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Better Together: How Adventure Strengthens Parent-Child Relationships

Better together:

How Adventure Strengthens Parent-Child Relationships

Many of us are lucky enough to have treasured childhood memories with our parents. From camping trips to cooking in the kitchen, even the smallest of shared experiences can have a ripple effect on the rest of our lives. Aside from the sentimental side of things, science suggests that experiences are amplified when they are shared. 

 In the US, researchers at Iowa State University followed families through camping experiences in order to measure the impact they had on ‘family function and parenting.’ They discovered that time spent together in the outdoors undertaking challenging activities had a positive impact on the strength of their relationship, understanding between family members and conflict resolution as a family.

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Getting outside your comfort zone as a family can have huge benefits. Even taking the time to introduce your children to your beloved passions and hobbies can act as a natural bonding method, reduce stress, restore your sense of play and build your child’s confidence. I myself am a huge advocate of introducing our little ones to the things we loved long before they came along - things that could potentially shape the paths of their lives and give them outlets for inspiration and wellbeing. 

 I’ve recently introduced my son, Zephyr, to surfing. I’m taking the time to paddle out across the lagoon with him on the front of a big foam board, catching waves and encouraging him to stand up with me. It’s unlocked an entirely new level of surfing, because now I get to share it with my son and watch him experience all of the emotions that I can remember feeling for the first time, it’s truly incredible. 

 

SURF, SKATE, CLIMB & ZIPLINE AT ADVENTURE PARC SNOWDONIA 

Ultimately, adventure is a tie that binds. The inevitable risk that comes with mountain climbing demands steadfast dialogue between climbing partners. The state of awe when marvelling over a sunrise surf is one that connects people to a place, the weary limbs and aching arms that come from a day of mountain biking garners a level of mutual respect that you can’t achieve from sitting on a sofa. The beauty of Adventure Parc Snowdonia, is that you can experience all of the above in one place.

Camp together beneath the stars in our camping pods, take to the climbing wall to test your comfort zone, or jump in the waters of our lagoon to try surfing together for the very first time. Do it all while immersed in the breathtaking scenery of North Wales.


The Realities of Engineering at Adventure Parc Snowdonia

MEET THE TEAM - ADAM (ENGINEER)

Next up in our ‘Meet the Team’ series is Adam Enright, who holds the very important position of Senior Engineer - thanks to him our waves (and various other mechanical elements) are able to run smoothly all year long. After joining us during peak covid times in December 2020, he recently answered a few of our questions about what engineering at an Adventure Parc really looks like. 

Keep reading to find our more about being a Wavepool engineer at one of the leading adventure destinations in Europe. If youre looking to enjoy your job as much as Adam does? Keep an eye on our careers page for various types of vacancies throughout the parc - we’d love to hear from you.

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us today. Let’s start at the beginning - tell us a bit about your background.

 I grew up on Anglesey but now live near Caernarfon. I’ve been in the engineering industry since a very early age, working in a garage over the summers when I was still in school and then pursuing an engineering apprenticeship once I left school. I got into this line of work because my grandad, who raised me and taught me everything I know, was also an engineer. 

 

The outdoor pursuits and leisure industry is quite new to me but it blends well with what I’m used to - so I’m enjoying it very much!

We’re very glad to hear that. So what about outside of work, do you have any hobbies? 

You can always find me fettling in the garage. Whether it's on one of my cars (probably the Ford Capri) or one of many other projects I’ve got on the go. I enjoy cycling, mainly on the road but I do a lot of mountain biking too. I listen to as much music as my ears will allow, and I'm very proud of my records and tape collection. I play bass and drums too.

That’s an impressive selection of talents, Adam! Now we want to know about working with us. How did you end up at Adventure Parc Snowdonia?

Well, I worked as a Maintenance Engineer for many years and was made redundant a few times because of factories closing down for various different reasons. I knew I needed to diversify somehow because I really didn’t want to move away from North Wales. Who would?!

