Zip World has announced plans for a new adventure park to be built in the village of Rhigos in the county of Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales.
The adventure company will submit plans for the new park following a consultation period, which will conclude on March 17, 2019. Zip World currently has three adventure sites dotted around Snowdonia. The park will be the first Zip World to open outside of North Wales.
Talking about the opening of a new Zip World, Sean Taylor, founder and chief executive of the adventure parks, said:
“This marks a huge milestone for Zip World and we’re enormously excited about submitting phase one of our brand of adventure to another beautiful Welsh landscape.
“A new and inspiring location for Zip World, we hope to build a world class destination providing local jobs and significant economic benefits for the region, just as we’ve done in North Wales since opening in 2013.
“We’re confident our proposals are in the line with the council’s vision for the area and will continue to work constructively with them as we eagerly await the development of this iconic site.”
Andrew Morgan, leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said:
“The decision of Zip World to submit a planning application, for consideration by our Planning and Development Committee, to develop a new adventure experience near Rhigos, is a positive endorsement of the tourism potential of our Northern Valleys.
“It is encouraging that Zip World Ltd recognise the visitor potential of this location for a new Zip World venue, seeking to build a world class tourist destination providing new local jobs and significant economic benefits for the region.
“This application demonstrates once again the tourism potential our valleys have to offer, thanks to their natural beauty and the strategic transport links which connect RCT to the wider region such as the A470, the planned A465 Dualling and the major plans under Metro.
“This proposal, subject to planning consent, would deliver one of the UK’s most successful visitor attractions to Rhondda Cynon Taf, a project which would further compliment other exciting tourism projects such as the Rhondda and Abernant Tunnels and future proposals for Dare Valley Country Park.”
The first Zip World opened in Bethesda in 2013. Featuring the longest ziplines in Europe, massive underground trampolines and high-rope cavern adventures, this hugely-popular adventure experience has contributed £251 million to the economy of North Wales.