Based in Snowdonia, GreenWood Forest Park is the UK’s only eco-adventure theme park. It is located in the small village of Y Felinheli, right on the northern coast of Gwynedd in North Wales.
Voted the Best Family Attraction in North Wales for 5 years, this is one very green attraction and has won many awards for its eco credentials.
It’s home to the only people powered roller coaster in the world, The Green Dragon, which is entirely powered by the combined weight of the riders.
The Great Green Run is the longest sledge run in North Wales, more than seventy metres in length. There’s a smaller version for younger children as well.
Our favourite was the newly opened Solar Splash ride which is fully solar powered. It’s a huge water slide with two fast orange wave chutes, each approximately 60 metres long. There’s also a slightly slower yellow spiral tube chute at 91 metres long. The age limit for this ride starts at three years or 950mm tall and the attendants are very strict about who they allow on. You do get wet on this ride, though not drenched, but it’s wise to take a change of clothes for the little ones just in case.
The only downside to this ride was that we really wanted to buy photographs that were taken of us coming down the chute but they were £2 each from a automated machine and we didn’t have any change with us. The nearest cash machine was a good walk away so I’d advise taking some pound coins along with you so that you can take home a memento of your day.
As well as the rides, there’s also a Jungle Boat Adventure, a Giant Jumper to bounce on, stilt walking, archery, the TreeTop Towers adventure course, a Crocodile Maze, and Wales’s first BareFoot Trail (walk barefoot over leaves, pebbles, bark and sand).
Quite satisfied with being nicely drenched from the water slide, I didn’t want wet feet as well, so I skipped the BareFoot Trail. My niece and nephew absolutely loved it though. Their wicked laughs at hearing the adults wincing with pain was very amusing.
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