Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

Music Video by Black Lakes filmed at NDAC Quarry

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

Enjoy this fantastic video shot recently at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow.

Local hard rock/metal band, Black Lakes, recorded the video for their song Deathrone on the floating pontoons in our spectacular quarry.

If you enjoy the track, Black Lakes have launched a gofundme campaign to support the recording of their debut album which is scheduled for a 2020 release. 

The National Diving & Activity Centre makes a great location for filming projects and has been used in feature films and TV shows.

We can offer packages for site bookings tailored to your individual needs and the location has onsite accommodation, the large Water View Marquee and The View Cafe Bar for food and refreshments. The site has spectacular views over our breathtaking quarry/lake and lots of space for events and parking.

To discuss how we could work with you on your filming project or event, please contact us by phone on or via email at

St Patrick’s Day Dance & Fundraiser

Friday, December 6th, 2019

St Patrick's Dance Chepstow

Unfortunately the St Patrick’s Day Dance & Fundraiser has been cancelled by the event organisers

An Irish Dance performance at the National Diving & Activity Centre in celebration of Ireland and St Patrick to raise funds for the Wye Valley Shared Use Path.

The St Patrick’s Day Dance event takes place on Saturday 14th March 2020 from 7pm at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

Includes authentic food and drink, dance and singing performances, raffle and auction.

An evening not to be missed!

Join the Facebook event »

Tickets are £15-£25 and available here »

Programme for St Patrick’s Dance

• Irish Dance Routine walkabout and Line Dancing performance

• Presentation about the Wye Valley and Wye Dean School planning applications by David Judd on behalf of Greenways. (Caroline Lovett and John Grimshaw)

• Including satellite video footage of the whole proposed Wander Wye Route.

• Singing performance by local choir. (details to be confirmed)

• Irish Food and Drink: choice of potato cakes and Irish Apple cake with Guinness to accompany!

• Auction/Raffle (prizes to be confirmed)

• Irish music by great local Acoustic Duo Bertie and Jonny accompanied by Irish singer Lucian.

• Double Measure with singer Sue Skinner from Treblemakers

• Time for a dance!

• Finale

Find out more about the Wye Valley Shared Use Path here »

Karl Kruger at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Karl Kruger

We are pleased to announce our third guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Karl Kruger

Karl Kruger had a military diving and technical diving career spanning three decades. Karl now runs his own dive school providing recreational and technical dive training with multiple training agencies.

Karl’s talk will be on the technical diving expeditions of South Africa – Submarines, Coelacanths & the Ghost Fleet Expeditions.

The Rebreather Reunion is a two day social gathering for like minded divers from all backgrounds and levels of diving experience.

Join us for a weekend of diving and socialising as well as live talks & presentations from our guest speakers.

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Mark Powell at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Mark Powell

We are pleased to announce our second guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Mark Powell.

Mark will be familiar to anyone diving at the National Diving & Activity Centre and is also one of the world’s leading diving instructors. He is a member of the TDI/SDI Training Advisory Panel and an Instructor Trainer Evaluator, the highest rating of instructor.

Deco for Divers

Technical Diving

Mark is the author of Deco for Divers and his new book Technical Diving – An Introduction. In 2010 Mark won the EuroTek ‘Publication of significance Award’ for Deco for Divers and in 2014 was the winner of the Tek Dive USA Media Award.

In 2016 Mark Powell was part of an international team that dived the HMHS Britannic as part of the 100 year commemoration of the sinking. Mark’s talk will cover the history of the Britannic as well as details of its exploration as well as giving an overview of what is required to put together an expedition of this type.

HMHS Britannic was the third and final vessel of the White Star Line’s Olympic class of steamships. She was the fleet mate of both the RMS Olympic and the RMS Titanic and was intended to enter service as a transatlantic passenger liner.

HMHS Britannic is considered the ‘Everest’ of wreck dives. The vessel is the largest passenger ship on the sea floor, followed by Titanic.

Over 100 years have elapsed since Captain Charles Bartlett, standing in his pyjamas on the bridge of the biggest vessel in the world, the HMHS Britannic, gave the call to abandon ship.

It was 8.35am on November 21 1916. The four-funnel ocean liner, built to be even larger and safer than the "unsinkable" Titanic, her ill-fated sister, was listing fast. Bartlett knew the ship was doomed, but on this eerily calm morning as it sailed to collect troops wounded in the first world war’s Galipolli campaign, neither he nor any of his crew could have imagined the speed with which the vessel would go down.

The explosion occurred at 8.12am, sending a giant shudder through the gargantuan vessel, badly damaging its bow as it steamed past the Greek island of Kea. Fifty-five minutes later, the 269-metre (883ft) ship lay on the seabed.

