Want to get some surfing practise in before your next surf holiday? Get some guaranteed waves at the family-friendly Adventure Parc Snowdonia.
At Family Surf Co. there’s plenty we can do to help you prepare for your dream family surf trip – book your accommodation, organise surfing lessons, give you the lowdown on what to pack, and send you bespoke guides on where to surf and things to do while you’re away. But to really maximise your time in the waves on holiday, the best thing you can do is get fit for surfing – and the only way to do this is by grabbing a surfboard and hitting the waves. Not so easy if you’re landlocked, huh? Getting ready for their summer surfing holiday to Mexico, Michelle and Dan Steele honed their surfing skills during a weekend to the Adventure Parc Snowdonia. Offering a consistent (mechanical) wave with a backdrop of mountains and forests, it’s a great place to take the family for their fill of surfing and adventures, to amp you up for your surfing holiday.
Adventure Parc Snowdonia flaunts a brilliant vibe for all ages – whether you’re surfers, skaters or spectators, it’s designed for kids and grown-ups who love adventure and want to spend a quality weekend with each other, with plenty to do. First and foremost it’s all about surfing. And it’s the perfect territory for children, beginners and intermediates to develop their skills and confidence in a safe and supportive environment.
The man-made wave rolls in every 90 seconds, so there are no lulls and no paddle outs. There are advanced, intermediate and beginner sections, so whether you want to master the white-water or shred on powerful head-high peaks, there’s something for everyone. Kids can surf from 5 years old as long as they are able to swim 50m and accompanied by an adult (children aged 5-7 must be booked on a child-only session). On each session you get nearly an hour in the water – that’s about 12 waves to yourself if you’re advanced, 18 waves in the intermediate zones (maximum two on a wave) and the same in the beginners bay (where there’s up to 6 people).
You don’t need to lug your boards with you – there’s a huge quiver of Softech and Firewire boards to choose from. And there are wetsuits for hire, too. The best thing about it is that you really get to focus on your surfing, with no crowds in the water, and consistent waves tailored to your ability. You can also have lessons to give your surfing that extra boost.
Between sessions there’s plenty to do in the beautiful surroundings: Skate around the lagoon, cruise on a SUP and chill out for some delish food in the café. As if this wasn’t enough, now there’s the brand new Adrenaline Indoors section, too. So when you’re not surfing you can hit the climbing walls, via ferrata, one of the world’s largest artificial caving systems, extreme kicker slides, zip lines and an aerial assault course.
The best way to soak up the scenery and immerse yourselves in this veritable adventure hub is to stay here for a weekend. Get cosy in a wooden glamping pod (sleeping four), with under-floor heating, bunks and a double bed on a raised platform. It’s clean, comfy and cute. There are family bathrooms and you’re footsteps from the surf lagoon, the café and all the activities on offer. If you’ve got your own campervan there are electric hook-ups, or if you prefer to surf from the lap of luxury head to Quay Hotel, about 20-minutes’ drive away.
ADVENTURE PARC SNOWDONIA – THE LOWDOWN
Waves: From £35 per session, off peak.
Wetsuits: £6 per day.
Photography: From £7 per image.
Pods: From £65 per night.
Adrenaline Indoors: From £12
Getting there: Adventure Parc Snowdonia is 1.5 hours from Manchester airport.