PLANS to stage the UK’s first outdoor multi-sport festival in Llangollen have been revealed by organisers.
Registered charity River Legacy, of Chester, which specialise in paddle sports, will host the event called FLO – Festival Llangollen Outdoor Sports – in the town in November this year.
Centred on Llangollen International Pavilion, the event will aim to bring together what River Legacy calls “the highest concentration of talented, outdoor specialists from across North Wales”.
The charity said the three-day festival will feature activities ranging from running to climbing, swimming to boating, zip-wiring to cooking and will have “something for everyone”.
Organisers hope the event would bring more than 1,000 people into the town.
Plans for FLO were outlined to members of Llangollen Chamber of Trade and Tourism by River Legacy representative Steve Wales at a meeting in the Hand Hotel on Monday evening.
Mr Wales said: “This will be a festival for all outdoor sports. There is a phenomenal amount of talent in this town and the region in sports such as biking and climbing and we want to bring all that together.
“The idea is also to bring business into the town. We will have a campsite but we are also doing what we can to bring people into the town – we really want the whole town to benefit.”
Mr Wales stressed the event was still in the planning stage and said more information was available on a special website set up for the event at http://www.flo-llangollen.com.
The site says the International Pavilion will be the hub of the event and will also give people the chance to have a go at a range of activities, including kayaking, climbing and a zip-wire.
There will also be the opportunity to try mountain biking on an artificial track, and Canoe Wales will be providing equipment for people to try out a triathlon.
Canadian open boat tours will be run down the canal from the pavilion, and walking and biking tours are also being planned.
Activities including tubing and rafting, caving, climbing and orienteering will take place at other locations.
Mr Wales told the chamber there would be many family-friendly activities, including den building, nature trails, learning how to cook, shelter building and fire making.
Tickets for the festival will range from £5 for a day zone pass to £55, entitling a family-of-four to take part in all the activities.
He added: “Our target is to bring 1,000 people into the town over that weekend. We also want it to become an annual event.”