Bounce Below (underground trampolines)
It’s been a while since my last blog due to summer holidays and then a busy time at work with the new Wales Cottage Holidays website - I hope you like it as we think it’s great and well worth all the hard work!
One of the other things that kept us busy at Wales Cottage Holidays was an afternoon tea that we held up in North Wales where we from the office could meet our owners from that area and beyond. We were excited about being able to put faces to voices usually only heard over the phone but we also thought that if we were all heading up to Llanrwst wouldn’t it be great to make a whole day of the trip north and it wasn’t hard to decide what we wanted to do…… Bounce Below!
For those of you who haven’t yet heard of Bounce Below it was opened last summer by the team behind Zip World and consists of a series of big trampolines linked with net tunnel slides and net walkways suspended below ground in the Llechwedd Slate Caverns near Blaenau Ffestiniog. The majority of us had been itching to go since it opened and it didn’t take much to persuade the others.
Bounce Below is described on their website as a ‘subterranean playground’ and it really, really was! We had an hour on the trampolines and it was certainly the most fun I had had in a long time. After you sign in you get ready, listen to a brief safety presentation (we highly recommend the holding your elbows into your body with your hands over your face protecting your nose when going down the tunnel slides to prevent net burn!) and then walk from the centre into the caves.
At first sight you wonder what can keep you entertained for an hour but it is absolutely brilliant! It takes a little while to get used to the feeling but we soon got the hang of it even if our jumping, or should I say landing, wasn’t always the most elegant or even on our feet. The sliding between trampolines was fun and the feeling of being suspended within the caves was great but my favourite bit was the extra bouncy trampoline we found in one of the off shoot caves, I don’t know which took my breath away more, the bouncing or all the laughing we did! To get an idea of what it is like take a peek at this short youtube clip of some ex Welsh internationals given it a go, although I don’t think everyone would be allowed to take a rugby ball on with them!
Before we went we had taken the time to read about the practicalities and we were glad we had. We all had on sensible old clothes and trainers so we didn’t have to wear the overalls supplied if necessary and we knew that we would have to wear hard hats. The hairnets (single use) were a bit of a surprise but a nice touch that they were provided.
After our hour was up, and we spent an interesting five minutes in the ladies facilities trying to make ourselves presentable for our owner event, we treated ourselves to a bit of lunch in the café which was very tasty.
There is no doubt that we would go back and do it again but we were thinking we might all try the Zip Wire next. I will let you know how we get on!