The Wire Zip Slide open mid-week dates in October

September 29, 2015

The Wire open mid-week dates in October

The Wire Zip Slide is open for selected mid week dates in October, including Half-Term!

Perfect if you are looking for something to do with the kids during the school break*Book on the Wire

Book Your October Dates Here >

The Wire is one of the UK’s longest, tallest and fastest zip slides, running the 700 metre length of the spectacular NDAC Quarry.

Launch yourself from the 70m high cliff edge and speed along the length of our 80m deep flooded quarry.

Reaching speeds up to 40 miles per hour this exhilarating ride will take your breath away!

The Wire Zip Slide is open the following dates in October:

October 2015

Saturday 03 October


Sunday 04 October


Saturday 10 October


Sunday 11 October


Thursday 15 October

Open (Special Mid Week)

Friday 16 October

Open (Special Mid Week)

Saturday 17 October


Sunday 18 October


Thursday 22 October

Open (Special Mid Week)

Friday 23 October

Open (Special Mid Week)

Saturday 24 October


Sunday 25 October


Monday 26 October


Tuesday 27 October


Wednesday 28 October


Thursday 29 October


Friday 30 October


Saturday 31 October



There are limited spaces so please book quickly to avoid disappointment.

*You must be aged over 12 years to ride The Wire Zip Slide.

Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone)

Lower Limit is 20kg (3.15 stone)



Sam Amps, Saltfree & NDAC Feature on BBC 2 Science Show


Sam Amps Saltfree and NDAC feature on BBC 2 Science show


"100 trillion cells. 280 days. One human life. A BBC Science series, produced in partnership with The Open University, exploring the making of you."

On Monday 28th September you may have seen the National Diving & Activity Centre feature on BBC 2 Science show ‘Countdown to Life: The Extraordinary Making of You‘.

As part of the show Sam Amps from Saltfree teaches the presenter Dr Michael Mosley how to Freedive at Chepstow’s inland dive site.

The whole show is fascinating and well worth watching and you can catch it on the IPlayer. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, the freediving section starts at around 46 minutes in

Saltfree FreedivingSaltFree Divers offer freediving courses, training, coaching and competitions at all levels at The National Diving and Activity Centre, a beautiful flooded quarry in Chepstow, near Bristol.

Their purpose-built freediving platform is the deepest of its kind in the UK, possibly in the world, fully equipped for safety and comfort.

Whether you want to learn to dive deeper, hold your breath longer or perfect your underwater swimming technique, SaltFree is the perfect location for Constant Weight and Free Immersion breath hold dive training.

Find out more about Saltfree and book on their courses via their website at


Official FearFest Trailer – Watch if you dare!

September 9, 2015

Fear Fest NDAC ChepstowHow brave are you feeling? The official FearFest Trailer is now live.

This is not for those with a sensitive disposition!

The UK’s newest scare attraction – FearFest – is opening on 16th October 2015 and runs until 1st November 2015.

It is a fully immersive and interactive attraction (16+ only) and features 6 terrifying horror zones and live zombie scare actors.

Using set-builders from Pinewood Studios (Drèsd) and located at the National Diving & Activity Centre (Chepstow – on the Gloucester/Wales border), FearFest incorporates much of its natural surroundings, including a disused railway line, in this incredible zombie scare attraction.

As part of your FearFest experience you have the option to take on one of the UKs longest Zip Wires.

Tickets are flying out fast – to avoid disappointment secure your place now at


Special Effects student builds model of NDAC Wooden Wigwam

September 4, 2015

NDAC Wooden Wigwam Model

We recently spotted the following tweet on the NDAC Twitter timeline by Emily Norris (@emilyanorris).

Wooden Wigwam ModelWe were so impressed by the models she made of our Wooden Wigwams that we got in touch with Emily to find out the full story.

Emily is an artist studying Technical Arts and Special Effects at the University of the Arts, London. During a visit to the Wire Zip Slide Emily came up with the idea of a glamping trip to the NDAC as a fun present for her boyfriend’s birthday.

The gift was for my boyfriend’s birthday as a little fun getaway when we are both home from university.
We go to different universities so it is a great way for us to spend a bit of time together"


Rather than just telling her boyfriend about the gift with a card, Emily used her creative talents to create the model of our Wooden Wigwams.

Making him the model wigwam was the only fitting way to explain what I had bought him. I like to give gifts that the individual would never have thought of.
On visiting the centre to have a go on The Wire, I realised the Wigwams were the perfect present"


More of Emily’s creative work can be seen online via her Facbook page.


6,000 Likes for NDAC Facebook Page

August 26, 2015

6,000 Facebook Likes

We are really pleased to announce that the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) has reached 6,000 likes on it’s Facebook Page.

There has been a massive boost in popularity of the site with all the recent investment. Over the last four months we’ve had an extra 1,000 likes, our largest growth yet.

Facebook Graph

We created our new Facebook page in February 2011 and it has proved a very popular way of staying in touch with everyone.

We also have a very active Twitter feed with around 1,780 followers, and of course we have our news blog with all the latest from the site.

Please continue to share your stories, photos and videos with us as we love seeing them.

If you haven’t already liked us you can do so in the sidebar on the right, or by visiting the NDAC Facebook Page.

Thanks again!


FearFest the ultimate Halloween Experience 2015


FEARFEST 2015 Scream if you think it will save you...

FearFest Selected Nights from the 16th October to 1st November 2015

What is FearFest?

FearFest is the ultimate Halloween experience that takes place on select nights from 16th October to 1st November, 2015.

