GreenWood Forest Park is delighted to announce that they have won the Family Attraction of the Year award with The North Wales Chronicle for the seventh year running. Voted for by Chronicle readers, the award was presented to GreenWood employees on Tuesday 7th November 2017 by Chronicle representative Mari Geraint.
Visitor Services Manager Mark Rowlands had this to say about winning the award “We are over the moon to win this award for the 7th consecutive year. We must say a big thank you to the Chronicle readers for taking the time to vote. Our team work very hard to provide the best experience for all our visitors. It’s a great way to end another successful season.”
Team GreenWood said farewell to one of their longest serving team members this week. Phill Williams has worked as part of the maintenance team for 13 and ¾ years. He will be very much missed by all of the team as well as GreenWood’s regular visitors. Phill won’t be sitting still in his retirement though he’s jetting off to Australia for a family holiday.
The GreenWood Forest Park team, greeted guests from the local council, fellow attractions and close neighbours to a welcome party last night on site.
The drinks reception was to introduce the directors of the parks new owners. Juliana Delaney reinforced her values for the site and the team and promised to work collaboratively with tourism businesses in the area to further uplift the profile of North Wales.
“We bought GreenWood because it’s a great attraction in a fantastic tourism area and we wanted to welcome colleagues and neighbours to reassure them of our commitment to tourism in the area, local employment and the welsh language spoken and used on site.”
Guests on the evening enjoyed local food and wine, archery as well as the people powered rollercoaster.
CEO Juliana Delaney has strong connections to the area with relatives living in Bethel and Caernarfon. She has been a frequent visitor to the local area since she was a child and is well known for professing the beauty and charms of North Wales.
Earlier in the day Continuum Directors met with local Councillor of Bethel Sion Jones who said “‘I had the pleasure of meeting the new owners of GreenWood Forest Park to discuss various issues, and I am excited to be working closely with Continuum to ensure that they have the help they need to succeed. GreenWood Forest Park has a long history of serving local people and beyond, with excellent attractions and rides. GreenWood is a very important local employer, and has employed hundreds of young people from Bethel and the area”
“Although it has been very sad to see the previous ownership depart, I am very excited to see the future of GreenWood in good hands with Juliana and the Continuum team”
There have been some new faces on site at GreenWood Forest Park this week.
The directors of Continuum Attractions, the company that purchased the park earlier in July, have been onsite getting to know the staff and guests, they are delighted with the purchase and are committed to maintaining the wonderful feel at Y Felinheli.
CEO: Juliana Delaney has strong connections to the area with relatives living in Bethel and Caernarfon. She has been a frequent visitor to the local area since she was 2 years old and is well known for professing the beauty and charms of North Wales. Attraction
“We are thrilled to have added GreenWood Forest Park to the Continuum Attractions family. North Wales is a place very dear to my heart and a region that has a fantastic future for tourism. The park is already such a great day out for guests with a passionate team dedicated to providing the very best experience for everyone. Myself and the rest of the team at Continuum Attractions look forward to working with our new colleagues to continue this for years to come.
The former owners Steve and Andrea Bristow, who set up the business 25 years ago, made the decision to retire to enjoy more time to travel and spend with family. York based Continuum Attractions operates visitor experiences across the UK and has a long history of managing successful family friendly attractions.
Kevin Smith, Continuum Attractions Director commented, in between goes on the Solar Splash Slides:
“We are delighted to have added GreenWood Forest Park to our portfolio of award winning visitor attractions.
Continuum Attractions has bought GreenWood Forest Park because it is a successful and award winning family adventure park business. The focus on sustainability is really important across our business.
North Wales is a fantastic place to visit and has important cultural traditions such as the use of the Welsh language. We are absolutely committed to continuing the tradition of the use of Welsh as the first language on site at GreenWood Forest Park.”
Continuum Attractions confirms that the company has purchased GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli. The sale went through on Monday 17th July 2017.
Continuum Attractions has bought GreenWood Forest Park because it is a successful and award winning family adventure park business.
Juliana Delaney, CEO of Continuum Attractions says:
“GreenWood Forest Park is a wonderful place to visit, it also has a fantastic team in place, which is delivering that success. It offers a great visit for delighted and loyal guests. It also champions green and sustainability issues, and manages its environmental impact. We are very proud to take on the GreenWood legacy. We believe in the future of tourism in North Wales in particular.”
The former owners Steve and Andrea Bristow, who set up the business 25 years ago, made the decision to retire to enjoy more time to travel and spend with family they wanted the project, which has been so dear to them, to be put into safe hands. York Based Continuum Attractions operates 8 other attractions from Edinburgh to Canterbury, from York to Oxford, from Portsmouth to Leeds. They operate heritage and entertainment themed attractions and have a long history of managing successful family friendly experiences.
Because GreenWood is already a successful operation, Continuum Attractions is taking on the ownership by working with, and alongside the current team to familiarise themselves with the business and then work together to take the business forward into the future.
GreenWood Forest Park is a TripAdvisor UK Top 10 Attraction and a North Wales Tourist Board Green and Innovation Award-winner. North Wales was voted 4th best place to visit globally by Lonely Planet.
We are very excited to unveil the latest addition to the Park . The new attraction, named the Magic Chair / Y Gdair Hud, will give children the opportunity to shrink their parents in a fabulous optical illusion! The Magic Chair is now open for February Half Term when the Park will be open from 17th– 26th February 2017.
One of the Park’s owners, Andrea Bristow said “Well you WILL be surprised with what you will find this half term at Gelli Gyffwrdd!! Is it a Magic Chair, Sorcerer’s Seat or a Giant’s chair? – see for yourselves. .. and all that in the year of legends…”
At the end of every season our famous Green Dragon Rollercoaster is taken off the tracks for winter maintenance. Barry the coaster engineer has just worked out some interesting facts….
From the 14th March this year the roller-coaster has done 9766 journeys! At an average of 17 people per journey that means that the Green Dragon has given 166,000 rides this year! The distance it has travelled is 2392 Km or 1486 Miles!
Wow! The GreenDragon has definitely deserved its winter break this year and will be roaring back into action next March.