Voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales for six years running, days out don’t get much better than this! GreenWood Forest Park is set in 27 magical acres, and it’s easy to see why it’s a full day out - discovering woodland adventure, awesome attractions and forest family fun.
Make a splash on the UK’s only solar powered water ride, Jump aboard the world’s first people powered roller coaster or zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales! Children will love discovering the super bouncy Giant Jumper, exploring the turrets of TreeTop Towers, taking their shoes and socks off for the BareFoot Trail or aiming for gold at Archery.
We have those rainy days covered too! The Enchanted WoodBarn is full of the latest indoor play with a separate area for the under 3s.
Prepare to be dazzled in the Forest Theatre where during the school holidays you will find our fabulous entertainers, including: Smarty Marty the Clown, Harley’s Showtime and Ricardo the Pirate – they just can’t wait to make you laugh. Get creative in the craft area where you can see local crafts people and make something unique to take home with you!
Smaller tots will also find a fun-filled adventure in the Little Forest PlayBarn, Toddlers Village, Tunnel Warren and the Little Green Run.
With so much to do on a day out, you’ll need a break! In the GreenOak Café, choose from delicious hot and cold meals, as well as a great selection of Fairtrade and locally sourced products. Or during school holidays, grab a bite from one of four great snack bars.
Listen to Welsh legends come to life at GreenWood Forest Park
In 2017 Wales is celebrating its epic past, present and future. Wales will be bringing the past to life like never before, with attractions, events and activities at legendary locations across the country.
At GreenWood Forest Park, North Wales’s leading family adventure Park you will be able to listen to Welsh legends come to life through the storytelling sessions throughout the year. Whilst sat around the giant stones of Poets Corner you can listen to the tales of the Mabinogion and marvel at the majestic Snowdon mountain range in the background.
You can become a legend yourself and try out the new optical illusion, where you will be transformed into a real life Welsh Giant, or you can shrink your Parents!
Elsewhere on site you can make a splash on the UK’s only solar powered water ride (from 18th March), Jump aboard the world’s first people powered roller coaster (from 18th March) or zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales! Children will love discovering the super bouncy Giant Jumper, exploring the turrets of TreeTop Towers, taking their shoes and socks off for the BareFoot Trail or aiming for gold at Archery.
GreenWood Forest Park makes a Splash with UK's First Solar Ride
The UK's only eco adventure park, GreenWood Forest Park, has declared its new fully solar powered action ride, 'SolarSplash', officially open.
Known to be the first solar powered ride in the UK, it boasts a huge water slide with two wave chutes, each approximately 60 metres long, alongside a spiral tube chute at 91 metres long. The ride starts at the top of a 12 metre high tower, reached following a climb of some 64 steps with far reaching views across Snowdonia, and finishes 80 metres away at ground level.
Visitors will shoot down the super-fast slides in bespoke dinghies made for two people at speeds of up to 25 miles an hour. With 25 dinghies in use, the ride can take up to 400 thrill seekers per hour with an age limit starting at three years or 950mm tall. Safe in the enclave of the dinghy, riders will not get wet but will simply skim the waters on the rapid descent.
High levels of electricity are needed to power the huge water pumps, enabling the water to reach the top of the chutes. This power is generated on site via a 150kw solar array installed at the Park last summer, enabling SolarSplash to be a fully solar powered ride. The solar array will not only provide carbon free power for the new ride but should meet around 80% of the needs of the Park for the entire year.
Sion Jones, Councillor helped mark the ride officially open. He said: 'It's an absolute privilege to open this SolarSplash ride this morning. Opening this ride today is the greatest honour I've had as councillor of this area. This ride means more than just an activity. It means a more thriving tourism area. It means more jobs for our young people and it helps secure the future of GreenWood Forest Park.'
Stephen Bristow, Managing Director of GreenWood Forest Park said: “It has taken 18 months from first concept to the commissioning of the ride, but the result is a brilliant new water ride that is powered by the sun, provides lots of fun and excitement, and, very importantly given our North Wales climate, does not make you wet.'
He added: 'It's a fantastic addition to the host of rides and adventure activities that we already have here including the GreenDragon Roller coaster, another world first as the only ride of its kind powered by human energy. We are committed to developing the Park in a sustainable way that not only provides huge entertainment and fun for children of all ages but that actively promotes and encourages sustainability on many levels.'
Funding was secured via a combination of private investment, bank funding through Lloyds with further support from a Visit Wales grant.
Construction work started on SolarSplash in September 2015 and is now open to the public. At a cost of almost £1million, the ride was commissioned by independent experts after a German team spent several weeks at the site installing SolarSplash, following completion of groundworks by local contractor, Alwyn Jones.