Wales : a disused slate cavern transformed into a


Bounce Below will open next month at  Llechwedd in Blaenau Ffestiniog– the world’s first facility of this kind.  The caverns,  twice the  size of St Paul’s Cathedral, will be lit up in a light show while visitors  bounce on giant trampolines linked by a 60ft  long slide. People will be  delivered to the deep  attraction by train.

The launch, which bosses hope will be  done by British gymnastics star Beth  Tweddle, follows the unveiling last week  at the quarry of Zip World Titan – the  largest zip line course in the world. In  total £1.2m has been invested at the site.

Sean Taylor, owner of Zip World, said:  “We got the idea when my business  partner saw this done in woods in France  but this has never been done in a cavern,  this really is a world first in Wales.

“It’s a one hour activity where customers get dressed up in a cotton overall  and given a helmet, they then jump on a train and travel inside the mountain.

“There are three giant trampolines with three metre net walls to stop people climbing out. Each is linked by a slide to go down and a walkway to  go up – the biggest slide  is 60ft.”

The new development will create 10 jobs with roles for train drivers  and instructors, and there are further plans for a series of underground zip lines.

Zip World, which also owns Zip World Velocity at Penrhyn  Quarry, Bethesda, is  ooking at further  zip sites in the UK and around the world, including one in a former South Wales  quarry, South Africa and the Caribbean.

North Wales is notching up an impressive list of outdoor adventure activities and attractions and to make things easy, we’ve compiled this essential guide to help you navigate them. – Owen Hughes – 11/06/2014



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