“ Address: Y Felinheli / Gwynedd / LL56 4QN / Wales „
Every summer gets harder on finding places to take my four boys. Last year when my sister came to Wales on holiday we looked at Greenwood Forest Park.
Half way between Bangor and Caernarfon. It is 75 minutes from the M56 in the foothills of Snowdonia, a few minutes from the A55 Coastal Highway, just off the B4366 Bethal Road.
Y Felinheli/ Gwynedd/ LL56 4QN Wales
Open from - 12th feb to 20th feb 11am-5pm
13th Mar to 3rd sept 10am-5.30pm
4th sept to 31st Oct 11am-5.00pm
School Term Holidays
Adult £6.45 Adults £7.95
Child £5.65 Child £6.80
Senior £5.65 Senior £6.80
The Barefoot Trail
The Barefoot Trail is 300metres long with a pathway that snakes all the way through the forest. The aim of this is to walk barefoot like our ancestors used to on a number of terrains like pebbles, straw, bark, timber and water.
Moon Karts At Lunar Park
These pedal powered 1 & 2 seater quad bikes and trikes are on a new circuit where you can pedal your way around Lunar Park, great fun for the adults and the children, but bumping is not allowed.
The Giant Jumper
This is amazing, the Giant Jumper is a massive bouncing pillow which is 1500 feet square feet and is the first ever Giant Jumper in Wales. This attraction is for the under 12s and is one of the most popular attractions in Greenwood Park.
A collection of tunnels, slides, rope bridges and towers with a fun animal theme for the children under 7yrs.
Tree Top Towers
This attraction consists of four tall timber towers which are connected to array of netted walkways and tube slides. There is an amazing blue slide which the adults love aswell as the kids.
The Crocodile Maze
This attraction is Britains only boardwalk maze, which lyes on the reinforest edge, there is willow cuttings throughout which grow up and around the maze making it harder to see around corners where the crocodile may appear, the risk is yours. This maze has been especially adapted for wheelchairs.
The Green Dragon Roller Coaster
This was scary for me as ive never been on a roller coaster before, the kids were loving it but my sister and i decided that it was the first and last time that we would go on this ride. This 20 person five car train travels on a 250 metre track with a 360 degree horizontal loop, which will reach a top speed of 25mph. The Green Dragon is the worlds first enviromentally friendly roller coaster which harnesses people power to minimise the use of electricity, this ride will generate more power than it actually uses.
Your first walk is upto the loading platform of the funicular and ride down the hillside, with the combined weight of all persons in the funicular, as its going down the hill it will be sufficient enough to pull the empty coaster cars up the hill to the loading station by steel ropes and pulleys. Then by walking up the steps and stepping into one of the cars to enjoy the ride of your life as gravity takes over, great fun for all the family, although not suitable for the very young.
Great Green Run
The Great Green Run has an amazing 70 metre sledge run which is the longest in wales. By sitting in the sledge with your arms and legs tucked in and listerning to instructions, the time of your life is about to happen, and you wont want it to end, my kids loved this and kept going back for more.
The Jungle Boat Adventure
This was funny for me as the more i was trying to steer the boat with a paddle the more i ended up getting stuck and holding all the others up that were in boats behind me, I couldnt steer for laughing, great fun, in the summer with all the greenery felt like i was in south america or africa rather than snowdonia. This attraction should not be missed.
Ever fancied yourself as robin hood, well the oppotunity is there, with a traditional longbow, you get to shoot three arrows at a time and if you like it go back for more, not suitable for the younger generation though.
The Forest Theatre
A wonderful open air forest theatre which seats up tp 200 people, which is built in a natural amphitheatre in the woods. A variety of performances and shows for all the family at easter and whitsun half term.
The youngsters love riding around on thest tractors, but to get them to work they have to have a £1 coin inserted in them, which i find is quite expensive, as they dont get long to ride on them, can be ultra expensive if the kids want to keep going on.
How about creating a shelter made out of natural materials, fallen branches and logs, great fun for all.
Crafts & Activities
There are many unusual traditional crafts featured at Greenwood Forest, you can carve your very own gypsy flower from a tree branch and watch the stick maker create wonderful things, there are regular demonstrations for all to see.
The Toddlers Village
This was built especially for the youngsters, lots of activitys so they cant get bored, with mini houses and a slide, and nearby is a sand play area. When walking around the forest park you will see Peacocks and Peahens and not forgetting rabbits and guinea pigs, yes Greenwood Park is animal friendly too. So for all the kids that like to stroke the animals don't miss out.
