Conquer the Drop


15 April 2018


ArcelorMittal Orbit, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

See London like never before, suspended 262 feet up, peering down from the UK’s tallest sculpture.

Do you have what it takes to conquer the drop and experience one of the highest freefall abseils in the world?

More event details

Take part

When: Sunday 15 April 2018

Where: ArcelorMittal Orbit, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Experience the jaw dropping panorama of London from the summit of Anish Kapoor’s iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit. As you descend back to earth you’ll have a completely unique view of the London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and be able to see for miles around.

Sign up today and get your free Conquer the Drop Abseiling guide which gives you all the information you need for the day and helpful tips to smash your fundraising target. We'll be there to cheer you on the day, give your free BHF t-shirt and present your certificate once you have conquered the drop!

Every penny you raise will go towards research that is unlocking treatments and cures for heart and circulatory diseases - the conditions that kill more of us than anything else. You conquer the drop, and we’ll do the rest.

Registration free  Minimum fundraising
Adult (18 years old and above)  £25 £300
Child (14 - 17)  £25 £300

Sorry, registration for this event has now closed.

For more information

If you would like more information on any of our events, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Tel: 0300 330 3322

Location and travel

Getting there

The Orbit is only a 15 minute walk from Stratford Station, making getting to the tower really easy.

Check out The Orbit's website for more information as well as accessibility information. 

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park , London, E20 3BS

Get ready

Raise money

Your fundraising helps our researchers make more discoveries and keep more hearts beating.

The easiest way to fundraise is to create an online fundraising page via JustGiving. Share your page on Facebook, Twitter and by email so your family and friends can sponsor you. 

Take a look at our A-Z Fundraising Ideas Guide for inspirational ideas to boost your fundraising.

Please note, the minimum fundraising target of £300 needs to be raised by the 1st April, 2 weeks prior to the abseil in order to take part. But don't worry, we'll be with you every step of the way to help you smash your target!


Make sure you have the right kit

You should wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat, comfy shoes like trainers. You'll receive a free BHF t-shirt to wear on the day when you arrive for your abseil.

Get your friends and family involved

This is a BHF day at The Orbit, so encourage your family and friends to be part of the action as well. Why not ask them to take part with you, or they could come and cheer you on. Ask them to look the part and ramp up the red

On the day


After signing up, we'll get in touch about booking your time slot for the day. You'll need to arrive on the day at least 30 minutes before your abseil, but we advise at least 45 minutes so we can make sure everything is in order and you can take some pre-abseil photos with friends and family.

The event organiser, Wire & Sky, a professional abseiling company, will provide a safety briefing on the day and coach you through the descent. You can take a look at their website to find out more information. 

This is a BHF day at The Orbit, so feel free to arrive as early as you like to enjoy the views and have a coffee at the cafe. There will be friendly BHF faces to greet you, where you'll receive your free BHF T-shirt.


If you are Under 18, please make sure your bring your signed parental/guardian consent form with you on the day. 

All participants will need to fill out a waiver form which you can either sign on the day of the abseil, or you can download it here and bring it with you on the day.


You should wear loose, comfortable clothing. Things like skirts, dresses and long cardigans can’t be worn under harnesses. Loose items such as food, medication, phones or cameras cannot be taken up the tower, but can be left in a locker on site or with us at the BHF greeting area.

For more information

If you more like more information on any of our events, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:

Tel: 0300 330 3322
Email: [email protected]


Below are some Frequently Asked Questions. If you find your question hasn’t been answered, take a look at the website Wire & Sky, the abseiling company that run the activity on the day.


How do I pay in my fundraising?


Are there any physical requirements?

  • You must be at least 14 years old. Abseilers aged from 14 – 18 must have a signed parental consent form (available on our website).
  • Minimum height of 1.2m/3’11
  • Weight of less than 120 kg/19 stone. You have to agree to being weighed.
  • You must be able to wear a harness which has a max width of 130cm and a max upper thing width of 75cm.
  • You must be in a fit physical state of health to participate, please see the safety leaflet on Wire & Sky’s website.


What if I have an illness or medical condition?

  • You will need to provide a doctor’s note confirming you are in a good state of physical health if you have any condition that may contribute to not being in good physical fitness.  Speak to your doctor to see if your medical condition may affect a potential abseil.


What if I have a disability?

  • Wire & Sky, the qualified abseiling professionals who run the activity on the day, are more than happy to cater for disabilities. You will need to contact them at least 14 days beforehand so they can accurately assess your needs and plans.


What about poor weather?

  • The abseil will only be cancelled in the event of extreme weather such as high winds, storms, or other dangerous conditions. If your abseil does not go ahead it will be postponed and we will let you know about the alternative date. Wire & Sky constantly monitor the weather and we will keep you updated.


Will there be a photographer?

  • There will be a professional photographer present who will be taking photos of you during the abseil, as well as the British Heart Foundation's in house photographer who will be photographing from inside the building through the glass.


Do I go down on my own?

  • You can abseil by yourself or with one other, there will be an instructor at the platform when you start to descend, and one to meet you at the bottom when you land.


Can I go on the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide?

  • You can go down the slide for an extra £5 on the day


Can I go to the viewing platform?

  • Yes you can, you will have a wristband that allow you to go up and down the platform before and after your skydive.


Is there anywhere to put my belongings?

  • You are more than welcome to leave your belongings in our BHF welcoming area, alternatively there are lockers within The Orbit that are a £1 deposit.


Can I bring my Go-Pro camera?

  • Because of Health & Safety, participants cannot bring their own camera however you will have your own Go-Pro from Wire & Sky fitted and you can purchase this footage for £30 on the day.



If you have any questions about Fundraising, please feel free to get in touch with our friendly BHF customer service team.

Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:

Tel: 0300 330 3322
Email: [email protected]