Located beside a converted quarry at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) near Chepstow, the event is an immersive and interactive experience featuring live actors, special effects and horrific shocks in its numerous scare zones.

Nobody creates a more nightmarish Halloween event than FearFest which comes alive with the living dead and mutant maniacs during your 2 – 2 ½ hour stay.

FearFest is strictly for ages 16+ and not for those of a nervous disposition.

The legend of The Four Linesman in Tidenham quarry begins with four men that met an unfortunate fate on the 16th of October 1958….read more

The Journey

Journey into the unknown along a dark and abandoned railway track, making your way through multiple scare zones, including a terrifying house of horror, grotesque graveyard and deadly dungeon. If you dare, you can enter the nightmarish experience of The Scream Sewer, a 60m long, purpose-built sewer system with bloodthirsty creatures lurking, ready to pounce on your every move.

Some of you will choose to finish your experience with the Death Wire by daring to launch yourself off the edge of a 70m high cliff edge and speed along the length of our 80m deep flooded quarry reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour on one of the UK’s longest, tallest and fastest zip slides

Find out the full story and book online at

If you dare stay the night, accommodation is available in our Wooden Wigwams.


National Diving & Activity Centre awarded 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

August 22, 2015

NDAC awarded 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

The National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow has been awarded a 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

TripAdvisor awards a Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from visitors.

TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and is the largest travel community in the world, reaching 375 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 250 million reviews and opinions covering more than 5.2 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

Thanks to all our customers who have taken the time to write a review of the centre. If you would like to leave your own review, please visit the NDAC page on TripAdvisor.


NDAC Zip Wire will be closed on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th August 2015

August 12, 2015


Weather Warning 13 & 14 August 2015

Weather Warning 13 & 14 August 2015

The WireA yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office with a likelihood of lightening on both Thursday 13th and Friday 14th August 2015.

For safety reasons we have taken the decision to close the Wire Zip Slide for these two days.

Anyone with a booking for the day will be contacted by phone or email with a new code.

We apologise for any inconvenience.



Half Price Entrance Fee for Divers 16th-19th July 2015

July 13, 2015

Dive for just £5.50 at NDAC

Summer Special Offer for Scuba Divers

As a big thank you for your continued support and loyalty throughout the colder months earlier this year we have decided to reduce our entrance price from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th July by a massive 50%

This means that our members will only have to pay £5.50 for a day’s unlimited diving with us and non members will have to pay just £8.00.

This special offer is open to Scuba Divers, Freedivers, open water Swimmers and Snorkelers.

We look forward to seeing you at the weekend!

Join the Event on Facebook here >

This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offers from the NDAC.

Keep an eye on our website, Facebook Page and Twitter Feed for further offers and promotions throughout the year.


73 Year Old Takes On Record Breaking Bungee For EEs New Action Cam

July 10, 2015

From an original article on UKBungee

UK Bungee ClubAt UK Bungee, they’re not ones to shy away from a challenge. So when asked to help 73 year old daredevil Ray Woodcock take on a record breaking 500ft water touch to promote EE’s new Action Cam, they couldn’t say no! With weeks of working out the logistics of such an epic jump behind them, they set off for the National Diving and Activity Centre in Chepstow, Monmouthshire for one of their craziest adventures to date.

An extreme jump like this needed an extreme crane and so a 300 tonne Leibherr with a 42 metre extension was bought in at 6am to begin a gruelling 6 hour set-up. Bearing in mind that this took another smaller crane to assemble, this was one big crane!

While a number of test jumps took place, firstly with a bag of weights matching that of our daredevil diver and then with a member of the UK Bungee Team, Ray arrived on site with his partner Heather by his side and was soon in his bright yellow wetsuit shooting interviews with the production team from Barcroft Media, the company appointed by EE to capture the challenge for promotion of their new product. EE’s Action Cam allows the action to be streamed over 4G from the camera to ‘Skeegle’, a new video sharing app where you can invite friends and family to watch. Using this innovative technology, Ray’s family back in Essex were able to watch the action unfold and share the experience.

Bungee Jump over water in NDAC QuarryWith Ray harnessed and the Action Cam strapped to him, everyone took their place and the cage was lifted. What followed was a spectacular jump that saw him submerge into the water below all the way up to his knees. Giving the prearranged ‘OK’ hand signal to the ground crew on the ascent of his first bounce, the crane slewed back in towards towards the landing area and two members of the UK Bungee crew ensured that Ray landed back on the ground safely. Awaiting medics were straight by his side to check that he had escaped unscatched. With plenty of nodding and thumbs up, it was clear to see that Ray had loved every minute of the adventure!

Jon Snape, Managing Director of the UK Bungee Club said of the day, ‘Today has been a great success and one that we’ll all remember for a very long time. My team have been working on the logistics of this event for quite a while and to know that we achieved what we set out to and more importantly Ray is thrilled, we couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. His welfare was always our number one priority.’

Ray definitely isn’t a stranger to the UK Bungee Club crew. Back in 2013, they helped him smash the Guinness World Record for the Highest Bungee Jump into Water (400ft) at the NDAC! No stranger to danger, Ray’s other adrenaline fueled experiences include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking through Death Valley and taking on the chilling 30,000ft Halo Jump.

Something tells us this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Ray Woodcock and his wild challenges!

UK Bungee are back at the NDAC this August (14th, 15th & 16th Aug) and November (14th & 15th Nov). Spaces are limited and selling out very fast, so be quick to avoid disappointment.

Places can be booked for UK Bungee at the NDAC Chepstow here >

Alternatively anyone is welcome to come along and watch from the View Cafe Bar onsite at the NDAC.


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