I’d worked with Duffy, a current colleague in the department, at a previous job where I’d served my apprenticeship. He taught me so much and was always an incredible guy to work with! I saw an engineer job advertised and applied immediately, it was the diversity I’d been looking for because tourism and outdoor pursuits is only a growing industry in North Wales. After applying, I had an interview and the rest is history

That’s really great to hear. How do you think your colleagues would describe you in three words? 

Reliable, Benevolent……..and probably Ginger.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the APS team?

 The surf vibe definitely extends to the people, everyone is laid back and understanding. Everyone is willing to help. Overall, it’s a very friendly atmosphere. The engineering team is the best I have ever worked with, we all support each other and will take on anything that’s thrown at us.

We’ll have to make sure the engineering team sees this. What about your favourite part of a typical workday?

As an engineer the variety is incredible. I know it sounds cliché but no two days are ever the same. So my favourite part of the workday is that each one is unique. I like the variety of electrical and mechanical jobs and everything in between. In the summer, walking along the pier with the waves going beneath you is always a highlight for me. 

What’s your favourite wave or activity here on the parc?

I’m still quite new to surfing but I’m really happy with the progress I made up to intermediate 2 last year. It’s not really an activity but our zipline inspections require moving slowly down the zipline and I’ll always try and time it for when waves are running - sitting on the zipline on a warm summer's day above the waves is hard to beat!

Thanks for your time Adam and sharing your unique insight as a Wavpool Engineer. If you qant to enjoy your job as much as Adam does, keep an eye on our careers page for various types of vacancies throughout the parc - we’d love to hear from you. 


Wetsuit Upcycling Scheme

Wetsuit upycyling

As a community of passionate outdoor adventurers, we are incredibly passionate about the spaces that allow us to surf, explore and connect with nature. Championing the environment is integral to the enjoyment of our pursuits and we are delighted to launch our latest partnership, supporting of the great efforts from the teams behind Inland Sea and Dirtbags Climbing with our very own drop in point located in our Surf Shop! This drop in will help redirect textiles and plastic waste generated by the outdoor recreation industry from landfill. Inland Sea and Dirtbagz upcycle outdoor gear and textiles (including, but not limited to, climbing rope, wetsuits, and rucksacks) 

If you're leaky, patched and holy wetsuit has come to the end of its lifespan and is unfortunately beyond further repair you can now drop it in to our Drop in Point, Safe in the knowledge that this will no longer be considered waste, but be upcycled into useable adventure equipment, accessories and goods. 

 Heres what the good people at Inland sea and Dirtbags Climbing have to say. 

In 2019 we chatted on our podcast with Jennifer Wood, from Dirtbags Climbing Co in the Lake District. They make amazing climbing gear made from up-cycled climbing equipment such as rope. We talked about how wetsuits can't be recycled and will only end up in land fill often after limited use, so we decided to create some up-cycled products such as the Human Coaster, a mat to get changed on! Fast forward to 2022 and we have now collected literally 1000s of wetsuits and are currently working on a new project to up-cycle into bags and accessories.

If you have an old wetsuit which you need to chuck out, please don't! Send to us and we will give it a completely new lease of life.

If you can ensure the wetsuit is clean and dry. Please send your old wetsuits to; Inland Sea, The Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6U 

 



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The Gravel Rally Snowdonoa

THE GRAVEL RALLY: SNOWDONIA

We were incredibly honoured to play host to those taking part in the Gravel Rally across the weekend, where riders pushed their limits on an 80-mile course through the dense forests and up the steep, mountainside ascents of Snowdonia over six different timed stages. Rewarding the ultimate all-round cyclist who can take on this intimidating combination of technical riding, dizzying downhill speeds and challenging climbs, The Gravel Rally is an all-new event from the outdoor enthusiasts behind The Pan Celtic Ultra. 