There are two of these for the young and not so young, with lots of activities for the kids to enjoy whilst the parents can sit on the seating close by and relax with a few refreshments.
Stilt Walking Arena
This is located close by to the mini tractors, this is great fun and a challenge for all the family.
Free car parking
Coaches by arrangement
Cafe & Snack Bars
Toilet & Baby Changing facilities
Wheelchair access to buildings, toilets and woodland paths
Dogs welcome on a lead.
So there we are a fun packed filled day for all the family, we all enjoyed it when we went and it is value for money, i would defitnately go again.
You may often hear me moaning about the weather we have in North Wales, or the lack of big shopping parks....but one thing I can't moan at is the wonderful choice of places we have to take the kids. Where I live, I have the unique opportunity to look out my bedroom window and in one direction and see a white lighthouse mark the coastal landscape (we won't mention the wind farms) and in another direction, the snow capped peaks of Snowdonia.
It is in the depth of Snowdonia, that you'll find Greenwood Forest Park, a place that offers something fresh and exciting each time you visit, it is without a doubt the best place to go in North Wales with children. But make sure you head out early, because you'll want to spend the whole day there.
A family ticket ( 2 adults + 2 children ) will cost you £22 low season, £33 high season, under 3's are free. This might sound a lot, but you'll get a whole day's worth of activity and entertainment and if you take a picnic it'll cost you nothing else.
There are so many things to do:
If you've spotted the picture of the green rollercoaster above the review you'll have spotted one of our favourites! This is the Green Dragon roller coaster, a novel roller coaster that is powered by people....by you! Geniously through a system of pulleys and ropes and the weight of the passengers as they ride the rollercoaster downhill.
Another attraction is the Giant Jumper, it's like a ginormous inflatable rubber bouncy pillow, I get really jealous that this is just for kids, you get a 5/10 minute turn to bounce til your hearts content on it...we always have to rejoin the queue straight after because it's never long enough!
What I also like about this place is that, even though the Under 3's are Free, they still provide an area specially designated for them, the Toddler's village. I have 2 children under 3, so this is a huge plus point for me.
Archery is a favourite with my husband, he quite fancies himself as a modern day Robin Hood (minus the tights!), you get to shoot arrows at a target, he never hits it and of course I've heard every excuse in the book why he doesn't but I do! It is fun though.
Another one of my favourites is the Great Green Run, a huge dry slope that you slide down on a plastic sledge ( there's also a smaller one for little children.) This is fantastic, you go really fast. The only thing I don't like is all the steps you have to climb back up to have another go...they're endless!
It's really hard to decide a favourite though, because I also like the boats, there is always a queue for these. It's like a little river route that you guide youself round on by pulling on ropes hanging above your head...it's so much harder than it looks!
There are also woodland crafts and activities to do, den building, stilt walking, a maze - an absolutely fantastic Tree Top Towers, they really have gone to town on this, it's so hard to describe everything and do it justice - but it's like the play ground of all playgrounds set among the trees, like a maze of Treehouses with tunnel slides and bridges. They also have wheelchair friendly play areas - which is really good.
At various times in the day they also have shows on in their woodland theatre, like magic shows that they get the audience to participate, I always try to get my son to put his hand up but he never wants to, I can't blame him really, I think I was like that at that age!
There is also a restaurant that serves hot food and lunchboxes, a museum and exhibition to walk around which is really rather interesting, they have a huge working beehive behind glass - very cool, and lots of touchy feely interactive exhibits.
There's so much to see and do, and all the actvities are free, there are no extra charges, just keep the kids away from the gift shop! They are bound to want lots of cool things in there, and as always with these places, things are quite expensive.
I'd definitely recommend packing a picnic, there's lots of places to sit by the woodland playgrounds.
I recently visited Greenwood Forest Park whilst staying at Greenacres Holiday Park in Porthmadog. Greenwood Forest Park is located just outside the town of Caernarfon and it is well signposted from the town making it very easy to find.
There is a large car park on arrival and a short walk takes you to the entrance. The average adult rate is around £9.00 but this varies dependent on whether it is off peak, mid or peak season and childrens prices range from £5 to £7 again dependent upon the type of season.
The park itself is very eco friendly and has numerous attractions along this theme. There is plenty for both children and adults to see and do and there is even a people powered rollercoaster which is great fun.
