Old Photos of Dayhouse Quarry Tidenham

February 23, 2017

We have been sent an interesting old document containing maps and photos of the National Diving & Activity site in it’s former life as ‘Dayhouse Quarry’ in Tidenham, Chepstow.

Here are some pictures that may be of interest! (Click on the photos for a larger version)

A view of the site from the Eastern Edge of Woodrof
A view of the site from the Eastern Edge of Woodroft.

A view from South of the site looking North towards the original site access and plant area. (Before Restoration)
A view from South of the site looking North towards the original site access and plant area.
(Before Restoration)

A view from South of the site looking North towards the original site access and plant area. (After Restoration)
(After Restoration)

Old Map of the site, prior to the quarry

Old Map of the site, prior to the quarry.

Old Map compared to a more recent view.

Old Map compared to a more recent view.

Internal view of the quarry, looking Northwards. (Before Restoration)
Internal view of the quarry, looking Northwards.
(Before Restoration)

Internal view of the quarry, looking Northwards. (After Restoration)
(After Restoration)

 

Half Price Entrance Fee for Scuba Divers March 2017

February 20, 2017

Half Price Scuba Diving at the NDAC Chepstow this March

March Special Offer for Scuba Divers

As a big thank you for your continued support and loyalty throughout these colder months, we have decided to reduce our Scuba Diving entrance price from Thursday 2nd to Friday 31st March by a massive 50%

This means that our members will only have to pay £6.50 for a day’s unlimited diving with us and non members will have to pay just £9.00.

No catches – just turn up, book in and scuba dive for half the normal price!

We look forward to seeing you at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow during March!

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.

Normal entry requirements for Scuba Diving apply.

 

 

10,000 Likes for NDAC Facebook Page

February 17, 2017

10,000 Facebook Likes

We are really pleased to announce that the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) has reached 10,000 Likes on it’s Facebook Page.

There has been a massive boost in popularity of the site with all the recent investment, and exciting events. In the last year we’ve had an extra 2,500 likes, a great achievement.

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 over 2,300 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!

 

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party this Easter at the NDAC Chepstow

February 16, 2017

FREE screening of Alice In Wonderland at our Drive-In Cinema
Mad Hatter's Tea Party at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow this Easter
A Great Easter Night Out. Don't Be Late!

Follow the white rabbit to Wonderland this Easter and join us for a great night out at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

"We’re all Mad here!"

Get together with your friends or family, dress up and and embrace the fantasy experience of a Mad Hatters Tea Party at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow. You might even see the Mad Hatter himself with Alice!

Book your tickets online here »

Scroll down and follow the rabbit for full details…

Buy Your Tickets Here for just £20 Per Person

"Eat me… Drink Me"

There will be food and drinks, lots of fun, a complimentary glass of Prosecco with strawberry for the adults and a small gift for each child.

The Mad Hatters Tea Party will be held in the Water View Marquee, with breathtaking views over our lake and specially dressed for the occasion. The room will be decked out with vintage china, cake stands, teapots, bunting and themed decorations.

Water View Marquee Chepstow

FREE Entry to Drive-In Cinema

Following the Tea Party you can enjoy watching Johnny Depp star as the Mad Hatter at a FREE screening of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland at our Drive-In Cinema.

All of this for just £20 per person.

  • Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with tea, coffee, juices, sandwiches and cakes.
  • Includes a complimentary glass of Prosecco with strawberry for the adults.
  • Free entry to see Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland at our Drive-In Cinema (8:30pm).
  • Fancy dress or Vintage outfits are optional.
  • Small gift for each child.

Book your tickets online here »

 

Free Entry to Drive-In Cinema Chepstow

"Don’t be late
for this very important date"

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will be running from Good Friday to Easter Monday

"The time, the time,
who’s got the time?"

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party starts at 6:45pm.

The Alice In Wonderland Drive-In Cinema screening will start at 8:30pm.

Book your Mad Hatter tickets here »

 

Good Friday 14th April, Saturday 15th April, Easter Sunday 16th April, Easter Monday 17th April

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."