Paying homage to our legendary lands that have seen many motor rally events roar through forest and valley, the Gravel Rally will see riders climb over 10,000ft and allow them to have exclusive access to some of Snowdonia’s most stunning secret spots. Starting and finishing at the parc, the total route boasts an impressive 14 sectors which are covered in detail in the event’s Tulip Guide. Six of these leg-shredding sectors are timed, ultimately championing the most versatile rider with the most resilient quads!  

The event isn’t completely about being pushed to your vein-popping limits - it also offers 8 transition sectors where riders can admire the breathtaking beauty that Snowdonia is known for. 

 

Particular route highlights include:

  1. Llyn Cowlyd, one of our sustainable water sources for the lagoon and the deepest lake in North Wales. - Picture-perfect panoramas of the Snowdon Massif and Glyderau
  2. Scenic stretches along the Lledr Valley Trail 
  3. A crossing of the famous Pont y Pair bridge in beautiful Betws-Y-Coed, the heart of Snowdonia National Park. 
  4. The legendary Marin MTB circuit 
  5. Llyn Crafnant, a three-quarters of a mile long lake and beloved local leisure spot. 
  6. A post-event soak in one of the heated vitality pools at our Wave Garden Spa

While this event was limited to 100 riders and sold out almost straight away, we can’t wait to see how it develops and takes shape over time. The atmosphere across the parc is already one of excitement and anticipation for the next edition. 

To all those that too part this weekend - llongyfarchiadau



Inspiring Young Lives at Adventure Parc Snowdonia

Inspiring Young Lives: Welcoming Wigan youth Zone

A Wigan-based charity that supports and inspires young people to navigate their way through personal challenges were complementary guests at Adventure Parc Snowdonia, in Conwy recently thanks to Chairman, Martin Ainscough CBE.

Wigan Youth Zone (WYZ) opened its doors to young people aged between eight and nineteen years old in 2013 and has provided first-class facilities at its purpose-built centre at Mesnes Field in Wigan town centre, to hundreds of young people.

In May, thirty children, accompanied by their guardians, spent a weekend at Adventure Parc Snowdonia and took part in confidence building activities such as surfing in a natural 300-metre lagoon, whizzing zip wires and indoor Ninja Assault and Slides course all nestled in lush green Conwy Valley in the foothills of the mountains of Snowdonia. The group stayed overnight in the parc’s woodland camping pods before heading back to Wigan the following day.

Twelve-year old, Emily from the WYZ said, “Thank you for a once in a lifetime experience. I have never done anything so awesome and daring and this is an experience I will never forget.”

Sikander Ali, Youth Work Manager at WYZ said: “The patience and attitude of the staff was phenomenal. All the instructors were constantly encouraging our young people and motivating them. Amazing experience.”

A word from our Chairman

Martin Ainscough, Chairman, and owner of APS, said, “To be able to extend a vital experience to the young people at Wigan Youth Zone at somewhere like Adventure Parc Snowdonia, is an honour. We opened the doors, to what is now known as one of the UK’s premier destinations in 2015 and it not only provides people with fun, but also essential life skills.”


2022 Surf Memberships are back! #surfmore

SURF Membership

Up your wave count and #surfmore in Snowdonia with our 2022 surf memberships! Giving you 30% off your next 20 'Just Surf' sessions in 2021! 

People and sense of community are what makes sharing our waves so enjoyable for us here is Snowdonia. We hope to see many of our friends and locals returning to #SurfMore and up your wave count. One way we hope to make this a little easier is through our 2022 surf memberships. Whether you're a local or travel to the remarkable location we call home in the hunt for waves and good times, we look forward to seeing you spend longer in the lineup!

2022 Surf Loyalty Membership - £75

  • 30% off Intermediate and Advanced 'Just Surf' Waves
  • 20% off Snowdonia Merchandise in our Surf Shop
  • Free reusable coffee cup*


#SURFMORE



Winter Breaks In Snowdonia

Winter Breaks In SnowdoniaStay Explore Relax at Adventure Parc Snowdonia

Welcoming you to Snowdonia this winter

Staying active and getting outdoors during winter is essential for our wellbeing. Exposure to daylight regulates our circadian rhythms and raises serotonin levels, in turn bolstering our immune systems and lifting our overall mood. Despite it being the wettest and coldest season of the year, winter in Snowdonia is an enchanting experience of clear, starry night skies, rushing waterfalls and cosy accommodation and brilliant hospitality.  Nestled in the perfect spot for exploring everything that Snowdonia has to offer. 

