Further to my series on Wales, I am covering something a bit different in this blogpost. Located in Snowdonia, North Wales, Bounce Below is the place to go for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.
How I’d best sum Bounce Below up is extreme trampolining down a disused mineshaft – the Llechwedd Slate Caverns. Trampolining has become quite popular in recent years as it’s said to be great exercise, and I’m all for trying something new and adventurous, so I couldn’t wait to check it out.
You are asked to arrive early so that you can stow away your possessions, go through a safety briefing and of course be kitted out with those especially unflattering turquoise helmets – it’s a good thing it’s dark down the mineshaft!
Next you are taken underground via a series of tunnels. Wearing trainers and leggings is a must, and it’s pretty nippy down there so I’d bring a jumper if you are sensitive to the cold. Bringing some water is a good idea too.
Finally, you’ll arrive at where the real fun takes place. Bounce Below is essentially a big kid’s playground – it is pure, unadulterated fun.
There are several levels of bouncy nets, which are incredibly reflexive. If someone happens to jump next to you, be warned that it will propel you straight up into the air. There is music playing and the entire mineshaft is illuminated with trippy, neon lights, making it a fully immersive experience. Because of the dim lighting, you can’t really see the nets, however you can sort of make out the bottom of the mineshaft, so at first it feels incredibly counterintuitive stepping out onto it, let alone jumping on it. No doubt this will provide you with a massive hit of adrenaline.
It’s almost like being in a video game or a dream – I’d never done anything else like it and it absolutely blew me away. I’d love to do it again.
During our visit, the majority of people seemed to be adults and although kids over the age of 7 can enter, I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s the best place for young kids, as it’s so rough and tumble. You do have to keep your wits about you and could definitely do yourself a serious injury if you landed awkwardly or were unfortunate enough to crash into someone else. Because of this, I’d say it’s geared more towards adults.
Don’t forget there’s also Zip World above ground too, for those who love a good view. I would suggest booking tickets in advance as it can get very busy – adult admission is £25 per person. For more information, visit the Bounce Below website here.
All that bouncing certainly works up and appetite, so we headed over to nearby Betws-y-Coed for a much needed, relaxed lunch. I’d definitely recommend it, especially because it’s a gorgeous destination.