"I don’t much care where –"

"Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

Follow the rabbit hole to Wonderland at the National Diving & Activity Centre, just outside Chepstow on the A48

  National Diving & Activity Centre
  Tidenham, Chepstow
  Gloucestershire
  NP16 7LH

Directions»

 

Accommodation

Why not make a night of it? – We offer overnight accommodation in our Wooden Wigwam Village, with a range of wigwams to suit all budgets.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this event please contact us via our online form, or by calling

Please be advised that the NDAC office is closed Monday to Wednesday, so emails and phone calls may not be responded to during this time. Depending on when you make your enquiry it may take a few days before we can get back in touch with you.

Book your Mad Hatter tickets here »

 

Glamping Cabins Chepstow
Free Screening of Alice In Wonderland at the Drive-In Cinema
Buy Your Tickets Here for just £20 Per Person
Water View Marquee
Drive In Cinema Chepstow
The View Cafe Bar

 

Half Price Segway, Wire Zip Slide & Giant 3G Swing Activities during February half term at the NDAC Chepstow

January 25, 2017

50% Discount on Segway, Zip Slide and 3G Swing Chepstow

50% Discount on Activities During Half-Term at the NDAC Chepstow

This February we have some fantastic discounts on activities at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

For the midweek dates of the February School Half Term we are offering a 50% discount on The Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active (1 hour package) and The Giant 3G Swing.

To take advantage of these offers please use the discount code HALFTERMFUN when booking online.

There are limited spaces available on these activities, so hurry and book early to avoid disappointment! For the Scuba Divers, we are also offering a 50% discount on diving this week »

These activities are not suitable for children under 12 years, further restrictions apply.

Segway Active Half Price during Half Term The Wire Zip Slide  Half Price during Half Term Giant 3G Swing Half Price during Half Term

Don't forget to use the discount code HALFTERMFUN

The Wire Zip Slide

For just £9.50 will you take on The Wire Zip Slide?

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!

Further Details » | Book The Wire Zip Slide »

Segway Active

From £15.00* per person you can take part in a Segway Active Experience

Gliding on a Segway feels like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Step on and your instincts take over – and you quickly realise it responds to how you balance yourself. It feels incredibly natural and, most of all, it’s really fun.

Our one hour Segway Active experience is set in a fantastic location at the National Activity & Diving Centre (NDAC) in Chepstow, situated around a disused limestone quarry with fantastic views.

We have 12 off-road Segways, a custom built HQ, training facilities and an off-road course. Each driving adventure lasts an hour, starting with full instructions and a safety briefing on our flat training zone. This gives you the opportunity to get to grips with your Segway in a safe environment. Once you’ve become a competent rider, you’ll be unleashed on our off road tour around the quarry and activity centre at Chepstow.

*Please note that we also offer 30 minute packages and further discounted rates if you are booking three or more places. The standard 1 hour price is £35 per person, the price for 3 people or more is £30 per person. This discount only applies to the £30/£35 prices (reduced to £15/£17.50) and cannot be used with our 30 Minute package.

Further Details » | Book on Segway Active»

Giant 3G Swing

The Giant 3G Swing is new for 2016 and for only £9.50 (reduced from £19) you can experience weightlessness 245 feet in the air on our ultimate adrenaline-pumping blast!

If you dare, you’ll be strapped into the Giant 3G Swing, hoisted 50ft up into the air and slowly pulled back to the release point…

Then it is down to one of you to pull the ripcord!

After the initial terrifying drop, you’ll launch into the air, feeling the G-force as you swing up into the sky, 245ft over the steep quarry edges of the UK’s Deepest Inland Dive Site.

Further Details » | Book The Giant 3G Swing»

Availability

These special offers are available on the following dates with discount code HALFTERMFUN

Monday 13th February 2017
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active (1hr) & Giant 3G Swing activities.

Tuesday 14th February 2017
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active (1hr) & Giant 3G Swing activities.

Wednesday 15th February 2017
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active (1hr) & Giant 3G Swing activities.

Thursday 16th February 2017
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active (1hr) & Giant 3G Swing activities.

Friday 17th February 2017
50% Discount on Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active (1hr) & Giant 3G Swing activities.

Don’t miss out, BOOK NOW using the HALFTERMFUN code for your adrenaline filled experience!

Restrictions

Segway

• Minimum age is 12 years.

• Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone).

• Lower weight limit is 45kg (7.08 stone).

