For the past 7 years GreenWood Family Park (previously called GreenWood Forest Park) has been voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales and the Typical Mummy family would definitely agree! We visited a couple of years ago (you can read our review here) but now the children are slightly older we wanted to return so were really excited when GreenWood invited us along.
Please note: We were kindly gifted 4 tickets by GreenWood Family Park in exchange for this review and social media coverage.
Some theme parks can be very stressful but GreenWood Family Park has such a relaxed, chilled-out and friendly vibe so it really is a pleasurable experience for both adults and children. Set in 27 acres of Welsh countryside, between Bangor and Caernarfon, the eco-friendly theme park (listed by The Guardian’s ‘Green Travel List’ as one of the top 7 top green attractions in the world, in 2010) has lots of different activities to keep families entertained. Here are our top 10 highlights from our recent visit.
The Green Dragon Rollercoaster
The Green Dragon Rollercoaster is the world’s first and only people-powered rollercoaster. You initially ride a People Carrier, during which your potential energy is converted into kinetic energy. The downwards movement of the People Carrier pulls up the empty cars of the rollercoaster and generates electrical energy. Thus, your weight is helping to power the coaster!
My fearless adrenaline-junkie 4 year old daughter had never ridden a rollercoaster before, so was desperate to go on the Green Dragon! She loved every minute of it and immediately demanded to go on again – definitely a success!!
The Solar Splash
Moving on from people power, the Solar Splash is powered by solar power – in fact, it’s the first solar powered ride in the UK! This was our next stop as my 8 year old absolutely loved it last time we visited. You climb up a 12 metre high tower and get into a boat at the top of either a 60 metre long wave chutes or a 91 metre long spiral tube chute. This definitely is a thrilling experience – both children adored it and, I must admit, so did I!
The Great Green Run
After the Solar Splash we headed over to the 70 metre long sledge run, the Great Green Run, which is also great fun. For younger children there is a Little Green Run right next to the big one.
Live Shows in the Forest Theatre
During holidays, peak season & some weekends GreenWood hosts live entertainment shows in the outdoor Forest Theatre. We were lucky enough to catch Erwyd Le Fol, the comedy magician, in action. He put on a great show during which he mixed comedy with magic, juggled knives, encouraged audience participation, balanced 7 brooms on his chin, and more – Great fun!
Enchanted River Ride
The boats on the Enchanted River Ride require you to work together as a family using overhead ropes to pull yourselves along and a paddle. My 8 year old enjoyed working out the best ways to get us moving effectively and my 4 year old enjoyed spotting the mystical creatures hiding along the river bank!
The Dragon Maze tests your problem solving abilities as you search for the dragon in Britain’s only boardwalk maze. The maze is wheelchair and pushchair accessible.
Regular followers of Typical Mummy will already be aware of just how much we love den building, so it’s no surprise that this was one of our favourite things to do at GreenWood Family Park! If we had the time, my children happily spend hours in the Den Building Area, where there are plenty of natural materials to construct the perfect shelter. Bear Grylls would be proud!
The original Land Rover was created in Red Wharf Bay on Anglesey by Maurice Wilks, as a cross between a car and a tractor to be used by farmers. At GreenWood, children aged between 6-11 can drive their own mini Land Rover through the trees on the Woodland Rovers course. My 8 year old certainly enjoyed being allowed to drive a vehicle on his own, and took it very seriously!
A definite favourite with my children was the pedal-powered MoonKarts. You can either choose a two-seater or a one-seater Go Kart and it’s great fun to whizz around the Lunar Park course!
If we had room I would build one of these in our garden – it’s not only lots of fun, but looks fabulous too! Four timber towers rise up through the trees, connected by wooden and netted walkways and tube slides. It’s great for the children to let off some steam and explore, and it’s also great for the grown-ups as there’s only one way in and out so you can sit on the picnic benches at the bottom and have a well-deserved rest!
What Else Is There To Do At GreenWood?
Amongst all of the other fabulous things to do at GreenWood Family Park my 4 year old especially enjoyed a crafting activity and having her face painted and my 8 year old enjoyed the Long Bow Archery and the WildWeb (a six metre tall double mast rope pyramid). It’s also important to point out that for rainier days, there is an Enchanted Woodbarn which is full of great soft play equipment and also has a specific area for under 3s.
Eating at GreenWood
There is a lovely, spacious, bright and clean café at GreenWood Family Park and there is a good selection of reasonably priced food and drink. In the café area there is a lovely play area for the children to play in whilst waiting for their food. On busier days there are also various snack bars located around the park.
Getting To GreenWood
We visited GreenWood from Anglesey. Once we’d crossed the Britannia Bridge to the mainland it was a 10 minute drive, which isn’t far at all! It’s easily reached from all over North Wales and is well signposted from the A55 coastal highway – the SatNav postcode is LL55 3AD.
If travelling by bus, head for the post office bus stop in Y Felinheli. You can take the 5A, 5/5C/X5, 10 or 88 from Bangor or Caernarfon. The nearest train station is Bangor.
For a great family day out in North Wales look no further than GreenWood Family Park! We at Typical Mummy highly recommend it! Prices are very reasonable (varying throughout the season), the atmosphere is very relaxed, the setting is beautiful and there are lots of different activities for all age-groups.
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