TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Amusement Parks in the UK 2016

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GreenWood Forest Park today announced that it has been recognised as a winner in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Amusement Parks in the UK, ranking eighth out of 10. TripAdvisor determined the winners using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for amusement parks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

The park, which boasts the world’s only people powered roller coaster along with the world’s only solar powered water ride, is also the only attraction in the whole of Wales to be included in the list.

“We are over the moon to say the least! To be voted 8th place throughout the UK is a fantastic achievement. Our aim is to provide great value family fun, coupled with excellent customer care. As we are continually working to improve our visitor experience, customer feedback is always appreciated,” commented Mark Rowlands, Visitor Services Manager at GreenWood Forest Park.

“This award is great testimony to the very hard work and great efforts of the GreenWood Team as a whole.” Mark continued.

With the school holidays just around the corner, the Park is looking forward to a programme full of summer events; daily shows in their Forest Theatre, Donkey Rides, unique crafts, face painting, and a few extra surprises.

For more information about the Park and its summer events visit:

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Man and large boulder

Propagating Dan is a North Wales born Garden Designer. His first Chelsea Flower Show garden shows his innovative approach, as the garden appears to defy gravity.
Rugged Icelandic landscapes, Italian architecture and a quiet peacefulness come together in unexpected horticultural harmony to provide the inspiration for The Garden of Potential, designed by Propagating Dan, the professional name of Daniel Bristow, a young(ish) London based garden designer who was born and brought up on Anglesey.
The five-tonne glacial boulder balances precariously on the roof of an oak pavilion, directly above a ceramic sculpture by contemporary artist Jesse Wine. An ‘elaborate gutter’ zigzags through the landscape, capturing rain in a gurgling rill. A path, inspired by a collapsed fence in Propagating Dan’s front garden in Peckham, South London, almost tips the visitor into the garden.
Rarely used- and often derided- plants predominate: the maligned majestic field horsetail, Equisetum arvense, will weave its way through a lush and unusual woodland planting scheme. The sometimes scorned golden leylandii, in all its neon beauty, makes a focal point. Other standout plants include rare umbrella plants (Schefflera sp.), and the ghost flower, Diphylleia grayi, the flowers of which turn transparent when moistened by rain.
This garden, while serene, lush and a space for contemplation, is, at the same stroke, teeming with ideas.
Propagating Dan said:
“The Garden of Potential has a multitude of influences; from the energy held within boulders that perch on Snowdonia’s mountainsides, to the idea of unity in Buddhist teaching, to Icelandic meadows. What this garden won’t have is a theme. I believe a design should be praised or critiqued on its own merits and I want this garden, as any I design, to provoke a response in the visitor without the necessity of a guidebook.”
Propagating Dan is working work closely with Anthony Tavernor of Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens of Menai Bridge, Anglesey, and plant specialists Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones of Crûg Farm Plants.
The boulders are being lent to the project by GreenWood Forest Park, an award-winning eco-adventure park in North Wales run by (Dan’s parents) Stephen and Andrea Bristow. They said: “”Both GreenWood Forest Park and the two of us are delighted to be able to sponsor the Propagating Dan team in their brilliant garden design. The inclusion of a huge Snowdonia boulder from our Eco Adventure Park in North Wales will ensure that the garden is remembered for its innovation and authenticity.”

The Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious Horticultural Show in the UK each year, and will run in 2016 from 24th to 28th May.

For further information please contact Daniel Bristow or Sarah Page: | +44 (0)7821 089 549

GreenWood Forest Park makes a Splash with UK’s First Solar Ride

Local councillor opening new water ride at Park



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.

Daily Post Journalist tests out new ride

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Daily Post reporter Ben Butler was one of the first to try out the new ride, here’s what he had to say:

“On your marks, get set, go… and I went hurtling down a spiralling tube flowing with water.

That thrilling experience came thanks to SolarSplash – a new solar-powered water ride at GreenWood Forest Park.

As I was taken to the ride by GreenWood Forest Park owner Stephen Bristow, my first challenge was to climb a 12-metre-high tower.

