,...
The Jungle NI
60 Desertmartin Road Moneymore
Magherafelt, Londonderry
DISTANCE: 350.07 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Paintball, Zorbing...
Legend Sailing
Legend Sailing School Loch Tay Highland Lodges
Killin, Perthshire
DISTANCE: 382.79 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Archery, Canoeing, Canyoning, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Dinghy Sailing, Gorge Walking, Kayaking,...
Fairburn Activity Centre
Marybank
Muir of Ord, Ross-shire
DISTANCE: 452.47 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Abseiling, Archery, Canoeing, Climbing, Disc Golf, Hiking, Human Table Football, Laser Quest, Low...

 

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