• Segway Active riders 16 years old and under must be accompanied by
an adult on the activity.

Full activity terms, conditions and restrictions »

Wire

• Minimum age is 12 years.

• You must be between 1.2m (3ft 11”) and 2.0m (6ft 7”).

• Lower Limit is 30kg (4.7 stone)

• Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone)

Full activity terms, conditions and restrictions »

Swing

• Minimum age is 12 years.

• You must be taller than 1.3m (4ft 3”)

• Lower Limit is 20kg (3.15 Stone) for the Swing

• Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone)

Full activity terms, conditions and restrictions »

Other Facilities

The View Cafe Bar will be open on site for hot and cold meals as well as a great range of drinks and a fantastic view over our lake. So why not make a day of it.

We also have a range of Wooden Wigwam accommodation available on site to suit all budgets.

Offer Terms and Conditions

This special offer is only available for advance bookings for selected dates and activities during February 2017. No further discounts apply and this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Sessions are subject to availability. This discounted rate is non-refundable, non transferable and for online bookings only. If a session is cancelled for reasons beyond our control (i.e. severe weather) an alternative booking date or activity may be offered at our discretion

 

Half Price Diving During February Half Term

January 20, 2017

February Half Term

Half Price Scuba DivingWe are going to be open for Scuba Diving throughout the School Half-Term week in February 2017 (13-17th February).

During this time we will be offering a 50% Discount for scuba diving. No catches – just turn up, book in and scuba dive for half the normal price!

The other activities on site (The Wire Zip Slide, Segway Active and The Giant 3G Swing) as well as the Drive-In Cinema, Wooden Wigwams and View Cafe Bar will also be running during the half-term week. These are also be running a special half-price discount (Full details and Discount Code»).

We look forward to seeing you over the half-term week.

Offer applies Monday 13th to Friday 17th February 2017. Normal entry requirements for Scuba Diving apply.

 

Diving on the Edge 2017

January 12, 2017

Diving on the Edge. DDRC Healthcare
Sunday 5th February 2017.
9am – 5pm

It’s not long now until the DDRC Healthcare Diving On The Edge Event.

Diving on the Edge is being held in the Baylis Suite, Plymouth Science Park PL6 8BU

This is an exciting opportunity hear international speakers talk about their own wide ranging experiences of diving. Whether you are a recreational or technical diver this conference will be of great interest.

Refreshments and lunch are provided and there is free on-site parking.

There will also be the opportunity of a tour of the DDRC Hyperbaric Chamber facilities.

Tickets £30 per person to include refreshments, lunch and free onsite parking.

Tickets and details available here »

Speakers

Dr Martin Sayer is the current head of the UK’s National Facility for Scientific Diving. He has been a science diver for 40 years having been involved with or led science diving expeditions in all of the world’s Seven Oceans.

Gavin Anthony is a diving and life support expert consultant. He worked as a Technical Manager for Maritime Life Support at QinetiQ Haslar and as the HSE registered diving contractor for QinetiQ. He is an HSE Pt III diver, recreational instructor and technical expert in diving technology, systems, safety and operations.

Paul Cox is Managing Director of the Shark Trust and a Marine Biologist with a Science Communication specialism. He has significant previous experience at senior level in a commercially-focused marine conservation charity.

Rachel Alcock is a marine environmentalist with the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) campaign ensuring that UK waters are protected for generations to come, via a network of Marine Protected Areas. As a Senior Campaigner for MCS, her role involves lobbying for further designation of Marine Protected Areas in the UK.

Christine Grosart is the project manager for Project Baseline South Wales Caves and has been involved in setting up Ghost Fishing UK. She is a cave diver and explorer with over a decade of experience of caves around the world, holding the UK female cave diving depth record in Wookey Hole Caves.

Along with invited speakers our Medical Director, Dr Christine Penny, will be presenting case studies.

