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Oakwood: A Great Day Out in Pembrokeshire
Oakwood Park (Pembrokeshire, Wales)
Member Name: bunnie1982
Oakwood Park (Pembrokeshire, Wales)
Date: 18/10/08, updated on 18/10/08 (38 review reads)
Advantages: Lots to do, weather report on website
Disadvantages: Pricey food
I have been a regular visitor of Oakwood Leisure Park for the past four years, it has kept me coming back again and again due to the experience, although it is quite a drive for me.
Oakwood Leisure Park is situated in Pembrokeshire, just off the A40 at Canaston Bridge and is next to CC2000 Bowling Alley and Entertainment Centre. The park has seasonal opening times and usually opens in March through to September. During the 6 week summer holidays they open for late nights and a firework spectacular.
Oakwood is home to Megafobia which is a CCI wooden rollercoaster. It was built in 1996 and is often ranked in the top 10 wooden rollercoasters in the world.
Other main rides include:
Bounce - A 'shot and drop' tower manufactured by Huss, it is one of the tallest rides in the park standing at 160ft. You get shot up the air and then gradually bounced back down to the bottom (hence the name)
Speed - A Gerstlauer Eurofighter rollercoaster which boasts a 97 degree drop and includes a vertical loop, sharp overbank, heartline roll and helix.
Hydro - Oakwoods biggest (and wettest) water ride standing at over 100ft and almost a vertical drop into a pool of water creating a 40ft wave of water
Vertigo - Riders must pay a total of £33 to ride Vertigo (holds upto 3 passengers) This is described as a free fall experience without the parachute. Having done it twice now I can say it is worth the experience for the adrenaline rush.
Plane Crazy - A flying scooters ride themed as aeroplanes
Waterfall - A two lane waterslide
Bobsleigh - Toboggan Ride
Treetops - A steal rollercoaster that takes you into the trees (tall people mind their heads)
Snake River Falls - A water chute ride
Pirate Ship - offers half swing on the hour.
There are also a selection of rides in a childrens area located at the top end of the park in a small area next to Speed. Also in this area is a Techno Quest.
The rides do have height restrictions, so would probably be best to check on the boards before heading into the queuelines.
The main disadvantage is the quality of the food, although if you dine in the main restaurant it is quite good quality (but a little overpriced) also this year I found near Speed there is a food area that serves very tasty bacon baguettes for reasonable price.
When visiting I usually like to ride Megafobia several times, I find this to be a fun ride and definitely re-rideable. I also enjoy riding Speed however it can be a bit intense coming through the helix. Also both rides are very painful in the rain (which Wales seems to get a lot of). Hydro is one to be done on a hot day as you get completely soaked, although there is a dryer and changing rooms next to the ride. Usually I'm not keen on shot towers but I enjoy Bounce, I don't find it as intense as most tower rides.
This is a park to be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
Summary: A great day out for all
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