Only the bravest of the brave, or the maddest of the mad need apply here. Actually, we’ve done a few of these over the years and they are so much fun. This one is in support of ST DAVID’S HOSPICE CARE and TENOVUS CANCER CARE, two fantastic charities, who do so much great work around South Wales.

We think, if you’re up for the challenge that is, you could actually do the abseil twice.

So, the question is, are you brave enough to Abseil one of the most iconic landmarks in Newport? It’s not just the abseiling, you actually need to climb the 278 steps onto the boom (Pill side of the River) and then you lower yourself 178 feet back down to the car park below. Can you imagine the view when you get up there?

This is a brilliant event for someone wanting to take on a personal challenge or maybe the perfect way to see the views of Newport from the best look out point in the city. No experience is necessary, you will receive full training and guidance from professionals. Trust us, it’s not as scary as you think and the feeling going down is incredible – you will however, scream. Fancy dress is optional and encouraged.

There are a few restrictions……

  • The abseil is open to anyone over 18, or those under 18 with consent and attendance at the event from a parent or guardian.
  • The minimum age is 14 years on the date of the event.
  • The maximum age is 70 however please let us know if you’re over 70 and interested in taking part.
  • Minimum Weight: There is no minimum weight, however the instructors must be able to fit the harnesses properly and securely, which they won’t be able to determine until the day. We advise anyone who is concerned they may not fit the harness to get in touch.
  • Maximum Weight: 21 stone is the maximum weight, however if anyone has concerns over whether they might not fit the harness then please get in touch.

For St David’s it’s just £35 to take part, this includes your safety equipment, full training and 1:1 guidance throughout your abseil from one of the team. T-shirts are available to purchase on the day highlighting the incredible achievement. They ask that you raise as much sponsorship as possible to help maintain vital care services for people in Newport and surrounding areas. A minimum of £75 is requested.

We cannot reccommend this highly enough and it is for an incredible cause. As you are coming down to the ground, you can shout and thank engineer Ferdinand Arnodin who was responsible for this incredible feat of engineering in 1906.

You’ll need to be quick as it happens on Saturday 23rd October. They are pretty close to full capacity but give them a call on 01633-851051 and you may well be able to get in. All the details you need are here. ABSEIL

And for the Tenovus event on Saturday 27th November.

This is the last opportunity for 2 years to have the chance to Abseil from the Newport Transporter Bridge!  They only have 65 places for this amazing event – so be sure not to miss your chance to take the plunge.

Registration is just £25 (+fees) and all they ask in return is that you pledge to raise *at least* £125 sponsorship, to support all those affected by cancer.  

By raising £125 this will allow our cancer nurses to provide support and guidance to 8 people going through cancer treatment through our call back service or could pay for the venue hire for 4 choir rehearsals for one of our 16 Sing with Us choirs across Wales. 

Please be aware of those restrictions before registering. 

  • Weight: maximum 133kg (21 Stones)
  • Height: minimum 1.2m / maximum 2m 
  • Age- minimum 14yrs (14-17yrs requires a participating adult’s consent) 
  • Entries close November 15th at midnight! 

If you’d like to sign up for the Tenovus event, just go HERE.

And if you’re wondering why it’ll be your final chance to abseil for two years, read HERE.

For no other reason than we love this picture, it’s easy to forget that the bridge and the river banks were a real tourist trap back in the day…..


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