30 May 2020
24 March 2019
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.
4 June 2017
The Great Strait Raft Run is an annual event that raises funds for local causes. The route along the Menai Strait is approximately 6 km long and starts from Y Felinheli and ends in Menai Bridge, passing under the Britannia Bridge, past Ynys Gored Goch, and under the Menai Suspension Bridge. The raft run started in 1984 but was discontinued later that decade with it being restarted in 2002.
15 May 2016
The Colour Run in aid of St David’s Hospice was held on West Shore Beach in Llandudno with more than 1,000 people taking part. This was one of two such events organised by the charity in 2016, the other one having taken place earlier in Pwllheli. The first ever colour run was held in 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona and the concept has since grown internationally with a for-profit company franchising events which are often organised in conjunction with charities. With a focus on fun, the 5k run is an untimed race in which participants are showered with coloured powders at kilometre stations along the route. The idea drew inspiration from the Hindu Holi festival.
Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, is a major event in India and is held on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (February/March). The festival commemorates events in Hindu mythology and is also a celebration of the arrival of spring. Social conventions are relaxed in the merrymaking which traditionally involves the consumption of food and drink containing bhang, an intoxicating cannabis-based ingredient. On the eve of Holi large bonfires are attended and on the day itself people gather together to cover each other with coloured water and powders.
31 August 2015
On 19 August, less than a month after opening, Surf Snowdonia announced that the lagoon would have to be closed for several days in order for it to be drained to repair a mechanical fault with the wave generator. The repairs took 10 days to complete and the attraction re-opened on 29 August.
19 August 2015
An aluminium smelter began production in 1907 in the village of Dolgarrog in the Conwy valley. The works was expanded in 1916 to include a rolling mill and in 1920 a hydroelectric power station was built next to the plant to supply its electricity. Smelting ceased in the 1940s and the aluminium factory was finally closed in 2007 and demolished in 2009.
In August 2013 Wigan-based Conwy Adventure Leisure obtained planning permission from Conwy County Borough Council for the development of an inland surfing lake on the site of the former aluminium works. The £12 million Surf Snowdonia attraction opened to the public on 1 August 2015.
The surf lagoon measures 300 m by 120 m and is the first commercial site to use Spanish company Wavegarden’s wave-generation technology. An underwater foil runs along the length of the central pier in the lagoon pushing water upwards and outwards to form a wave whose height can be controlled to be 0.7 to 2 metres. In addition to the lagoon, the attraction also features a glass-fronted café bar, retail facility and on-site accommodation in the form of heated timber camping pods.
On 19 August, less than a month after opening, Surf Snowdonia announced that the lagoon would have to be closed for several days in order for it to be drained to repair a mechanical fault with the wave generator.
Look out for an upcoming post featuring the wave generator back in operation…
|Date||23 September 2013|
|Location||Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda||SH 62228 65513; 53.16883°N, 4.06249°W|
Zip World, site of the longest zip line in the northern hemisphere, opened in a disused part of Penrhyn Quarry in March 2013. The adventure attraction was created by ex-Royal Marine skydiver Sean Taylor, who also runs the Tree Top Adventure centre in Betws-y-coed.
The 1600m-long Big Zipper is also claimed to be the world’s fastest, with maximum speeds of over 100 mph. The shorter Little Zipper is 450m long and has a maximum speed of 45 mph.