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We take our children to review GreenWood Forest Park near Caernarfon in North Wales

What is it?

GreenWood Forest Park is a family adventure park which has been voted the best family day out in North Wales for seven years.

Where is it?

It is between Caernarfon and Bangor near Snowdonia National Park.

What did we think?

It’s a fantastic family day out for younger children, especially those aged three to 10.

We visited on a grey, drizzly day and still had a wonderful time. The wet weather meant it wasn’t busy, plus, although it was our school holidays, local children were back at school.

Our highlights

Great Green Run

An exhilarating 70-metre sledge run loved by our three and seven-year-old children and we parents alike. It is the longest sledge run in Wales.

A child sledges down the slope of the Great Green Run

The Great Green Run

And little ones don’t need to miss out on the fun. Next to it is the Little Green Run for toddlers to enjoy.

A girl rides a sledge down The Little Green Run

The Little Green Run

Green Dragon Roller Coaster

This is the world’s only people-powered roller coaster.

Children and families ride the Green Dragon Roller coaster

The Green Dragon Roller coaster

You walk up a hill, get into a people carrier which travels down an incline, pulling the cars up to the station. You then walk up another hill and get on the ride which is gravity driven.

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It’s not a ‘scary’ roller coaster, no loop the loops. Perfect for children, although you have to be 97cm. Our three-year-old loved it.

Magic show

There were two shows at 1pm and 3pm (same entertainer, different show) and we went to both. He really made the children chuckle.

Jungle boats

You have to work as a family to navigate the canal using one paddle and ropes to propel you along.

Solar Splash

This is the first solar-powered ride in the UK and is for braver visitors to the park. You climb up a 12 metre tower and take an inflatable boat down one of two wave shoots or a spiral tube.

Children ride the Solar Splash water slides

Solar Splash

More fun

There’s also a barefoot trail, den building, a crocodile maze, Tree Top Towers tree house with slides, zip wires, Moon Karts, crafts, archery and a soft play area for under-threes.

Tree Top Towers tree house

Tree Top Towers tree house

And there is a bigger soft play area with a great cafe/restaurant where I was thrilled to find a wood burner to sit next to, to warm up at the end with a cake and a cup of tea!

In conclusion

We all leave with a smile on our faces feeling like we’ve had a thoroughly lovely day.

Our top tips

*If it is wet, the magic show is undercover and the soft play areas will be open. Also if it is raining it would be handy to have a towel or cloth to wipe seats/sledges etc so little ones don’t get too wet and uncomfortable.

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*Dogs on leads are allowed.

*Be warned, the exit is via the shop!

*Some of the rides don’t open at certain times of year or in certain weather so check first.

GreenWood Forest Park information

Food: Picnics are welcome. There is a restaurant and snack bars.

Opening hours: 10am to 5.30pm.

Cost: It is cheaper in low or mid-season, rising at peak season to £16.20 for adults and children, seniors and students. Free for children under three. It is cheaper to book online.

Best for: Ages three to 10.

Time needed: At least three to four hours or a whole day.

Access and restrictions: It has partial disabled access but some areas and rides are difficult or impossible to access for disabled visitors. There are height and age restrictions on some rides.

Address: GreenWood, Y Felinheli, Gwynedd. (For sat nav use the postcode LL55 3AD).

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