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Half Term Fun! October 2021

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Half Term Fun

Join us this October Half Term for fun activities at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

We will be open everyday of the school holiday for either the Atlantis Aqua Park or the Wire Zip Slide.

Book Atlantis Aqua Park »

Book The Wire Zip Slide »

Availability

October Half Term 2021

Sat 23 October

Wire Zip Slide
10:30 – 13:30

Sun 24 October

Atlantis Aqua Park
12:00 – 13:00 &
14:00 – 15:00

Mon 25 October

Wire Zip Slide
10:30 – 13:30

Tue 26 October

Atlantis Aqua Park
12:00 – 13:00 &
14:00 – 15:00

Wed 27 October

Wire Zip Slide
10:30 – 13:30

Thu 28 October

Atlantis Aqua Park
12:00 – 13:00 &
14:00 – 15:00

Fri 29 October

Wire Zip Slide
10:30 – 13:30

Sat 30 October

Atlantis Aqua Park
12:00 – 13:00 &
14:00 – 15:00

Sun 31 October

Wire Zip Slide
10:30 – 13:30

Spaces are limited and must be booked online in advance. On Monday 1st November we will be removing the Atlantis Aqua Park from the water, giving it a clean and packing it away until Easter next year, so don’t delay in booking if you want to experience the fun of the Atlantis Aqua Park.

Book Atlantis Aqua Park »

Book The Wire Zip Slide »

Splashing into Chepstow on the Atlantis Aqua Park

Splashing into our Chepstow lake is our inflatable water park attraction – Atlantis Aqua Park!

With 71 floating modules covering an area of 2650m², Atlantis Aqua Park is breathtaking in terms of size, fun and location.

What better way to spend the day than with family and friends, bouncing, hopping, jumping and diving all over our incredible floating Atlantis Aqua Park!

Further Details » | Book Atlantis Aqua Park »

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!

New for 2021 we have two additional zip wires installed at the site, so now 4 of your family and friends can enjoy the Wire Zip Slide together!

Further Details » | Book The Wire Zip Slide »

4 Wires on the Wire Zip Slide Chepstow

Restrictions

Atlantis Aqua Park

• Children under the age of 8 are not permitted to use Atlantis Aqua Park.

• Children 8 to 11 years of age must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 in a ratio of three children to one adult on Atlantis Aqua Park.

• Children 12 to 14 years must have an adult over the age of 18 in the vicinity of Atlantis Aqua Park.

• Under 15’s require a parent or guardian’s permission and signature

• There are no height restrictions, but you must fit into our buoyancy aids and wetsuits.

• Participants must be under 120kg (18.8 stone).

• Lower Limit is 30kg (4.7 stone).

• Full activity terms, conditions and restrictions »

 

The Wire Zip Slide

• 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 »

Wild Boar Olympic Triathlon & 70.3 at the NDAC Sun 20th June 2021

Friday, June 4th, 2021

Trimax Events will be holding The Wild Boar Olympic Triathlon & 70.3 at the National Diving & Activity Centre

Trimax Events will be holding The Wild Boar Olympic Triathlon & 70.3 at the National Diving & Activity Centre on Sunday 20th June 2021.

Please note: Access to the water for divers that day will be from 9am

Around a hundred athletes will start The Wild Boar 70.3 with a 1900m swim followed by 90km 2 lap bike leg around the Forest of Dean and then finish with a 13.1 mile run which will take the runners through the newly opened Tidenham tunnel on the Wye Valley Greenway.

The cut off for the swim is 9.20am and all swimmers must be clear of the water at this time. The first runners are likely to be on the Wye Valley Greenway trail by 10am for the Olympic distance athletes and 11.30am for the 70.3 athletes.

The event will be finished by 4pm.

Full event details and entry can be found on the Trimax website trimaxevents.com

6 Month Post-Lockdown reopening plan for NDAC

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

NDAC Reopen from April

Update June 2021

The Atlantis Aqua Park is now open for bookings on selected dates.

We’re not currently selling Gift Vouchers for the Atlantis Aqua Park.

 

Following a review of the government guidance and consideration of how we can implement it throughout the National Diving & Activity Centre, we are excited to release our 6-month plan for reopening. 

Easter Weekend Scuba Diving

We’re pleased to announce that we will now be able to open for limited Scuba Diving over the Easter holiday weekends (3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th April 2021). 

We’ve established that providing we work to our Covid procedures, keep the Wigwams and changing rooms closed, and only provide takeaway food/drink, we will be able to open as originally planned. 

We apologise for the changing dates and appreciate the frustration some have experienced as we react to the developing government advice. With the easing of lockdown restrictions and the release of our 6-month dates, we hope divers will be able to make firmer plans to visit.

Anyone who has booked scuba diving on Friday the 2nd or Monday 5th April is welcome to contact us to change their booking dates to the 3rd/4th or 10th/11th April. Alternatively, we can provide a 6-month voucher or a full refund.

Scuba diving bookings previously made for the 3rd & 4th April are still valid.

We have also released the dates we plan to open for Scuba Diving over the next six months. Anyone who had a previous Scuba Diving booking cancelled due to Covid will be offered a 6-month voucher to rebook. 

We will be responding to customer emails in the next coming weeks to put all arrangements in place.

Activities

We are pleased to confirm that the Wire Zip Slide will be reopening in July and August. Our other activities (Giant 3G Swing, Atlantis Aqua Park and Cinema) will not be reopening for the remainder of 2021.

Anyone who has a Wire Zip Slide booking/voucher from November 2019 that has expired due to Covid19 will have their voucher automatically extended to use in July/August this year. Please use your existing voucher to make the booking.

