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.
It’s the perfect place to spend the whole day. You can take a packed lunch with you as there are lots of picnic areas dotted around and there’s also an on-site cafe with an indoor play area which serves hot and cold food as well as various snack bars open during busier periods.
The Park opens at 10am until 5.30pm and is open for February Half Term, then Mid-March to the end of October Half Term. During the winter months, the Enchanted WoodBarn indoor soft play area, the café & gift shop remain open.
We arrived shortly after 10am which meant we basically had the place to ourselves. However, many of the activities don’t begin until 11.05am so I’d suggest getting there around this time so you’re not waiting around.
The park stretches over a 17-acre plot of forest land, which may sound a lot but actually everything is spaced nicely close together meaning there’s not too much walking between activities.
There’s plenty for toddlers to do including the Little Forest Playbarn,Tunnel Warren, Rabbit Village, the Little Green Run and toddler sessions on the Giant Jumper. During the school holidays the Park hosts seasonal events including Magician and Pirate shows, theatre productions, donkey rides and craft lessons. Take a look at the website for more information.
Parking is free and the car parks, of which there are three, are all within 2 minutes walk of the entrance. Make sure you use post code LL55 3AD if using a Sat Nav and follow the brown signs to GreenWood Forest Park
Admission costs between £8.35 and £13.95 for adults depending on the time of year. Children under the age of 3 are free all year round. Children aged 3 – 15 are between £7.95 and £13.60. The Park also offers season passes as well for frequent visitors.
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