What is GreenWood Forest Park
GreenWood Forest Park is an amusement park set in 17 acres in the Snowdonia area and it has been voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales for the last six years. It is an eco-friendly park and has displays educating visitors – young and old – about the surroundings. The water slide is solar powered and the roller-coaster harnesses kinetic energy. The range of things to go on is also impressive for a park of this size. There are live shows for the little ones so it is good to check out the programme and work your day out around what’s on. Apart from the roller-coaster and the solar water slides, other attractions include:
- Bare Foot Trail
- Giant Bouncy Cushion
- Indoor Play Barn (in the cafe)
- Tree-Top Towers – I can only describe this as a giant outdoor play barn. Harry spent ages inside it.
- Jungle Boats
- Adventure Playground
- Zip Wire
- The Great Green Run (our favourite as we could race against each other)
- The Wild Web – Climbing frame
- Diggers and Tractors
- Sand pits
- Den building
- Craft stations (additional cost)
Tip: Check the height of your child before you go as this will limit the rides that you can go on. The big rides have height restrictions and I saw a few children having to wait at the top for an adult to accompany them.
Where is Greenwood Forest Park
Head along the A55 and come off at the exit for Caernarvon. Follow the brown tourist info road signs. It takes approx 15 minutes from leaving the A55 to get to the venue and the views from the road across to the mountains are stunning. When you turn off the main road there is a narrow lane down to the park itself, however there are plenty of passing places. You may just need to be a little patient.
What is parking like?
There is plenty of parking at GreenWood Forest Park. Where we parked was a bit boggy but then there had been torrential rain so you couldn’t blame them. There are car parks on both side of the road and we were instructed to the one opposite the entrance to the park. Just be careful crossing back over because the road isn’t just for access to the amusement park.
How much does it cost?
It has been a long time since we have visited an amusement park and so we were initially taken aback by the cost to get in. We went at a peak time and the cost of the tickets were £15.90 for an adult and £15.40 for a child – not much of a saving on the adult price. Children under 3 go free. But after a little research I soon discovered that it is comparable with other parks of a similar scale and offering. It is also well-priced compared to other activities in the area. We are just out of touch with the cost of things.
Tip: If you book online the tickets are slightly cheaper. If you can, look at going off-peak, and also check out the web-page for offers.
Is the food any good?
I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and the cost of food in the cafe. There was a good variety of options available. I ordered a jacket potato and a generous portion of chilli which cost £5.95. Harry had a kids meal of pizza, chips, and beans that cost £4.00. My husband had a massive ham and melted cheese baguette for £5.95. Even though it was busy in the cafe the wait wasn’t long and the food was hot and fresh. Drinks and ice-lollies are no more expensive than high street prices.
What are the facilities like?
There are plenty of toilets conveniently located around the park. The measure of a place for me is based on how clean the toilets are, and these were spotless. GreenWood Forest Park passed the test with flying colours.
There are a number of baby changing facilities.
If you packed your own picnic then there were plenty of places to sit down and enjoy it. Bins are dotted around the site and I saw them being emptied regularly.
Tip: If you are pushing a pram then it’s worthwhile knowing that the paths are stone, so you will get a bit of vibration. Take the buggy with good suspension!
There are plenty of kiosks around the park selling food so this kept the queues down.
Did we enjoy it? Yes we did, very much. Although it was school holidays the place did not feel busy and we were able to go on rides multiple times. The longest wait was 35 minutes for the roller-coaster. The wait for the Solar Splash was 10 minutes or less – we went on 3 times! The park is beautifully landscaped, clean, and has a relaxed atmosphere. We all enjoyed racing each other down The Great Green Run.
Tip: The weather is changeable in this area, so dress for every eventuality as you really can get 4 seasons in one day.
Did we feel we got value for money? Absolutely; despite the initial shock at the cost. We were there for half the day and that was plenty for us with a 4 year old in tow. We went on everything that we set out to do. In my opinion the park is most suitable for 4 – 10 year-old’s There are rides and activities for children over that age but the choice becomes limited. My only gripe is the extra cost for the jeep rides. I do feel that should be part of the entrance fee. However what I did like is that you don’t have to exit through the gift shop.
Will I go back? Definitely. It was a lovely afternoon out, and on a nicer day I would like to stay for longer and stop and watch the shows. I liked how this park had something different to it, such as the barefoot trail, and an area to learn how to build dens.
If you are in the area then I would recommend it as a good family day out. If you plan on visiting the area a number of times then I would suggest purchasing a season ticket. After 3 visits you will have already got your money back.
Tip: If you have already bought your day pass and then want to upgrade to a season pass then make sure you do this before you leave. Your day ticket will be refunded against the cost of the pass.