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Sphering: Everything you need to know

Harness Sphereing is a bit like a fairground ride: it’s perfectly safe, but it’s not for the faint-hearted either. You’ll be strapped securely inside a giant inflatable ball, then pushed down a large hill, reaching speeds of up to 30mph as you head for the bottom. What could be better?

Harness Sphereing is suitable for one person or two, so you can share the experience with a friend if you’re not brave enough to go it alone. Aqua Sphereing is even more fun: there’s nothing to strap you in with Aqua Sphereing, but a generous 30 litres of water means the experience is akin to a quick spin in your washing machine.

Aqua Sphereing can also be booked as a solo or duo experience, so bring a friend for maximum enjoyment. Many Sphereing venues allow kids as young as 7 to take part, but it’s always best to check our thrilling T&Cs before you purchase because there may be a minimum height requirement at your chosen venue.

Don’t forget to check out our skydiving section if you want to try Air Sphereing: it’s the same basic principle as normal Sphereing, but your Sphere is suspended in a wind tunnel.


Q: Sorry I was looking for information about film director Adrian Lyne and I’ve found myself in your Adrenaline section. What’s going on here?
A: We’re talking Sphereing!
Q: Sphereing! You mean Zorbing?
A: Sphereing, Zorbing – yeah, it’s all the same guff.
Q: The big plastic ball going down a hill thing?
A: The very same. You can have your very own Total Wipeout type experience by getting in a big plastic ball and hurtling down an incline while juddering about inside.
Q: How big is the sphere?
A: Pretty big. I dunno, like 10 foot or something. Radius and words like that. I wasn’t very good at maths.
Q: Where can I sphere?
A: We’ve got Sphereing locations all over the shop. As long as there is a hill nearby.
Q: So once I am atop the hill?
A: You’ll crawl through a weird little squidgy plastic entranceway, into the centre of the Sphere and you’ll be harnessed in (or not, depending on which variety of Sphereing you go for, with Aqua Sphereing, you’ll be in water).
Q: Alone?
A: If you would prefer, though we do have experiences where two of you are in there.
Q: How fast will I go? 29MPH?
A: Almost. 30MPH! At top speed. The lovely, cushiony air between you and the ground that is contained in the sphere ensures you are ok.
Q: Can anyone have a go? Even darts players?
A: As with all adrenaline experiences, there might be some age and height restrictions. If you have been diagnosed with heart disease or any other condition, we strongly recommend that you speak with your doctor before having a crack. Pregnant ladies, or those under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or both aren’t going nowhere near our spheres. We can only allow children over the age of 12 and also require parental consent for anybody under the age of 18. Unsure? Just ask us.

Fun Facts

  • 1. Sphereing is also known as Zorbing, globe-riding and orbing. Though the name I pitched, ‘Hamstering’ went nowhere. Apparently there’s another thing already called that.
  • 2. In the 1980’s, the Dangerous Sports Club constructed a giant sphere with two deck chairs inside. Finally, an extreme use for deck chairs. Other than trying to put one up while drunk.
  • 3. In the 1990’s cult television series Gladiators, the competitors did battle in a steel Sphere creation known as an Atlasphere. Which is why I called my concept album ‘Wolf in the Atlasphere’.
  • 4. In 1994, Dwane van der Sluis and Andrew Akers conceived the idea for a giant sphere in Auckland, New Zealand, naming their invention ‘the Zorb’. Which is really fun to say with a New Zealand accent. Go on, try it. Good, isn’t it?
  • 5. The inventors of the Zorb also created a human cocktail maker called Spinfizz. Though I think most cocktails are made by humans, unless you have invented a bartender robot?
  • 6. Zorbing entered the Concise Oxford English Dictionary in 2001. And as I imagine they have a ‘one in one out’ policy at the COED, the word ‘Godzooks’ was banished forever.
  • 7. The record for the longest Sphereing ride is held by Steve Camp who travelled 570 metres. And I’d imagine also the record for ‘Most Dizzy on a Hillside’.
  • 8. Jackie Chan is seen Sphereing down a cliff in the opening scenes of his film Armour of God II. And probably not Sphereing down a cliff very successfully in the bloopers during the end credits.