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Twelve Days of Offers for Divers, Freedivers & Open Water Swimmers at the National Diving & Activity Centre

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

12 Special Offers for Divers

To celebrate the launch of our exciting new event the 12 Days & Nights of Christmas, we have a fantastic special offer for divers, Swimmers & Freedivers visiting the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Over the next few months we have 12 Special offers for divers to take advantage of.

These include FREE AIR FILLS, 50% DISCOUNTED ENTRY and even a day were you can DIVE FOR FREE!

Facebook PostTo take advantage of the special offers all we ask is that you:

1) Like & Share this Facebook post »

2) Like the 12 Days & Nights Facebook page before the end of November

The twelve dates for these special offers are as follows

Dive For Free

(Free entry available to Scuba Divers, Free Divers, Experienced Open Water Swimmers and Snorkellers)

Wednesday 30 December 2015

50% off diving

Monday 28 December 2015
Tuesday 29 December 2015
Thursday 31 December 2015 (New Year’s Eve)

Saturday 6 February 2016
Sunday 7 February 2016
Saturday 13 February 2016
Sunday 14 February 2016

Free Air Fill*

*1 x Free Air Fill per person per day up to 15Ltrs
Saturday 2 January 2016
Sunday 3 January 2016
Saturday 9 January 2016
Sunday 10 January 2016

The 12 Days & Nights of Christmas is a new and exciting festive event, running for twelve selected days and nights at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

By day you can visit Father Christmas in his grotto and at night you can meet Krampus the Christmas Devil to explain any bad behaviour!

Explore our stunning woodland walk based on the 12 Days of Christmas and take part in Christmas activities. We have options for breakfast, a delicious three course Christmas Lunch or a Christmas BBQ with Turkey and Stuffing Rolls, Bratwurst, Currywurst and more.

If you dare, you can even escape the clutches of Krampus the Christmas Devil by speeding into the darkness on our 700m Wire Zip Slide!


Scuba Santas 2015 – Saturday 5th December at the NDAC

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Scuba Santa at the National Diving and Activity Centre Chepstow

Saturday 5th December 2015, at the
National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC), Chepstow

Scuba Santas will be entering its 9th year in 2015 and continues going from strength to strength. Often quoted as the “best dive of the year”, the event has raised thousands of pounds the RNLI and DDRC Healthcare whilst breaking its own world record several times over in the process.

Raising Money for the RNLI & DDRC HealthcareEach year, around Christmas time, we dress up in Santa costumes and go diving for fun and to raise money for charity. The money that we raise is shared between two great charities who provide a lot of support to divers – the RNLI and DDRC Healthcare (previously called the Diving Diseases Research Centre).

For the past few years the event has been held at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) near Chepstow, providing an easily accessible location for divers to get together for some festive diving fun!

‘Scuba Santas’ was founded by a group from Yorkshire Divers and was organised for many years by Lloyd Watkin. In 2013 & 2014 DDRC Healthcare, the diver health charity which answers all calls to the National Diver Accident Helpline, came on board to support Lloyd as ‘Scuba Santas Little Helpers!’. This year the event is being arranged by the National Diving & Activity Centre.

JOIN US this year for the 9th Annual Scuba Santas event on SATURDAY 5th DECEMBER 2015 at the NDAC.

This year Scuba Santas are aiming to attract between 100 and 200 Scuba Santas, and to raise well over £2,000 for our two charities.

In 2009 we set the World Record for ‘Most Scuba Diving Santas’ with 158 fabulous Scuba Santas. in 2013 Vobster Santas had 175, so the gauntlet has been laid down… are you up for the challenge this year?

Over £20,000 raised for Charity so far…

In 2007 we raised a few hundred pounds for the RNLI with 8 participating Santas, a Viking, a snowman, and a fairy! By the 2012 event we passed the amazing milestone of £20,000 and we have motivated people to start similar events all over the world since.

Not only is this a great advert for British scuba diving, it provides much needed funds for two great charities, and despite the chilly temperatures helps to get some grumpy people smiling and feeling festive!

Scuba Santas have some fantastic sponsors every year who donate some amazing prizes for our prize draw, helping to raise more money for our chosen charities. We also raise money through sponsorship of the event and sponsorship for individual Scuba Santa participants. Please support us and give generously! 50% of money donated goes to the RNLI and 50% to DDRC Healthcare.

If you want to join this fantastic event, sponsor Scuba Santa, donate a prize or just wish the Scuba Santas well, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Scuba Santas or follow them on their various social media sites. HO HO HO!!!

All details can be found on the Scuba Santas Website


Scuba Santas Sponsor Form

Scuba Santas Flyer/Poster

Further Information

Scuba Santas can be found all over the internet, so if you’d like to find out more information please check us out via one of the following methods:

The Scuba Santas website

Scuba Santas Contact Page

Scuba Santas Facebook page

Twitter feed @ScubaSantas

Location of Scuba Santas

Frequently asked questions


Why not book a Wooden Wigwam, make a full weekend of it and go glamping in style. The wigwams are likely to get booked up quickly with this busy weekend, so book your wigwam early to avoid disappointment.


Official FearFest Trailer – Watch if you dare!

Wednesday, September 9th, 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

FearFest the ultimate Halloween Experience 2015

Wednesday, August 26th, 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.

SUUNTO & FINNSUB Demonstration Weekend 13-14 June 2015

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Demonstration Weekend

EONThe National Diving & Activity Centre will be hosting a SUUNTO & FINNSUB Demonstration Weekend over the 13th and 14th of June 2015.