There is a restaurant on site too, however there are plenty of picnic areas throughout the attraction so if you wanted to take your own picnic there are plenty of places to sit. Dogs are also welcome on leads too which is great if you are on holiday and dont want to leave your dogs at the caravan or lodge where you are staying.
The site itself is very clean and environmentally friendly. The staff are friendly and helpful and I would highly recommend this attraction for a day out if you are in the area.
This family park was set up in 1993 by Stephen and Andres Bristow and is situated mid way between Bangor and Caernarfon just a few minutes from A55 Coast Road at a place called Y Felinheli. For Sat . Nav users the postcode is LL56 4QN.
The park in open from February half term to the end of October but the opening times vary, for example, from mid March to beginning of September the park is open from 10 am to 5.30pm. It is always advisable to get there early, as it can be very busy during the summer holidays.
Prices also vary between £6.85 and £9.80 per adult and £5.75 and £ 8.95 for a child depending on what time of the year it is. However, you can get good discounts on family tickets. e.g. for 2 adults and 2 children the prices range from £22.50 in the low season to £33.60 in the high season. This price includes all rides and entertainment in the park.
(Its worth noting that disabled visitors and their carers get a 50% reduction).
Car parking is free and there are the usual gift shops, toilets, cafes and snack bars in the park that are all accessible for wheelchair users. There are a number of eating places scattered around the park where you can buy a meal or snack at reasonable prices.
There are also a number of rides - Moon Karts being a particular favourite with the children, where pedal powered one or two seater quad bikes and trikes are ridden around a track. Children of all ages at catered for, from toddlers to teenagers, but there are some height and age restrictions in place on some activitiies and rides like the Green Dragon Rollercoaster.
There are also a number of events held throughout the year, including, a magician show and circus workshops and there are extras like the Rabbit Village.
I have visited this Park a couple of times now and am really impressed by the way it is laid out and the variety of rides and activities on offer.
However, it is worth phoning 01248 670076 to see what activities are on, on any particular day.
The only disadvantage is that you need fine weather.
Greenwood Forest is located in North Wales close to Caernarfon. It is easy to get to and is clearly signposted from Caernarfon and Llanberis.
I have visited Greenwood Forest Park several times as I have a caravan nearby and so I tend to take my children to this attraction a couple of times a year. The entry prices vary throughout the year dependent on whether its low, mid or peak season and an up to date list of these dates and there corresponding prices is available on their website or they are clearly displayed at the entrance. I last visited in mid season and it cost me £8.10 per adult and £6.85 per child. My two children who are under 3 were allowed entry free of charge.
There is plenty of parking spaces and there is an overflow car park situated across the road for busier days. There are numerous coach parking spaces and even room for people to bring their tourer caravans, which is a great idea if you have to leave your site at 10am but still want to have a day out before returning home. Obviously these spaces are less likely to be vacant later in the day so if your planning on coming with your caravan then its probably best to get there when it opens.
It is a short walk from the car park to the entrance and there are two pay kiosks. Payment can be accepted using cash or card. If you collect Tesco Clubcard tokens, then you can also exchange these for an entry pass on the Tesco website. From the 14th March to the 5th September, the park opens daily at 10am. Some of the attractions on the park however, such as the dragon rollercoaster do not open until 11am.
The park itself is very eco friendly and the owners have tried to use natural products where possible to create their attractions. Their Green Dragon Coaster is actually people powered and is great fun too. I would say however, that this ride is not suitable for those with walking difficulties as there is a lot of walking involved to get to the actual ride. Firstly you need to climb numerous stairs where you are then loaded into a lift which then takes you back to the bottom of the hill. At the same time as the lift lowering, the rollercoaster raises up on the opposite system so kind of like a pulley system. Once you disembark the lift, you then need to climb up the hill again to get to the top where you then board the rollercoaster. If anything though, this just adds to the enjoyment of the ride whilst keeping you fit at the same time.
There is also a fantastic large adventure playground on the site as well as a smaller one for the younger children. There are toboggan type sledges and a large inflatable bouncer. There are also numerous animals throughout the park for viewing. My least favourite attraction is the boat ride. This seems to have lacked maintenance over the years as I did used to enjoy it. The aim of it is that you get in a large rowing boat and pull your way along the water using ropes which are hung overhead. You are also provided with a paddle to help you get round the corners and on your way. When I last visited here in May, I found alot of the vegetation to be very overgrown and a huge influx of flies. Now obviously this is there natural habitat, but when you cant see an inch in front of your face because of the number of flies swarming in front of you, I dont quite see the fun side of it. In addition I left the ride covered in numerous bites, not a good look!
