Zip World Fforest Coaster

Fforest Coaster

Date

24 March 2019

Location

Betwys-y-coed
SH 80520 57404; 53.10040°N, 3.78598°W

Information

In March 2016 Zip World Fforest opened on the site formerly known as Tree Tops Adventure set in 120 acres of the Gwydyr Forest in Betws-y-coed. The attractions on offer included zip line and rope courses through the tree canopy, a Powerfan freefall simulator (“basejumping without a parachute”), and a giant swing. The adventure experiences on offer were augmented in May 2017 with the opening of Fforest Coaster – the UK’s only Alpine Coaster. On the first 500 metres of the track, sledges are hauled uphill, from where they then make their gravity-driven descent at speeds of up to 25 mph down the remaining 710 metres of the course.

Further Reading

Fforest Coaster (Zip World Fforest);
All posts in the Zip world series

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Knife Angel

Knife Angel

Date

4 January 2019

Location

Liverpool Cathedral, St James’s Mount, Liverpool
SJ 35385 89411; 53.39754°N, 2.97321°W

Information

Created by artist Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Knife Angel is a sculpture highlighting the growing issue of knife crime. The 25 ft high artwork was created from over 100,000 bladed weapons handed over to the police in knife amnesties.

The sculpture is currently on view outside Liverpool Cathedral and it is hoped that it will tour other cities in the future.

Further Reading

British Ironwork Centre;
All posts in the British Ironwork Centre series;
Liverpool Cathedral;
All posts in the Liverpool Cathedral series

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