Our very own Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia is ideally placed for exploring the entirety of the Conwy Valley and the endless natural attractions of the National Park. With comfortable, contemporary interiors designed around our passion for adventure and surfing, the hotel is also home to Zephyr’s Bar & Grill with linked access to the spa.  

There’re a range of rooms available, designed with families, couples and friends in mind. You can also bring your dog along, as our entire site is dog-friendly and there are a number of rooms reserved for those travelling with their four-legged friend. Rooms offer views of the stunning woodland that surrounds us as well as the sparkling surf lagoon below. 


With mesmerising moody mountains, quiet clusters of slate-roofed villages and serene lakes like glass, Snowdonia is a place of wonder whatever the season. During winter, climbers take to the crags of the Snowdon massif, dark-sky photographers await the appearance of the milky way and confident cold water swimmers take bracing dips in the many llyns nestled between the mountains; in short, winter in Snowdonia is all about embracing the elements. 

You don’t have to be an extreme explorer to enjoy the outdoors during winter, as there’s lots of local walks and landmarks nearby to visit. We’ve explored a few of our favourite walks for you to enjoy whilst staying with us. 

We appreciate that rain during winter in Wales is pretty much a given, which is why we specialise in providing an indoor adrenaline fix that can go ahead whatever the weather. With extreme slides, a ninja assault course, adventure climbing walls and a via ferrata inspired high ropes course, we’ve got plenty of activities on offer that will push you to your limits and make for some fun competition between friends.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our captivating corner of North Wales. To book your Snowdonia break, get in touch with us today by calling 01492 353 353 or checking our availability online




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Welcoming Boardmasters to Snowdonia

Welcoming BoardmastersPOOL PARTY IN SNOWDONIA

We were recently lucky enough to host something seriously special on the lagoon here at Surf Snowdonia, involving some of our friends from the team behind Boardmasters!

Bringing some of their best-loved locals along with them, the team visited us a few weeks ago to shoot the video for their first wave line-up announcement. Festivals are something that we certainly don’t take for granted after the last 18 months, which is why we were all the more excited to get involved with this project.

 

We were honoured to have professional surfers Luke Dillon, Tassy Swallow and Lukas Skinner in the water, each of them taking full-advantage of our free surf sessions and experiencing our all-new surf stay packages for themselves. This creative collaboration with Boardmasters is one that we’re really excited about, and we hope to see more of our friends from the south west in the future.


Go Behind the Lens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXaJ3BrEDpk

Boardmasters will take place from the 10th-14th August 2022 in Newquay, Cornwall. Acts including Kings of Leon and Disclosure will perform in the main arena in Watergate Bay and the Boardmasters Open Surf Competition will take place at Fistral beach. You can purchase tickets on their website, here.

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An Autumn Escape

An Autumnal EscapeSeasonal highlights in Snowdonia

Autumn in Wales is an awe-inspiring event that everyone should bear witness to at least once in their lifetime. Changing leaves turn the landscape into a kaleidoscopic quilt of stunning colours, darker skies reveal sparkling stars above and a fresh chill in the air is guaranteed to awaken your sense of adventure. Waterfalls surge, lakes rise and sprawling moorlands turn to shades of amber and ochre beneath crisp blue skies. Clouds roll in and cast moody shadows over the mountains, driving a refreshing rain across the valleys and sending adventurers indoors for the warmth of an open fire and the comfort of butter-smothered Welsh-cakes.