There latest attraction is the barefoot trail, taking you back to when people walked over numerous textures barefooted. Whilst on the trail you walk through sand, bark, mud, water, sticks and numerous other flooring. My stepson enjoyed it, but did get very dirty. They do provide foot washing facilities though with cold water and paper towels. There is also storage for your shoes.
The toilets throughout the park are always clean and tidy and there is also a restaurant and shop which are both reasonably priced for a tourist attraction. My family and I usually take advantage of the numerous picnic benches throughout the park instead though and take a picnic instead of spending money in the restaurant. The kids love this just as much.
Overall it is a great place to visit, with plenty to see and do.
GreenWood Forest Park is a rather unlikely find in the North Wales countryside not far from Bangor or Caernarfon. It's an eco-theme park which tries to show that you can have fun without using much power (other than that which you provide yourself). It's NOT a park that pushes the green message at you at every opportunity and this I like. It's that fact that it's understated that makes you think about it.
Greenwood Forest Park is probably most famous for being home to Europe's largest "Green" roller coaster. The coaster itself works along similar principles to the mines and power is generated by people being carried down on a funicular railway which in turn causes the coaster to be lifted back up to the start. The coaster then runs down and the next group of people can be taken. The ride itself requires a lot of climbing - you climb stairs to get to the top of the railway and then, when at the bottom must climb again to reach the coaster carriages. As a result the ride is not suitable for the infirm or those with difficulty walking. It does, however, turn a ride which would otherwise last about a minute into a ride which lasts about 5-10 (assuming no queues) and gives you the opportunity to talk about energy (in particular potential energy) to the kids! The actual coaster would give some traditional coasters a run for their money - it's exhilarating in a "boneshaker style" but with the smoothness of a modern coaster. It packs the "Gs" and was equally enjoyed by me (a bit of a coaster junkie), my husband (a coaster wimp) and my new almost 3 year old coaster junkie!
The park is not all about the coaster though. Other self-powered rides include a boat ride (where you paddle/pull yourself along with ropes), a couple of great toboggan runs (one for the little ones (under 3 and one for the rest (which my not quite 3 year old was very happy to be on)), and some great bike-type activities (which really tested the strength of our legs). There is also a variety of mazes, climbing activities, slides and bouncers to be enjoyed with much to discover in the surrounding wooded landscape.
The other major attraction is the bare-foot walk where you can get back to nature via a barefoot walk through various types of ground including sand, cobbles, mud, water and straw. Immense fun and strangely refreshing. Wash facilities are provided (cold!).
There is a small outdoor theatre with various shows and activities on throughout the day and wandering entertainers keep folk amused as they walk through the park.
Toilets are clean and sited throughout the site and there is a cafe offering good value basic meals. Unlike other tourist attractions prices were not reflective of the fact that there was a captive audience which was very welcomed. Wait times were not too bad for table service. There were plenty of tables dotted around the park for picnicking and many were in shaded parts providing a welcome break on sunny days.
I liked the fact that this was a simple park and suited to children from toddlers to about 13 years old. I suspect the optimum age range is about 3-8 years. It's a reasonably compact site meaning that there's not far to go between attractions. Although the site states that it is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs it should be noted that this IS Wales and the ground con be uneven and hilly in parts. You'd manage but it could be hard work.
Unlike the traditional theme parks queues are minimal (no more than a 2 minute wait for anything) despite our visit being on a May bank Holiday weekend in bright sunshine! I suspect that it could get busy in the summer but it's fairly remote and small and, as such, is unlikely to attract the crowds that one might expect at a larger theme park. The other great thing is that, being wooded, most of the queues will always be in the shade - something that cannot be claimed by Legoland, Alton Towers or Chessington!
Priced at between £22 and £33 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children (depending on season) I think the park offers excellent value for money with the entrance price covering all the activities bar two (some coin operated diggers and cars and craft activities). Under 3s and over 80s are free with a 50% discount given to the disabled and their carers. Height restrictions are minimal and our son at just under 3 was able to go on everything (I think the coaster minimum height was about 95cm). Tall children will be excluded from a couple of the smaller climbing set ups.
Please note - do as the website suggests and if you are using a sat nav start to ignore it when you see the brown tourist signs - if you don't then you end up going through some very steep and narrow roads that are not suited to tourist traffic. It will take about 5 minutes more if you follow the tourist signs but you'll get there in one piece!
Something for the entire family.