Archive for the ‘The View Cafe Bar’ Category

Scuba Winter Opening Times & Changes to Opening Times During Winter Season

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

From 1st October we are operating our Winter Opening Times for Scuba Diving.

From the 1st November 2019 we will be making some changes to the opening times for Scuba Diving and the View Cafe Bar to reflect the quieter season.

Between November and the February Half-Term, we will close on Thursdays. During this time we will open Friday-Sunday.

Following the February half-term we will return to Thursday-Sunday opening until the end of October.

We will also continue to open on Bank Holiday Mondays.

Christmas dates are assessed each year depending on how the holidays fall. We expect to release the 2020 Christmas dates in November.

NDAC Scuba Winter Opening Times 2019/2020

01 October – 31 March inclusive

Monday: CLOSED (open Bank Holidays)

Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday*: 0930 -1700 (*Closed 1st Nov until week after Feb Half-Term) 

Friday: 0930 -1700

Saturday: 0800 – 1700

Sunday & Bank Holidays: 0800 – 1700

Clear of water by 1600

Live Music – Monthly Open Mic Sessions Chepstow

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Live Music FREE Chepstow

Each month we are hosting a Open Mic sessions at the National Diving & Activity Centre’s View Cafe Bar. You can either come along and enjoy the performances or join in yourself. All abilities are welcome.

The acts will be playing from mid afternoon until early evening, so a great way to finish off a day of diving and activities.

Enjoy the stunning views over the NDAC lake, and live music from a diverse selection of local artists.

November 2019

Open Mic Chepstow

Sunday 10th November 2019 • 2:30pm-6:30pm

Open Mic at the View Cafe Bar

Visit the View Cafe Bar for our monthly Open Mic concerts.

You can either come along and enjoy the performances or join in yourself.

Whether you are a professional or keen amateur, all are invited to join in with the other musicians for a jam session or perform.

Please bring your instruments (drum kit provided) and make some music in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

National Diving & Activity Centre awarded 2019 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

NDAC awarded Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

The National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow has been awarded a 2019 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

Because we’ve earned a Certificate of Excellence every year for the past five years, we’re also pleased to announce that The National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) has qualified for the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame.

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Wye Valley Greenway Public Meeting

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Chepstow to Tintern Shared use path. Image by Alan Hayward December 2014

We are hosting a public meeting for the Wye Valley Greenway Project at 7.00pm on Wednesday 27th March at the National Diving & Activity Centre’s View Cafe Bar.

The project’s aim is to restore the disused railway line from Chepstow to Tintern as a shared use path.

The View Café Bar will be open from 6.30pm and project engineer, John Grimshaw, will run over the details of the scheme and answer any queries you may have.

All are welcome to attend.

Join the event on Facebook here»

Illustration derived from original artwork by Alan Hayward December 2014

Ghost Fishing UK Winter Warmer 2019

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Ghost Fishing UK Winter Warmer NDAC Chepstow

Join the Ghost Fishing UK team for a weekend of diving and socials at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Included with your ticket:

  • Ghost Gear retrieval taster workshops and demonstrations (Limited spaces, first come first served)
  • Saturday Social: Hog Roast & BBQ (Vegetarian options available
  • Guest Speakers, LIVE Open forum
  • Video screenings
  • Bar, raffle, auction, competitions and fundraisers.

Tickets for Saturday evening event: £25 per person »

Join the Event on Facebook »

Ticket holders receive discounted diving entry at the gate. This is extra and payable on the day. Please have your eventbrite ticket with you.

Ticket holders may apply for limited spaces on the Underwater Workshops. Once you have purchased your ticket, you will receive an email with details of the Underwater Workshops and a link to sign up. 

Slots for diving workshops with the Ghost Fishing UK team are limited, so first come first served. We will notify you when they are full and start a waiting list.

Underwater workshops will be led by the Ghost Fishing Trainers and are free. You will have a taster session of about 25 minutes in water time, of some of the components of the Ghost Fishing course.

This includes basic skills, equipment considerations, survey skills and ghost gear recovery.