For those with Giant 3G Swing, Atlantis Aqua Park and Cinema vouchers, you will be contacted in the next few weeks to offer a full refund or a Wire Zip Slide voucher as an alternative replacement.

Wigwam Accommodation

We are pleased to confirm that we are providing Wigwam accommodation on selected dates between 24th April and the end of August 2021. 

Anyone who has a Wigwam booking/voucher that has expired due to Covid19 will have their voucher automatically extended to redeem and use by the end of August. Please use your existing voucher to make the booking.

All extended activity and accommodation vouchers must be redeemed and used by 31st August 2021. After this date the voucher will expire and will be invalid. No alternatives, further renewals, refunds or other form of compensation will be made.

Opening Dates

For our opening plan for the next 6 months and beyond, please visit our Opening Times Page. All dates are dependent on government/Covid restrictions allowing us to open.

 

NDAC Open Easter Weekend 2021

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

Coronavirus

Header image credit: kjpargeter – freepik
Last updated 24th March 2021

NDAC Will now open for Scuba Diving over Easter Weekend.

Following a review of the government guidance and consideration of how we can implement it throughout the National Diving & Activity Centre, we are excited to announce that we will now be able to open for limited Scuba Diving over the Easter holiday weekends (3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th April 2021).

Full details of Easter Scuba Diving »

Following the recent government guidance, we’re unfortunately unable to open as hoped for Easter on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of April 2021.

We will make a decision on the reopening dates of the National Diving & Activity Centre in the next couple of weeks as we transition out of lockdown.

In the short term, our booking system has been closed and it’s not possible to make any bookings for activities or accommodation for the next few weeks.

Anyone who’s booked scuba diving or wigwam accommodation over the Easter weekend will be sent 6-month vouchers to rebook when we are open.

We would like to apologise to anyone whose messages or enquiries haven’t been responded to yet. We hope to resolve all queries/issues about reopening in the coming weeks with a follow-up announcement on the website and social media.

We would like to thank you all, for your continued support and understanding. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

NDAC Closed until Easter Weekend

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

Coronavirus

Header image credit: kjpargeter – freepik
Last updated 24th March 2021

NDAC Will now open for Scuba Diving over Easter Weekend.

Following a review of the government guidance and consideration of how we can implement it throughout the National Diving & Activity Centre, we are excited to announce that we will now be able to open for limited Scuba Diving over the Easter holiday weekends (3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th April 2021).

Full details of Easter Scuba Diving »

With the country moving into lockdown restrictions, the increasing pressures on the NHS, and the Government’s advice to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel, we have decided to close the National Diving & Activity Centre for all activities during January, February and March 2021.

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Christmas Gift Vouchers for Activities & Accommodation

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Christmas Gift Vouchers

Christmas Gift Vouchers are available now from Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

Give your friends or family members a unique gift this Christmas with an adventurous experience at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

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Video report on Tidenham Tunnel, part of the Wye Valley Greenway

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

The Wye Valley Greenway is now open for walkers and cyclists.

The Wye Valley Greenway provides a sustainable way to explore the beautiful Lower Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Learn more about the Wye Valley Greenway here »

 

A fascinating video report by Forgotten Relics about the fabulous Tidenham Tunnel, constructed in the 1870s as part of a railway connecting Chepstow and Monmouth, but destined to become the second longest tunnel on the country’s cycle network when it reopens as part of the Wye Valley Greenway.

Work to reopen the 1,188-yard long Tidenham Tunnel has made considerable progress in 2020, with tarmac laid by a contractor at the start of September followed by a subsequent volunteer workcamp which saw lighting installed and recesses bricked-up to encourage bat use.

Dating from 1876, the structure is unusual in that it started out as two tunnels; the small, intervening gap was later arched over and backfilled.

It’s hoped to open the greenway – which will connect Chepstow to Tintern – in the spring of 2021.

Words and video by Forgotten Relics

Recent works on Tidenham Tunnel to create shared use path

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Tidenham Tunnel

The Wye Valley Greenway is now open for walkers and cyclists.

The Wye Valley Greenway provides a sustainable way to explore the beautiful Lower Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Learn more about the Wye Valley Greenway here »

Here are a couple of photos taken recently during the works to open up the 143-year-old Tidenham Tunnel.

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National Diving & Activity Centre to remain closed for 2020 season

Sunday, July 5th, 2020

NDAC To Remain Closed for 2020 Season following Covid19 Lockdown

Update August 2020

We’re pleased to announce that we will be reopening for Scuba Diving from Saturday 31st October.

Initially the centre will be open for Scuba Diving Only and will only be allowing visitors who have pre-booked their Scuba diving.

Full Details ›

Book your dive here ›

It’s been a difficult and very worrying year for everyone. COVID 19 has taken more lives and businesses than it should, but thanks to the Government, banks and services, we have managed to remain stable.

As we approach coming out of lockdown and some businesses reopening, we have considered our business reopening. However, we have decided to not open the National Diving & Activity Centre to the general public this year.

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Cashless Payments at the National Diving & Activity Centre

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Cashless Payments at NDAC

We will no longer be accepting cash payments and will only be accepting cashless payments throughout the NDAC.

Most of our activity bookings are taken via the website and the vast majority of onsite payments are cashless already.

We believe this will be convenient for our visitors, speed up transactions and reduce queueing at the site. Studies have shown that a cashless transaction takes on average 1-2 seconds process, compared to 6-7 seconds for cash.

The changeover to cashless payments will start from the date we re-open (following the Coronavirus lockdown).

 



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