There the Britannic, which was launched in February 1914 at Belfast, and, the following year, put to use as a wartime hospital ship for the first time, would stay at a depth of 122 metres (400ft), untouched and forgotten, until being discovered by the explorer Jacques Cousteau, in 1975.

Today the Britannic lies well preserved in the Aegean. There are many reasons why this is a challenging wreck to dive; the depth of 120m, the problems in getting permissions from the Greek government, the fact it lies in a very busy shipping lane together with all the variations in weather and tides make this a pinnacle dive for anyone.

HMHS Britannic by Allan Green (Public Domain)

The Rebreather Reunion is a two day social gathering for like minded divers from all backgrounds and levels of diving experience.

Join us for a weekend of diving and socialising as well as live talks & presentations from our guest speakers.

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Phil Short at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Phil Short

We are pleased to announce our first guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Phil Short. He will present a 60min talk on J2 1000 hours under the earth. Using CCR in extreme places.

A combination of Dry Caving, Cave Diving and CCR as a lead exploration diver on the United States Deep Cave Diving team J2 cave project under the leadership of Bill Stone that saw Phil and Marcin Gala pass the 4th sump in the J2 cave to discover dry cave beyond at over 1 kilometre vertical and 12 kilometres horizontal from the entrance. The project utilised Poseidon MK 6 CCR and saw Phil spend 45 days underground during the 3 month project.

In 2015 Phil became a member of the Explorers Club, being sponsored by Bill Stone and Jill Heinerth.

Phil was awarded ‘Diver of The Conference’ award at the Tek Dive USA conference 2016.

Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)

Over a 25 year professional dive industry career Phil has logged over 8000 dives and 3500 plus hours on CCR

 

The Rebreather Reunion is a two day social gathering for like minded divers from all backgrounds and levels of diving experience.

Join us for a weekend of diving and socialising as well as live talks & presentations from our guest speakers.

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NDAC finalists in the 2018 Welsh Hospitality Awards

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Welsh Hospitality Awards 2018

We’re really proud to announce that the National Diving & Activity Centre has been shortlisted as finalists for two categories in the 2018 Welsh Hospitality Awards.

• Outdoor Venue of the Year

• Best Entertaining Team

The Welsh Hospitality Awards are a celebration of those who provide residents and visitors with great experiences and enhance the Welsh hospitality industry.

For the full list of finalists, please visit The Welsh Hospitality Awards website »

FearFest-Evil the ultimate scare experience returns to Chepstow October

Monday, October 8th, 2018

FearFest-Evil Teaser Trailer

The Evil has risen and it wants you!

Here’s the latest teaser trailer from our halloween horror event, FearFest-Evil, returning to Chepstow on the 12th October.

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Free African Drumming Workshop

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Drumming at NDAC Chepstow

African DrummingWe will have a free African Drumming workshop at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) with the amazing Djabot Drumming Group.

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Free Live Music from ‘The Jumps’ Saturday 18th August

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

FREE Live Music at the National Diving & Activity Centre Chepstow

Free live music at Chepstow’s National Diving and Activity Centre.

On Saturday 18th August we will be hosting The Jumps.

Founded by Del Walker (Drums), current line up of Lisa Harman (Vocals), Paul Brown (rhythm Guitar), Will Sissons (Bass guitar) and Lewis Weyman (lead Guitar) Playing all your classic Rock // Pop // Indie covers from all decades.

This FREE gig will start around 730pm.

We’ve lots of other live music events planned so keep an eye on the website and our Facebook Events Page.

Tickets & Teaser Trailer for 2018 Halloween Horror Event. FearFest-Evil…The Rising!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Easter Weekend 2018 saw the launch of this terrifying teaser for this Halloween’s FearFest-Evil horror event… The Rising!

A cold, creeping shadow stalks its way across the Chepstow hills, enveloping all that remains of the FearFest-Evil site in its lifeless embrace. Deep within the choking shroud, the dead whisper their secrets of an unfathomable horror, ravenous for flesh and thirsty for the oceans of innocent blood needed to bring about… The Rising.

FearFest-Evil is an immersive Halloween event, taking you on a terrifying journey through anxiety-inducing, adrenaline-filled indoor and outdoor environments.

This horror experience is set at theNational Diving & Activity Centre around an abandoned railway line, disused quarry & forgotten woodland.

FearFest-Evil is the ultimate Halloween Scare Experience for only the bravest of horror fans.

FearFest-Evil runs across selected nights in October 2018, from Friday the 12th and including Halloween, tickets and full details are available from the FearFest-Evil website.



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