Voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales, GreenWood is home to the only people powered roller coaster in the world – the Green Dragon Coaster takes five cars’ worth of people on a downhill whirlwind, through the woods and around a hill, and is entirely powered by the combined weight of the riders!
GreenWood Forest Park makes for a fantastic day of fun for all the family to enjoy. The park opened in 1993, and is located in the small village of Y Felinheli, right on the northern coast of Gwynedd in North Wales. It is easy to get to – because it is in between the larger coastal towns of Caernarfon and Bangor, it’s just a short journey from either one.
The park has, over the years, won a number of different awards. A lot of these are in regards to it being environmentally friendly: awards have been won for such actions as improving the local environment, supporting local community projects, and reducing the use of resources. In 2014, Trip Advisor named it the 9th best theme park in the United Kingdom – pretty impressive, what with all the big-name competition it has!
It has also been voted the Best Family Attraction in North Wales for four years in a row, meaning that you know you are in for a good day out. The park actually stretches over a 17-acre plot of forest land, making it seem that little bit special in comparison with the more tarmacked alternatives that are available.
The Great Green Run is the longest sledge run in North Wales. Clocking in at more than seventy metres in length, the ride is a lot of fun. There’s even a version for littler children, too.
There’s also the Tree Top Towers. This is a unique adventure course for the kids, but with a bit of a difference – it all takes place high up in four tall towers of timber. These are all connected to one another using a colourful array of obstacles, including tube slides and net walkways. Again, there’s a smaller version for smaller folk, meaning everyone can get in on the fun.
Even without all the rides, there is still more than enough to do at GreenWood Forest Park to keep the kids entertained for a few days. There are a number of different indoor play areas, each of which caters to a different age group, from the under-3s to the over-12s, as well as some mind-bending and strength-testing outdoor activities. These include The Wild Web, which is a rope double pyramid that will take some figuring out before reaching the top, and the Jungle Boats, where you must pull yourself up the canal using only ropes!
You can also try your hand at a spot of longbow archery, take in a show or two at the Forest Theatre (we recommend Ricardo the pirate), or even get crafty, with workshops including everything from wood turning and face painting to gypsy flower carving and pyro art. There is so much to do that you’ll have to come and see for yourself – click here to discover our self-catered cottages, then pack your bags and come on down to GreenWood for a fantastic time.
Near to Y Felinheli mid way between Bangor and Caernarfon, the park is easily accessible with a large car park close to the entrance. As well as all the activities there are several snack bars across the park and the GreenOak Cafe.
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