Brighton's 'vertical cablecar' free to local schoolchildren
8 Dec 2016, 12:44
In an act of festive generosity the British Airways i360 in Brighton has this week sent free tickets to all state schoolchildren in the city of Brighton and Hove.
The attraction, which opened in the summer at a reported cost of £46 million, is the world's first vertical cable car and the world's tallest moving observation tower - it is also expected that the tower will appear in the 2017 Guinness Book of Records as "the world's slenderest tall tower.
British Airways i360 chief executive Eleanor Harris said: “Children absolutely love the British Airways i360 pod. It is 10 times the size of a London Eye capsule and families are free to walk around or sit at their leisure enjoying the 360-degree views of Sussex, pointing out landmarks, ships out at sea and birds flying past.
“We are very excited to be offering schools the chance to move their classrooms to the skies, and look forward to welcoming them on board.”
Tickets or vouchers have been sent to 73 schools across the city, meaning 35,000 children aged four to 18 have the opportunity to 'ride the cablecar' before July 2017.
British Airways i360 is also developing school curriculum materials for Key Stages 1 to 4, which will be available in the New Year.
As well as the i360, the London Eye was designed by Marks Barfield Architects. The London Eye is one of the 'must sees' on the itineraries of schools taking a UK or London school tour with Voyager, much like the Eiffel Tower is almost mandatory for schools visiting Paris.