 

Valentine’s Night Special – Meal & Movie Package at Drive-In Cinema & View Cafe Bar, Chepstow


Valentine’s Night Special at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow. Tuesday 14th February 2017.
Meal & Movie Special Package. Romantic three course meal with Prosecco at the View Cafe Bar. Drive-In Cinema screening of Bridget Jones’s Baby. All for only £49.99 per couple!
Book Valentine's Meal and Movie Tickets
MEAL ONLY - 3 Course Valentine's Dinner, 2 x single serving bottles of Prosecco. £39.99 per couple
FILM ONLY - Drive-In Cinema Screening of Bridget Jones’s Baby. £10.00 per car 

This Valentine’s Day, why not treat your partner to something a little different at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

Drive In Cinema and View Cafe BarWe have a special romantic package for Valentine’s night on Tuesday 14th February 2017.

The evening starts at our View Cafe Bar, where you can enjoy a glass of Prosecco, whilst taking in the breathtaking views overlooking our Chepstow quarry and lake.

We then have dinner in the romantic surroundings of the View cafe Bar. We have a superb three course menu that has been specially created by our chefs for Valentine’s Night.

Following your Valentine’s dinner, we then have a screening of Bridget Jones’s Baby at our Drive-In Cinema. This excellent romantic comedy sees Renée Zellweger returning to her role as Bridget Jones, who after becoming pregnant is unsure if Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) or Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey) is the father. 

Enjoy the movie from the comfort of your car, and if you are still hungry, we have a wide range of traditional cinema snacks. The View Cafe Bar also serves a wide range of alcoholic and soft drinks, including tea and coffee.


Timings

The Valentine’s Night meal is available from 6pm-9pm.

The Drive-In Cinema screening will start at 9pm


PRICES

Full Package

3 Course Valentine’s Dinner
2 x single serving bottles of Prosecco
Drive-In Cinema Screening of Bridget Jones’s Baby
£49.99 per couple
Book Now »

Meal only

3 Course Valentine’s Dinner
2 x single serving bottles of Prosecco
£39.99 per couple
Book Now »

Film Only

Drive-In Cinema Screening of Bridget Jones’s Baby
£10.00 per car 
Book Now »


ACCOMMODATION

We also offer overnight accommodation in our Wooden Wigwam Village


LOCATION

The View Cafe Bar and Drive-In Cinema are located at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Tidenham, Chepstow, Gloucestershire, NP16 7LH.

Directions to National Diving & Activity Centre »


Menu

Select one starter, one main and one dessert  per person

To start

Mediterranean sharing platter
A selection of cured meats, olives, sun blushed tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and warm crusty bread


Soup
Sweet red bell pepper soup, with a swirl of fresh double cream
With fresh crusty bread


Thai crab cakes
Oriental crab cakes on a bed of crispy salad leaves with a sweet chilli dipping sauce


Main Courses

Crackled pork
Slow roasted belly of pork with a lovely crackled top sat on a creamy swede and potato mash, drizzled with a pork jus


Lamb shank
Lamb shank braised in a mint, red currant and red onion gravy


Vegetable tart
Mediterranean vegetable tart topped with mozzarella cheese.


Pan fried fillets of sea bass
Served on a bed of rocket topped with straw potatoes, and dressed with a wholegrain mustard and cream sauce


All main courses served with
Dauphinoise potatoes
Fine green beans wrapped in parma ham
Braised red cabbage with apple
Cauliflower and broccoli baked with Cheese Sauce


Desserts

Fresh strawberry short bread stacks coated with dark and white chocolate


Raspberry creme brûlée with a rich dark chocolate brownie


Fresh fruit ice cream sundae for two to share


We look forward to seeing you for a romantic Valentine’s night at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow.

Book Now

 

Scuba Diving February Half Term

January 9, 2017

February Half Term

We are going to be open for Scuba Diving throughout the School Half-Term week in February 2017 (13-17th February).

The other activities on site (Segway Active, The Wire Zip Slide, The Giant 3G Swing) as well as the Drive-In cinema, Wigwams and View Cafe Bar will also be running during the half-term week.

As an added bonus, we have decided to offer a 50% Discount on diving during these midweek dates »

If you’re coming down for a dive during that week, why not join the Facebook event »

 

The Wire Zip Slide Closed 07/08 January 2017

January 3, 2017

The Wire Zip Slide Chepstow

The Wire Zip SlideUnfortunately we’ve had to cancel this weekend’s Wire Zip Slide activities due to circumstances beyond our control.

All customers with a booking on the 7th & 8th January 2017 have been contacted directly via email/phone.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

For further details please get in touch »

 

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