Snowdonia wave pool forced to close for the season

The world’s first dedicated surf park will close for the rest of 2020 according to a press release issued today. Adventure Parc Snowdonia says they are unable to operate within the latest Welsh Government guidelines regarding COVID-19.

In mid-June authorities in Wales issued guidance to close water parks, soft play areas and indoor gyms among other types of facilities. The news comes as Britain just last week lifted the operating ban on theatres, cinemas, libraries, museums, theme parks and zoos.

“Over the last few months we have looked into our entire operation in great detail, examining all the possibilities for operating safely in line with Welsh Government and Public Health Wales guidelines,” said Adventure Parc Snowdonia in a statement. “Sadly, we have come to the conclusion that we have no real option to operate within the most recent Welsh Government guidelines.”

Adventure Parc Snowdonia said that under the June 19th rules they are simply unable to operate the vast majority of the park’s features including the glamping pods, soft play area, indoor facility and the surf lagoon. The company added that because these guidelines are unlikely to change in the near future, they won’t be able to salvage any kind of economically viable summer season.

Despite dropping cases of COVID-19 the wave pool in Wales will be unable to salvage an economically viable season. Image source: Department of Health and Social Care

“It is therefore with a heavy heart that we have to confirm that Adventure Parc Snowdonia will remain closed to the public for the remainder of 2020.  We know this will be a real disappointment to anyone who has looked forward to spending time with us this year. Please be assured that we share every bit of that disappointment.”

The company added that all vouchers valid for 2020 would be automatically extended to 2021.

“We will be launching our 2021 schedules in September, which means that you will be able to book your next trip in just a couple of months. Our construction team is on track with the build for our brand new Hilton Garden Inn, and we look forward to welcoming our first guests there from April 2021. We hope you will be amongst them.”

You can sign up for Adventure Parc Snowdonia newsletters at this link.

In other UK wave pool news The Wave says they are still waiting specifics from the government before opening. Enquiries sent to the Bristol surf spot receive the following message:

“We hope to get the go-ahead to open very soon as well as clarity on any measures we have to put in place. Once we have this, we need some time to get ready to welcome you back. We will be putting in a new booking system to manage visitor numbers as well as making changes to the way we operate the lake and the clubhouse. Most of our team have been furloughed since March so getting things ready will take a little time – we want to get this right to ensure the best possible experience for all of our surfers and guests.”

Main photo by Image Cabin

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