A couple of weeks back we had a fantastic day out at Greenwood forest park in North Wales. We had so much fun and it’s not hard to see why it has been voted as the best family day out in North Wales. This was actually our second visit. We visited three years back when we just had a two and a half year old toddler. We remembered how much fun she had so we knew it was going to be a great day out for her now that she is 5 and that our youngest (just turned 2) would enjoy it too. It’s a great day out for toddlers, right through to much older kids as there is such a mix of rides and attractions. Read on to discover more about this adventure park and my top tips for visiting with children.
Getting to Greenwood forest park
We travelled from Anglesy to Greenwood forest park and it really was not far at all from the A55, near Bangor and the Snowdonia National Park. It was really well sign posted from the main coastal A55 too. The car park was plenty big enough and only a couple of minutes walk from the enterance. If you want to arrive by bus, there is a bus stop right outside the park.
Rides and other attractions Greenwood forest park
Greenwood forest park is an eco adventure park with rides and attractions that are powered sustainably. For example the green dragon rollercoaster is the worlds only people powered rollercoaster. My 5 year old wouldn’t go on this ride so we didn’t expereince this ride this time. I did go on it with my nephew when we visited a few years back and it was lots of fun. Solar splash is the UK’s only solar powered ride. It consists of three water slides that start 12 meters up. I took my 5 year old on this ride and she loved shooting down the slide with me in a little inflatable boat. Great green run and the smaller version (little green run) are sledge runs that my girls loved. They both enjoyed little green run and our 5 year old was also big enough to enjoy the larger version. Our toddler knew she was missing out on lots of fun as she watched us on the larger ride but she really loved the small version. I think these were probably the rides they enjoyed most.
There was one ride that we were able to all go on together, the enchanted river ride. We all climbed in to a metal boat that we steered around a short circuit using a paddle and rope pulls. Our eldest enjoyed trying to paddle the boat and both girls enjoyed the ride. Another ride they both enjoyed was the moon carts which are peddal powered karts to ride a round a small circuit. There were some twin carts which allowed toddlers to be peddaled around by an adult. Our two year old love this.
We also all walked the barefoot trail togther. This is a barefoot walk that is a mixture of shallow water, straw, sand, pebbles and textured stone. Both the girls really enjoyed this, especially the water, although it was very cold water on the day we visited.
Our 5 year old loved Giant jumper, a 1500 square foot inflatable. We had to drag her away after a while as she would have stayed on all day. Our 2 year old was too small to go on and was not happy about this.
As well as rides, there are other attractions like play areas (both indoors and outdoors) and a woodland theatre where we enjoyed a magic show. The magician was funny for both adults and children and kept the attention of both our girls for 20-30 minutes, which is very impressive.
The outdoor play areas at Greenwood forest park are amazing. For older children there is Treetop towers, where our eldest enjoyed exploring some of the lower levels but didn’t quiet find the courage to climb right to the top. They have really thought about families with mixed age childern here, as there is a nice sand pit in this area full of buckets and spades that our toddler loved. Right opposite is Tunnel warren, the play area for under 7s. Both our two enjoyed crawling through all the tunnels and playing on the other brightly coloured play equipement.
We loved our day out at Greenwood forest park and thought it is great value for money. Ticket prices vary depending on the season. During the school holidays the cost for us to visit with two adults, one child over 3 and one under 3 would be £44.30 if booked online. I think this is fantasic value for a full family day out. The park is perfect for young children like ours but also for older ones too. It’s perfect for families with children of different age groups.
Our top tips for visiting Greenwood forest park
- For up to date prices and opening hours, as well as to check what extra events are on, visit their website.
- Arrive early, there are lots of fun things to do so it’s good to arrive early and fit in as much as possible.
- The park is buggy friendly. It is set in a forest so could get muddy I imagine but it was very dry on our visit. There are some slopes around the site. We took a standard folding pushchair and had no problems pushing it up any of the slopes.
- There are toilets and baby changing facillities in a few locations around the site and we found them all clean and fit for purpose on our visit.
- Check the information board on arrival to see what shows and activities are on, when and where on the day of your visit. My kids loved Erwyd’s magic show in the woodland theatre.
- Picnics are welcomed and there are plenty of benches around the park. There is also a cafe with a fair sized soft play area at the enterance to the park as well as a couple of kiosks further in to the park selling snacks and drinks.
- It’s worth bearing in mind that some activities are not included in the enterance fee such as woodland rovers, the crafts and face painting.
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Disclosure: We were provided with a family ticket in exchange for this blog review. All thought, opinions and photos are my own.