Rock UK’s Summit Centre in Wales was officially opened by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
The former coal mine has been transformed into a destination which offers fully catered, en-suite accommodation, meeting rooms, and an indoor climbing centre, ideal for a school trip.
The adventure centre offers more than 20 instructed activities and will soon be joined by a new gym and fitnmess centre.
During his visit, The Prince of Wales spent time meeting local children from Summit Centre’s climbing clubs, young people from The Prince’s Trust, of which His Royal Highness is President, members of the armed forces who train at the centre and talked with staff, trustees and the local community.
His Royal Highness also toured the 18-metre-high indoor climbing walls, as well as the residential and activity centre and community café.
About the new centre
Summit Centre’s rural location in the South Wales valleys benefits from numerous off-site activities including; climbing on local crags, gorge walking through natural waterfalls, caving, canoeing, kayaking and eco warrior activities. This allows groups to experience nature first-hand and get a real sense of adventure and excitement.
This major investment at Summit Centre is the first of 11 flagship projects within the Welsh Government’s Tourism Attractor Destinations programme and has been supported with £2.3m from the Welsh Government’s EU funded Tourism Attractor Destination programme.
John Heasman, CEO of Rock UK, commented: “We were honoured to welcome The Prince of Wales to officially open our £4m residential centre which will benefit young people from all over the UK.”
Deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “The team have transformed this site into a first-class residential adventure facility, which creates a new adventure tourism hub in South East Wales. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to assist Rock UK with this development.”
For more information, visit www.rockuk.org/summit.