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Greenwood Forest Park (Gwynedd)
Member Name: fragglerock2006
Greenwood Forest Park (Gwynedd)
Advantages: Lots to see and do - super place.
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.
Summary: An amazing place to visit for all the family.