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Product News Update from Visit Wales

Product News Update from Visit Wales

2010 sees Wales host one of the biggest sporting events in the world when it stages The Ryder Cup for the first time in its history. The golf tournament between European and US Teams will be played on the purpose-built Twenty Ten Course at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport from 1-3 October.


White water hits Cardiff Bay in the spring with the opening of Cardiff International White Water offering the best way to unwind after a long business meeting. Ride the white water in a duckie, hydrospeed or with colleagues in a raft, as 16 cubic metres of water (80 bath tubs) per second rush down a 250m course that is lined up as a London 2012 Olympics training facility by the Gold winning Slovakian canoe squad. With variable river flows and a course that adapts to suit a range of skill levels, White Water will appeal to paddle sports enthusiasts and thrill seekers of all ages and abilities. Then follow the flow for some après splash in a variety of waterfront bars and restaurants, and into the city centre for one of the UK’s best shopping experiences.


The Chef’s Room fish and cookery school will open its doors for the first time to the corporate market in 2010. The school, located in the world heritage industrial site of Blaenavon, offers a variety of different cookery and food tasting courses.
The Grove, Narberth, Pembrokeshire was recently listed in the Top 10 Luxury British Hotels by The Independent amongst some prestigious hotels.


Welsh Highland & Ffestiniog Railways are joining forces enabling visitors to travel from Caernarfon to Blaenau Ffestiniog – that’s almost 60km of narrow gauge steam! Visitors can now enjoy the journey from Caernarfon, along the foot of Snowdon and down to Beddgelert and the spectacular Aberglaslyn Pass. The service will run through to Porthmadog and link with the Ffestiniog Railway in 2010. Hop-on hop-off tickets also available.  New displays and interactive exhibits are being added to a new museum, as well as finishing the restoration of a celebrity steam locomotive and Britain’s first narrow gauge buffet car.

To celebrate the National Botantic Garden’s 10th Anniversary It’s opening during April and May 2010 to coach and tour operators at a special discounted group rate of £5 per person, the usual group rate being £7 per person. The Garden which has been described as a stunning jewel nestled in the Welsh countryside has so much to offer the visitor. The main undercover attraction during April and May is Lord Foster’s stunning Great Glasshouse which houses the best collection of Mediterranean climate zone plants in the world.


Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, near Llangollen in North Wales, the country's longest and highest aqueduct, has been awarded World Heritage Status. The impressive aqueduct is one of Thomas Telford's greatest civil engineering achievements. A cast-iron trough carries the canal 126 feet (38m) above the river Dee and the 200-year old structure is still welcoming thousands of canal boats and walkers each year.

Ffoslas – Britain’s first new National Hunt, Hurdles and Flat Racecourse development in 80 years has opened in Carmarthenshire offering a race programme, 8 hospitality boxes and non-match day conference centre hire for up to 800 people. Putter & Flutter packages also available combining a round of golf at Glyn Abbey Golf Club.

Hafod Eryri, meaning a summer residence in Snowdonia, is the new visitor centre on the summit of Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. Visitors have the chance to learn about its environment and it provides weather information, advice on routes, amazing views as well as a café and shelter. Visitors can choose to walk up to the summit or take the easy way by hopping on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The journey up and down will take 2 hours 30 minutes but people can opt to walk down.

Penderyn Distillery, the only distillery in Wales, is where Penderyn Single Malt Whisky and other spirits are made and visitors can learn the history of whisky making in Wales in the exhibition centre, followed by a tasting in the tasting room. There’s a Master Class visit for enthusiasts, which involves a guided tour of the distillery shop floor. 10% discount for groups 10+.

Canolfan Cywain, the new rural heritage centre in Bala is now open to visitors. The centre has a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibitions celebrating rural skills and its events calendar includes performances, shows, festivals and local art exhibitions throughout the year. The centre is also ideal for meetings - large groups (up to 80 people) and smaller groups, with catering options.


Nant Gwrtheyrn, the Welsh Language and Heritage Centre, is currently being transformed. A new road leading to the centre is now suitable for large coaches. The residential cottages with a full catering service have been refurbished to provide 4star facilities for up to 75 guests. The new cafe bar with dining/function room seats 150 people - a great venue for conferences and events.

A new circular long-distance footpath, The Mawddach Way, has been created in Southern Snowdonia. The three-day route, covering almost 50 km around the Mawddach estuary is ideal for those who are new to long distance routes. It can be tackled from a single base, so reducing the amount of equipment carried each day.

St David's 2, Cardiff's exciting new shopping development has opened. It unites with the existing St David's Shopping Centre offering 1,294,500 sq ft (129,550 sq m) of retail space, making it one of the largest shopping destinations in the UK with over 160 shops, cafes and restaurants. The centre is attracting lots of new stores to Wales including John Lewis, Radley, Reiss, Crabtree & Evelyn, All Saints, Hugo Boss, Kurt Geiger, Crew Clothing, Essential, Beaverbrooks, Ollie & Nic, J4Jeans and Cult.


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