Super Tubing is one of the newest adventure leisure experiences in the UK and the Supertubing experience at the Festival Park in Ebbw Vale, managed by Planning Solutions Ltd, is the longest in the country.
Customers sit on a reinforced inflatable tube which is pushed or spun from the top level of the ride created from a special Snowflex material. Then they accelerate down the 120metre slope racing friends or colleagues – to see who can finish first.
The owners of The Festival Park Outlet Shopping Centre knew that adding an exciting leisure attraction would add to the draw to visit the Retail Park and identified Super Tubing as an ideal solution – being exciting, different and offering an affordable ticket price. However, as Retail specialists – they wanted to appoint an experienced leisure operations company to plan the layout and ride delivery and to manage the attraction on their behalf.
Planning Solutions ltd were appointed in May 2010 on an initial five year contract basis. The Super Tubing rides themselves were funded by a grant from Visit Wales and the Regional Funding Agency and Planning Solutions invested in a Reception and café area above the slope.
Whilst proving to be a profitable business in its own right – the addition of Super Tubing to the Festival Park has also achieved its principal objective of significantly increasing the overall footfall to the Ebbw Vale Festival Park site to the benefit of the many retail outlets.