From extraordinary concerts to pioneering water sports and first-time events, Visit Wales has announced a landmark list of firsts to officially name 2020 as the Year of Outdoors.
The idea of the themed year is to encourage us all to let the outdoors in and make 2020 the year we explore national parks, mountains, the beautiful Welsh coastline and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that shape Welsh culture and identity.
To kick off the celebrations, Visit Wales is putting on a gig like no other – in a cavern at Bounce Below, merging the lines between outdoors and indoors.
On 29 February, a line-up of current Welsh artists will play underground to a limited number of hard-hat wearing ticket holders, combining Wales’s distinctive mountainous terrain with a mix of traditional and modern sounds.
The bill includes rock duo Alffa, who in 2019 became the most streamed Welsh language act ever, Pembrokeshire born fierce and fragile songstress, Bryde and BBC Horizons 12 alumni’s young soul and jazz artist, Kizzy Crawford – it’s set to be bouncing.
Experience the latest electrifying eFoil water sport – a first for the UK in Wales
As part of the Year of Outdoors, hydrofoil technology is coming to the Menai Straits from April 2019.
FoilRide (an extension of RibRide in Anglesey) will be the only place where water sport enthusiasts can learn to eFoil in the UK, and one of very few places where you can try the sport in Europe.
An eFoil is basically a surfboard with an electric motor that flies above a hydrofoil wing, giving you the chance to fly above water and interact with the beauty of Wales’s iconic Anglesey waterway without imposing upon it. A sense of balance is the only real skill required.
Foilride promise that the art of hydrofoiling can be learnt in just one lesson, so it’s a perfect holiday activity for your next trip to North Wales.
Wales’ newest Adventure Festival for the Year of Outdoors
Adventure Parc Snowdonia will be staging its first-ever Adventure Festival in September. The festival will showcase on and off-site adventures, including a new pump track which launches in April, against the backdrop of the spectacular Conwy Valley landscapes.
The September festival programme will include surf taster sessions, adventure themed workshops and masterclasses alongside lectures, films and music. Festival goers will also enjoy the best of the region’s food and drink.
We’ll bring you the best of the Year of Outdoors events as the year unfolds; stay tuned to our Facebook newsfeed for all the highlights.
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