Follow “I’m A Celebrity” To North Wales in 2021

STORY BY Patrick 11th December 2020

The huge success of the move of the “I’m A Celebrity” TV show from Australia to its dramatic North Wales backdrop during the pandemic hasw left lots of people planning their own exhilarating adventures in Wales in 2021.

North Wales has become a mecca for white-knuckle enthusiasts in recent years, with world-leading adventure tourism locations across the region’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks. Something the celebrities discovered themselves.

Visitors to Wales can follow the celebrities’ footsteps and rappel down some of Wales’s dramatic cliff faces. Excursions on Anglesey’s rugged coastline are available with expert guidance from the team at Gaia Adventures, who offer tailored adventures for all the family, based on their intimate local knowledge of the area.

Alternatively, guests can treat themselves to camping at its most daring… on the edge of a cliff. The expert team at Gaia Adventures suspend brave travellers from ‘portaledges’ on Anglesey’s cliff sides for an evening of dramatic sunsets and the unique opportunity to fall asleep to the sound of the surf below.

You could also swap Australian surf for a once-in-a-lifetime eFoil challenge on the Menai Straits. The UK’s first efoil school and one of the only places to experience efoiling in Europe was recently opened in the beautifully sheltered Menai Straits at FoilRide. A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that gives Australia’s surfing hotspots a run-for-their-money.

A one-of-a-kind electric hydrofoil surfboard adventure, FoilRide has to be seen to be believed, enabling riders to feel as though they are flying above the water on a uniquely silent and smooth journey.

Despite being one of the world’s newest and most unique experiences, riders over 16 years old can learn to ride one in a matter of hours – with just a token of balance and co-ordination required.

Or why not make a celebrity entrance like no other on the world’s fastest zip line?

Instead of descending into camp via parachutes this year, the celebrities may choose to make a visit to Zip World in North Wales instead, which is home to the world’s fastest zip line, the UK’s only mountain kart track and a bistro-restaurant serving delicious, locally sourced food and drink.

Velocity 2, Zip World’s best-known adventure, features four parallel lines that span 1.5 kilometres over the beautiful blue water of Penrhyn Quarry lake. It is the perfect group activity, with the opportunity to race each other across the lake to see who gets to the other side first – reaching possible speeds of up to and over 100 mph.

Guests can also opt to stay over in ‘cwtch’ glamping pods and eat and drink delicious local produce at the surf-side deli, bar and kitchen.

Traverse the epic mountainscapes of Snowdonia National Park

Mountains, castles and coast– there’s plenty of adventure beyond the celebrity camp to be found in Snowdonia, the oldest and biggest of Wales’ three National Parks.

Most first-timers to Snowdonia National Park want to climb Snowdon itself but there are more than a dozen quieter local peaks that top the magic 3,000ft (914m) figure. They’re all in three neighbouring ranges: the Snowdon Massif, Carneddau and Glyderau – where explorers will find the peak voted British walkers’ favourite, the fabulous Tryfan. Further south, Cader Idris is a magnificent mountain set around a glacial lake; to the east, the lakeside town of Bala is the starting point for adventures in the Aran and Arenig ranges, where walkers are likely to have summits to themselves.

Travelling safely and responsibly when the time is right

Preparing ahead and following all available safety advice is key. More information here.

There are different travel restrictions currently across the UK. The latest advice can be found here.

Addo – which is Welsh for the verb ‘to promise’– is Visit Wales’ responsible tourism pledge which future visitors can take to help protect and care for one another and Wales’ epic landscapes, while they enjoy everything that Wales has to offer.

From understanding and experiencing the country’s culture, to learning how to protect its natural landscapes, Addo helps visitors have the most authentic experience of Wales whilst they take an active role in protecting the environment and communities around them.


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