GreenWood Forest Park
If you’re looking for a family day out in North Wales this summer Greenwood Forest Park is well worth a visit.
Enjoy the great outdoors and have a fun filled day at this eco-friendly theme park. My children never tire of visiting this attraction. It offers the excitement of a fun fair within a natural and nature loving environment.
One of its unique features is that all the rides require effort from the riders; whether it is cycling the moon karts around a sloping track, sliding down the Great Green Run or bouncing on the Giant Jumper. This theme park suits “get up and go” children with a sense of adventure.
It also boasts the only people powered roller coaster in the world. The Green Dragon uses the funicular system developed in the Welsh slate mines to make it work and over a year manages to create more energy than it uses. It isn’t a white knuckle ride but it is exhilarating enough to make young children scream!
My children’s favourite ride is the Jungle Boats. Instead of being shunted along by electric tracks you make your way upstream using a paddle and by pulling yourself along with hanging ropes dotted along the route. They love it. It is great fun and every turn is different. Mine often go on this ride several times.
Other highlights include a barefoot walk over a multi textured natural trail, den building, archery, stilts, several adventure playgrounds and a forest theatre with daily shows.
For creative types there are craft activities such as wood carving and decorating. For animal lovers there is an opportunity to stroke the small furry creatures at the rabbit village. For toddlers there’s an all-weather Little Forest Playbarn which looks remarkably clean and well kept.
Picnic benches are dotted around the park so a homemade picnic lunch is a good option. Alternatively there is a clean, light and airy cafe with a play area to entertain children until lunch arrives. The food here is tasty and reasonably priced although it can get busy at lunchtimes. For light refreshments and ice creams there are several kiosks inside the park.
We thought the admission prices were very reasonable compared to other theme parks with a ticket for a family of four costing less than £40.00.
The car parking is free and plentiful and if you arrive by bus or bike you get a free drink.
We loved the way this theme park allows families to have a great, fun filled, entertaining day out without having a detrimental effect on the environment.
As their leaflet states:-
“At Greenwood Forest Park we are passionate about the environment. We recycle our rain water, have the world’s first people powered roller coaster and have planted over 10,000 trees since we opened in 1993”
Greenwood has won numerous awards including the Rural Wales Award 2012.
My family certainly awarded this environmentally friendly theme park top marks.
To find Greenwood Forest Park put LL55 3AD into your Sat Nav or take Bus 72 from Bangor.
For more information: http://www.greenwoodforestpark.co.uk/
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