The weekend will have a large range of equipment from SUUNTO and FINNSUB for you to look at, try or buy. There’ll be the new EON Steel and the great lights from the FINNSUB Range.

Expert staff will be available over the demonstration weekend to answer all your questions, so why not pop in and treat yourself to some new kit.

We will also be holding a BBQ both days of the weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm

Join the event on Facebook >


Deptherapy Navigation Challenge 13th & 14th June 2015

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Deptherapy Nav Challenge

Deotheraphy Navigation ChallengeDeptherapy, a UK registered charity that uses scuba diving to rehabilitate seriously injured service men and women, will be holding its inaugural Navigational Challenge at the NDAC this June.

The Deptherapy Nav Challenge, tests scuba divers of all qualifications and walks of life, encouraging them to participate in our navigational challenge, where divers will navigate to a series of waypoints and complete several challenges set over the course. The navigational course and challenges are designed to make divers aware of good diving practice and skills, as well as build up an awareness of the difficulties disabled divers face.

Divers can enter in teams of 6 or buddy-pairs – those that enter as a team will do the course in a relay form and each buddy pair’s time in completing the course will be added together. The aim is to complete the Nav course and its challenges in the lowest time and the team and buddy-pair with the lowest times for completing the Nav course will win prizes.

The Deptherapy Nav Challenge is a fun and exciting way to encourage divers of all qualification levels and dive agencies to pit their skills against the Deptherapy team and try to beat their time over the course. Come and join us on the 13th & 14th June 2015 from 10am – 4:30pm on both days at the NDAC, Chepstow and see if you have what it takes!

To register a team or buddy-pair for the Detherapy Nav Challenge go to:

All funds raised from the event will go towards Deptherapy continuing to help rehabilitate more injured Armed Service Personnel.

For more information on Deptherapy, please visit their website or their Facebook page

Join and share this event on Facebook >

NDAC Demonstration Weekend 11-12 April 2015

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Demonstration Weekend


The National Diving & Activity Centre will be hosting a diving equipment demonstration weekend over the 11th and 12th of April 2015.

Demonstration Weekend SuppliersThe weekend will include a large range of equipment from the following suppliers, for you to look at, try or buy:

Sea & Sea
Atomic Aquatics
Fourth Element
• Tecline
• Lola

Staff from all the companies will be available over the demonstration weekend to answer all your questions, so why not pop in and treat yourself to some new kit.

We will also be holding a BBQ both days of the weekend at the View Cafe Bar from 11am to 5pm

Join the event on Facebook >

National Diving & Activity Centre demonstration weekend 11th and 12th of April 2015

Sci-Fi Day • Saturday 4th April 2015 at the NDAC Chepstow

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Star Wars Trilogy Weekend • April 2015 • Join us for an Immersive Weekend

Unfortunately, due to a change in licensing we are no longer able to show the three Star Wars films over the Easter weekend.

Star Wars • Accommodation • Food & Drink • LocationAlthough this is a real disappointment, we will continue to hold a special FREE Star Wars / Sci-Fi day on Saturday 4th April where you can come along and meet a range of characters from all six Star Wars Episodes.

This will include Jawa, Jedi, Stormtroopers & Biker Scouts from the 501st Legion UK Garrison, the iconic Darth Vader and many more yet to be confirmed including members of Rebel Legion UK.

This will be a FREE EVENT and there will still be the opportunity to have your photo taken with the characters.

We will also have a hog roast and music on site throughout the day.

Anyone who has already booked tickets will be contacted and given a full refund.

We’re sorry that we’ve had to cancel the films, but hope that you’ll still come along to what will be a fantastic immersive experience.

Accommodation is available at the Wooden Wigwam Village, we have a large number of Standard and Deluxe Wooden Wigwams.

Food & Drink
Food and drink is available at the View Café Bar. With breathtaking views overlooking our Chepstow quarry, the View Café Bar serves an extensive range of hot & cold meals as well as a wide selection of beers, wines and soft drinks from the licensed bar.

This event is taking place at the National Diving & Activity Centre, located on the A48, just outside Chepstow.

For maps and detailed directions, please visit our NDAC Location Page


Segway and Zip WireAs well as the Drive-In Cinema, there is lots to see and do at the site, around Chepstow, the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean, which has seen filming of the New Star Wars film, Epsiode VII – The Force Awakens.

At the NDAC we offer an off-road Segway Active Experience as well The Wire, one of the UK’s Longest Zip Wires.

Facebook & Twitter
Follow the build up for this event on the NDAC Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #StarWarsChepstow



Volkswagen meet at the NDAC 1 March 2015

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

The National Diving & Activity Centre is opening the upper car parks for the Dubs at the Castle Team to host this cold but unique pre-season gathering and free swap meet for all types of VW’s

Come and see the amazing views, v-dubs and boxes of rusty parts while sampling the delights of the View Cafe Bar.

There will be a £5 charity donation to Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice. The staff will be on site with collection buckets.

So throw on some thermals, Warm up the Volkswagen, bring your old boxes of spares and help us raise some much needed funds.

Join the event on Facebook here>

Valentine’s Weekend Screenings at Cinema and Special Meal Deal

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Valentine's Weekend at the NDAC

At the Drive-In Cinema we have screenings of Grand Budapest Hotel and Love Actually over the Valentine’s weekend.

At the View Cafe Bar we have a fantastic special offer.

Two people can have three courses from our special menu for only £20!

Visit to book.

Grand Budapest Hotel
Saturday 14th February – 630pm & 930pm
“The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.” IMDb

Love Actually
Sunday 15th February – 7:30pm
“Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England” IMDb


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