Joining criteria for Underwater Workshops:

  • In possession of Event ticket (£25 pp)
  • Minimum SCUBA qualification: Sports Diver/Rescue Diver or equivalent.
  • Nitrox Certification.
  • Minimum 50 logged dives.
  • Drysuits only. Adequate thermal protection for cold surface temps/6 degree water.
  • Own scuba equipment, fully serviceable and in good working order.
  • Open Circuit only. No rebreathers.
  • Medically fit to dive and able to sign self declaration of fitness for the event.

Please note: Tickets are non refundable.

Date & Time

Sat 5th January 2019, 09:00 – Sun, 6th January 2019, 16:00

About Ghost Fishing

The problem of ghost fishing gear has reached public prominence over the past five years. It is a normal part of fishing that nets, shellfish traps and other equipment becomes lost. This is not a deliberate or careless act on behalf of the fishing community, simply a reality of a very harsh environment. The problem is that the lost gear continues to catch marine life. This has an undocumented effect on the local ecosystem, but is clearly undesirable in any sense. Animals are being needlessly killed.

Ghost Fishing was set up to try to remove this lost equipment from the marine environment. It is a challenging and difficult task. Ghost gear is typically entangled in reefs and wrecks, and its removal can be complicated. The technique involves attaching bags to the gear, which the diver fills with air, making them float. The divers then cut the gear free as close to the seabed as possible. Great care is needed to ensure that the diver does not become entangled with the equipment. This involves a high degree of teamwork, coordination and discipline.

FREE Live Music from ‘The Three Pieces’ Saturday 29th September

Monday, September 10th, 2018

FREE Live Music at the National Diving & Activity Centre Chepstow

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

On Saturday 29th September we will be hosting ‘The Three Pieces‘ with Pub Rock Covers and even some requests!

The Three Pieces are a Bristol based classic rock covers band. They cover bands like The Foo Fighters, Cold Play, Arctic Monkeys and Chilli Peppers. Come and see them, you’re guaranteed a great night out!

This FREE gig will start around 630pm.

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

Free Horror Movies

Following the concert we will have a FREE Horror Movie screening at our Drive-In Cinema. Throughout the month we have free horror movie screenings to celebrate the launch of this year’s FearFest-Evil​ horror event.

To book your FREE tickets to the Drive-In Cinema you will need a redemption code. We will be releasing these codes on the FearFest-Evil social media channels. Full details »

FREE Live Music from ‘You Me And The Dance Floor’ Saturday 22nd September

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

FREE Live Music at the National Diving & Activity Centre Chepstow

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

On Saturday 22nd September we will be hosting ‘You Me And The Dancefloor’

You, Me and the Dance Floor are the ultimate party band. They rock the songs that make your night as epic as you imagine it to be! covering all your classics from 60’s to present day.

This FREE gig will start around 630pm.

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

Free Horror Movies

Following the concert we will have a FREE Horror Movie screening at our Drive-In Cinema. Throughout the month we have free horror movie screenings to celebrate the launch of this year’s FearFest-Evil​ horror event.

To book your FREE tickets to the Drive-In Cinema you will need a redemption code. We will be releasing these codes on the FearFest-Evil social media channels. Full details »

Free Art & Craft Workshop with Craft Fair

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Free Art and Craft Workshops

We will have various arts and crafts for adults and children to take part in at the National Diving & Activity Centre on Saturday 8th September from 10am.
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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 ‘Wired4Sound’ Saturday 15th September

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

FREE Live Music at the National Diving & Activity Centre Chepstow

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

On Saturday 15th September we will be hosting ‘Wired4Sound’. They are a popular 5 piece covers Band with material ranging from the 60s to present day across a wide range of styles.

This FREE gig will start around 630pm.

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

Free Horror Movies

Following the concert we will have a FREE Horror Movie screening at our Drive-In Cinema. Throughout the month we have free horror movie screenings to celebrate the launch of this year’s FearFest-Evil​ horror event.

To book your FREE tickets to the Drive-In Cinema you will need a redemption code. We will be releasing these codes on the FearFest-Evil social media channels. Full details »



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