Adventurous sleepover in an abandoned Welsh slate mine

Mark Waite exploring Braich Goch slate mine at Corris.

Ten intrepid ‘explorers’ are being given the chance to experience an epic sleepover adventure in a Mid Wales slate mine as part of a Great Weekend of Welsh Adventure on April 2 and 3.


Accompanied by one of Wales’ top mine explorers, the sleepover takes place in the historic Braich Goch slate mine at Corris, near Machynlleth, which survives untouched, like a virtual time capsule.


Organised to coincide with 2016 being designated the ‘Year of Adventure’ in Wales, this unique after hours experience will see ‘explorers’ enter parts of the mine which are not normally visited.

The 10 lucky explorers will have to tackle ledges, climbs and scrambles to venture deep into the abandoned mine.
Organised and led by Corris Mine Explorers, this underground sleepover will explore areas of the mine first worked when it opened in 1836 and right up to the 1970s when the doors finally closed.


Explorers will discover miles of tunnels, gigantic chambers and mining paraphernalia and hear authentic and shocking stories about mining life.
In a large disused chamber, midnight hot chocolate will be served before candles go out.  A final exploration will take place the following morning before emerging above ground for a full Welsh breakfast in the adjoining Y Crochan Café.
The Sleepover Adventure will kick off with an evening meal in the Slaters Arms, an historic Corris hostelry which once rang with the singing voices of drinking miners escaping the monotony of dust, noise and impending danger.
As the experience is limited to 10 ‘explorers’ those interested are urged to book their place quickly by contacting Mark Waite at Corris Mine Explorers on 01650 511720 or . The experience costs £150 per person.