Located in Gwynedd, Wales, GreenWood Forest Park, formerly known as the GreenWood Centre, is an outdoor adventure park offering nature-incorporated rides, playgrounds, and the world’s only “person-powered” roller coaster. GreenWood Forest Park was the vision of Gwynedd residents Stephen and Andrew Bristow, who spent much of the 1980s working in Africa with environmental conservation efforts following their graduation from Bangor University.
Using the conservation knowledge and experience they had gathered from their work abroad, the Bristows envisioned the creation of an environmental education project to raise awareness of forest conservation throughout the Wales area, in the form of an adventure park that would incorporate ride challenges and group exercises into the surrounding natural environment. 17 acres of land near Y Felinheli were purchased for the development of an adventure park facility, and in 1993, the GreenWood Centre was opened to the public for guided tours and group activities. More than 30,000 visitors attended the park during its inaugural year, and after a number of fundraising efforts, the park doubled its visitorship after a 2001 expansion.
Rides and Attractions
Today, GreenWood Forest Park attracts more than 150,000 annual visitors, employing more than 100 park assistants to aid with guided tours, group activities, and natural education. As an environmental education facility, the park aims to educate the Welsh public about the importance of forest conservation and the tree species native to the Wales area and beyond. As a major family attraction within the North Wales area, the park has been voted North Wales’ annual top family attraction seven times by visitors and is ranked as the ninth-most-popular theme park in the United Kingdom by TripAdvisor. Recent funding allocated by the Welsh Government has facilitated the creation of several new green attractions and amenities at the park, including an upgrade to the park’s electrical system to provide 80% solar power via extensive solar paneling.
A variety of rides and attractions are offered at the park, including Solar Splash, the United Kingdom’s first solar-powered theme park attraction. Two 60-meter wave chute water slides are offered, along with a 91-meter spiral tube slide, offering riders spectacular views of nearby Snowdonia as they plummet down from the top of a 12-meter tower. The Green Dragon Roller Coaster offers the world’s only “person-powered” coaster experience, taking 20 riders in five cars along a 250-meter track featuring a 360-degree loop. The 70-meter Great Green Run is the longest sledge-run ride of its kind in North Wales, offering a full ride experience and a miniature Little Green Run ride for young visitors, while pedal-powered MoonKarts offer driving experiences through the park’s Lunar Park area and a Jungle Boats flatboat ride provides scenic river views. Other major ride and attraction areas include the TreeTop Towers playground area, featuring netted walkways, timber towers, and tube slides, the BareFoot Trail sensory park walkthrough, and the 1,500-square-foot Giant Jumper attraction for young visitors. The Enchanted WoodBarn and Little Forest Play Barn safe playplaces are also offered for visitors under the age of three, along with the Crocodile Maze, Tunnel Warren, and WildWEB children’s playgrounds.
In addition to motion rides and playgrounds, a Den Building free playspace in the surrounding woods allows visitors to create their own den spaces, while a Poets Corner area offers relaxing opportunities to browse the works of famous Welsh poets and historical literature figures.Longbow Archery competition is also offered, along with seasonal Donkey Rides during the summer season. Several refreshment areas are offered throughout the park, including the Green Oak Cafe full-service restaurant and the Snowdon Snax bar, offering hot and cold drinks and to-go snacks. A variety of live shows and demonstrations are also offered daily throughout the park, including appearances by characters such as Ricardo the Pirate and Harley the Clown and face painting, body art, hair braiding, and crafting stations.
GreenWood Forest Park is open daily throughout the year, with the exception of the week between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The park’s main operating season extends from March through November, with limited operation hours and attractions and special rates offered throughout the winter months. During the park’s off-season, rides and activities are offered on a rotating basis, with available rides and timetables noted daily at the park entrance. Rates are available for adult, child, senior, and student admission, with children under three admitted free with paying adult guardian admission. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times on park premises. Special rates for small groups and organizations are offered, including curriculum-incorporated group excursions for school groups. Birthday party packages are also available via direct booking through the park.
Bush Rd, Y Felinheli LL56 4QN, UK, Phone: +44-12-48-67-14-93