Colour Run, Llandudno

Colour Run, Llandudno

Colour Run, Llandudno

Date

15 May 2016

Location

West Shore Beach, Llandudno
SH 77016 82086; 53.32135°N, 3.84780°W

Information

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.

Further Reading

St David’s Hospice

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Surf Snowdonia II

Surf Snowdonia

Surf Snowdonia

Date

31 August 2015

Location

Dolgarrog, Conwy
SH 77115 67416; 53.18957°N, 3.84064°W

Information

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.

Further Reading

Surf Snowdonia (I);
Surf Snowdonia reopens after fault fixed (BBC News, 29 August 2015)

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Surf Snowdonia I

'Wave Garden' lagoon on the day that it was announced that the lagoon would have to be drained to repair a mechanical fault with the wave generator.

‘Wave Garden’ lagoon on the day that it was announced that the lagoon would have to be drained to repair a mechanical fault with the wave generator.

Date

19 August 2015

Location

Dolgarrog, Conwy
SH 77115 67416; 53.18957°N, 3.84064°W

Information

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.

Further Reading

Wales surf wave generator starts up (BBC News, 31 July 2015);
Surf Snowdonia lagoon to be drained after ‘mechanical fault’ (BBC News, 19 August 2015);
Surf Snowdonia

Update

Look out for an upcoming post featuring the wave generator back in operation…

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Zip World

Zip World

Zip World

Date

23 September 2013
Location

Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda

SH 62228 65513; 53.16883°N, 4.06249°W

Information

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.

Zip World Snowdonia;
Mile-long zip wire unveiled in Wales (Telegraph Travel);
Penrhyn Quarry

 

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