In the midst of it all, seasoned surfers glide effortlessly atop the waters of our wave pool, friends and family members challenge each other on our adrenaline-fuelled indoor assault course and spa-goers recline in comforting pools of bubbling warm water. Autumn here onsite at Adventure Parc Snowdonia offers a certain type of experience for everyone, whether it's retreating indoors to the cosy comforts of your hotel room with a good book, savouring the stomach-dropping sensation of our extreme slides or standing up for the first time on a surfboard. With staycations set to continue into the new year, we invite you to embark on the ultimate autumn escape, right here in our captivating corner of North Wales.

 

Soak up the scenery

For us, autumn is a captivating contrast of hot and cold. Cool, crisp blue skies above fallen leaves of red, amber and orange; the chill of the great outdoors followed by the comfort of a roaring fire and the call of cold water waves alongside heated hydrotherapy pools. This combination is what our Wave Garden Spa experience is all about. Follow our thermal journey through the steam room, Himalayan salt sauna, and jacuzzis, replenish and restore aching muscles with a treatment or simply soak up the serenity and scenery that surrounds you.

Surf longer for less...

Whether you’re finetuning
your stance, practicing your pop-up or just looking for clean, uncrowded
conditions, our surf membership scheme provides the ideal excuse for a return
trip to Snowdonia. Running throughout autumn and into winter, you’ll only pay a
£10 membership fee to enjoy 25% off your next 10 ‘just surf’ sessions. Designed
with cool autumn conditions in mind, you’ll also get a reusable keepcup which is
ideal for a warming post-surf ‘paned.’ Alternatively, if travel restrictions have got you
swapping your usual sub-tropical surf trip for salty shores closer to home, you
can take advantage of our SURF | STAY package designed with progression and wavecount in
mind.

Experience stargazing in Snowdonia

A recognised International
Dark Sky Reserve, Snowdonia itself transforms into one big outdoor observation
centre as the nights begin to draw in during autumn. Perfect for adding some
wonder to your short break in Wales, there is plenty of opportunity for
stargazing and dark sky photography. For more information about the best spots
to seek out captivating constellations and even occasionally the Northern
Lights, follow @visitwales on Instagram.

Admire the Autumn landscapes at bodnant gardens

To witness autumn truly awaken, you can choose to visit the nearby National Trust location of Bodnant Garden. Based just six miles away from our Adventure Parc, this world-famous garden is sure to put you in a spellbinding state of botanical bliss. At over 80 acres, the terrain of the garden shifts between ambling, undulating meadow through to enchanting riverside dells and perfectly polished terraces. A delight for all of the senses, the garden is even home to Katsura Trees, which give off the delicious scent of caramel as their leaves turn from copper-tinged green to red.

hIT THE TRAILS IN THE MAGNIFICENT GWYDIR FOREST

Ideal for lovers of alpine air and adventure, our local mountain bike trails at Gwydir Forest offers some impressive descents and unparalleled views across the Conwy Valley. Located only 10 miles from us, Gwydir offers 25km of snaking, stony single-track combined with unforgettable open stretches of Snowdonia scenery. An exhilarating activity that is sure to spark your appetite, we recommend heading back to base afterwards to hose your bike down at our bike wash and tuck into a fresh, wood-fired pizza served in the Surfside Bar & Kitchen.

Stay Explore relax in the heart of north wales

The ideal autumn destination for both awe-inspiring adventure and family-friendly weatherproof activities, Adventure Parc Snowdonia is the perfect place to stay, explore and relax. With a spa, adventure parc and all-new Hilton Garden Inn based onsite, you’ll be able to experience the very best that Wales has to offer right from your doorstep.

Plan your autumn escape today...

























Launching Surfline Sessions in Snowdonia!

Surf. Relive. ShareLaunching Surfline Sessions in Snowdonia

We are super stoked to have teamed up with the good people from Surfline and Magicseaweed to bring you the latest technology to film your surf!

Welcome to Surfline Sessions! With 3 cameras currently positioned around the lagoon it is now easier than ever to watch you waves and improve your surfing. Hit the button to read more and keep a look out for upcoming our upcoming #wipeoutwednesday and #waveofthewinter series!


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