A subterranean former mining spot might not seem like the most obvious place for fun and games. However, at a historic disused slate quarry in North Wales, one beautiful cavern is proving to be the perfect spot for getting in touch with that inner child. Why? Because it has been transformed into an extraordinary underground playpark.
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Today, visitors are able to adventure deep inside the cavern to the aptly named Bounce Below playground. Here, people can leap on three enormous nets which, suspended across a pair of subterranean chambers, behave like a trampoline. The chambers’ levels are linked by slides and passages, and the cavern itself is illuminated by vibrant rainbow-hued lights – adding a surreal psychedelic touch to an already bizarre spectacle.
Bounce Below has the distinction of being the first subterranean attraction of its type on the planet, and furthermore, it accommodates the largest below-ground “trampoline” to be found anywhere in the world. The venue opened in 2014 at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, half a mile north of Blaenau Ffestiniog – a town with an interesting industrial heritage that’s once again attracting attention.