Sixty four steps later, I made it to the top of the tower where I had an incredible view of the whole of the park.

Firstly, I tried the hump-back chutes, where I was invited to hop into an inflatable boat big enough to carry two people.

After awaiting instruction from Brendan Brown, a member of GreenWood’s maintenance team, I was hurtled down the chute. It was all over in around five seconds and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Then I had a go on the spiralling tube, flowing with water, which again lasted a matter of seconds and saw me get a little splashed on the way down.

Once I finished the ride, I placed my inflatable boat back on a conveyor belt which transports the boats back up to the top of the tower.

The exhilarating ride is fully powered by solar energy – and the only thing I would say is, I wish it had lasted longer!”

Read the full article here.


Ken Skates takes a tour of GreenWood Forest Park

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The Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, has taken a tour of GreenWood Forest Park as part of Wales Tourism Week, becoming one of the first people to see first-hand ‘SolarSplash’, the Parks latest high octane adventure experience.

Known to be the first ride in the UK powered fully by solar power, the structure sits at some 12 metres high, with 64 steps, reaching spectacular views across the 27 acre site.

As part of the visit, Mr Skates took a full tour of the site, guided by GreenWood Forest Park owners Andrea and Steve Bristow, and was keen to learn more about the rides and their functionality, much of which rely upon sustainable resources and power to operate.

The Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates commented: “It was very exciting to have a sneak preview of this ride which I’m sure will be huge hit with  visitors to Greenwood over the Easter holidays, I’m delighted that we’ve  been able to invest in this new development.  Andrea and Steve are to be congratulated for their drive to invest and keep the attraction fresh for new and repeat visitors.  Attractions such as GreenWood as a key part of Wales’ Year of Adventure which provides fantastic opportunities for families to have adventures, explore and try something new for the first time.”

The Deputy Minister, originally from Wrexham, took a whistle stop tour of major tourist destinations throughout North Wales as part of Wales Tourism Week.

Stephen Bristow, Managing Director of GreenWood Forest Park commented: “We were really pleased to be able to welcome Mr Skates to help us celebrate Wales Tourism Week, which recognises the impact attractions such as ours have on the local economy.

“It was good to be able to take him on a journey around the Park, inviting him to become one of the first  to see the new SolarSplash ride, which we’re pleased to reveal will be open to the public very soon!”

Gwynedd Celebrates Wales Tourism Week at GreenWood

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Several candidates for the Welsh Assembly elections, along with members of Gwynedd Council and heads of leading tourist attractions and businesses from throughout Gwynedd have come together at GreenWood Forest Park to discuss the importance of tourism to the local economy as part of Wales Tourism Week.

Owners of GreenWood Forest Park, Stephen and Andrea Bristow were joined by Sion Jones, Labour candidate, Sian Gwenllian, Plaid Cymru candidate and Martin Peet, Welsh Conservative Party candidate, Head of Economy and Community at Gwynedd Council, Sioned Williams and her team as well as retiring Assembly Member Alun Fred Jones. Private sector delegates included John and Sally Hampton of Plas Gwyn Caravan Park, John Davis of Redline Carting in Caernarfon and John Lloyd of Inigo Jones amongst others.

The group took part in a morning of conversation at one of the UK’s only sustainable theme parks and were keen to learn more about the Park’s latest adventurous addition, ‘Solar Splash’ – the UK’s first fully solar powered ride.  Daring members of the delegation then took part in a longbow archery competition, taking their best aim at the two targets.

Stephen Bristow, Managing Director of GreenWood Forest Park commented: “Wales Tourism Week is a great opportunity to celebrate and promote the fantastic attractions that we have here in North Wales, and particularly Gwynedd.”

The group then enjoyed refreshments at the Green Oak Café where they were able to formally discuss tourism in the region and the role it plays in the local economy.

Stephen continued: “We’re really pleased to have organised this local hustings during Wales Tourism Week – it enabled the main political parties to explain how their parties would promote tourism if elected to power in May. It was really well attended and it was interesting to get views and perspectives from both the public and private sector who together have a shared goal in promoting and driving forward tourism throughout the area.”