Jump Aboard for Free Child Entry

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Junior visitors travelling to GreenWood Forest Park are able to enjoy free entry simply by using the bus service or hopping on a bike!

As part of the GreenWood sustainable ethos, the Park is encouraging visitor’s to use the bus service or cycle in, reducing the carbon impact of travelling to and from GreenWood. The incentive was launched last year and has now been extended into 2016 and is expected to run until the end of the Easter holidays with bike journeys a recent addition to the sustainable travel incentive.

Steve Bristow, Managing Director of GreenWood Forest Park said: “We’re really keen to encourage people to use the bus service so much so that we are offering free child entry until Spring for bus users. We wanted to extend our commitment further and include visitors who make the safe journey by bike.

“Hopefully this will not only attract visitors but will encourage people to think about how they travel. As a fun park that is grounded firmly in environmental principles, this really makes sense for us.”

The free entry/bus/bike policy is available seven days a week – to view the timetable, please visit the news pages of the GreenWood website www.greenwoodfamilypark.co.uk To claim free entry, visitors must present a valid bus ticket to the Admissions Team upon arrival at the Park or show the bike travelled on.  Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

 

Update: SolarSplash Developments!

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Take a look at this development picture of our brand new water ride; SolarSplash!

Building work is well underway at the site, with the ride expected to be complete and open to the public in Spring this year. Fully powered by the Park’s 150kW Photovoltaic Array, thrill seekers will climb a 12 metre high tower before hopping into inflatable boats and hurtling down a choice of hump back chutes or a spiralling tube, flowing with water.

‘SolarSplash’ was one of the first suggestions received from Phil Williams, a member of GreenWood’s on-site maintenance team. He said: “The thinking behind my idea was pretty straight forward using the two most striking features of the ride. It really will deliver what the name says – a massive splash powered completely using solar energy!”

SolarSplash is due to open in spring 2016.

Rehoming for Feathered Friends

An ‘ostentation’ of peacocks chicks, bred in the wild at GreenWood Forest Park, are ready to fly the nest are looking for their new forever home.

The five chicks, now six months old, are currently still with their parents and two other adults peacocks who have settled into the Park’s woodland, an ideal home for the species.

Gavin Shaw, Animal Welfare Officer at GreenWood Forest Park said: “GreenWood has a long history with peacocks that have resided in the park and mated each year. Whilst we’re happy to have the peacocks here, we want to ensure that we maintain a healthy stock, therefore we are looking for good homes for the chicks”.

He added: “An ideal home would be someone with a small farm, small holding or large garden to give them the space they need. Besides being an incredibly beautiful bird, they are surprisingly friendly and take very little maintenance. If possible, we recommend keeping them in a secure enclosure for the first couple of weeks whilst they get used to their new environment but after that they should be fine to roam free and will roost independently in the trees.”

There are currently three males and two female chicks available. For further information, please contact Gavin Shaw at Greenwood on 01248 671493.

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Gold Award for GreenWood Forest Park!

GreenWood Forest Park in Y Felinheli has been awarded a Gold Accolade by Visit Wales, the Welsh Governments Tourism Department; an award given to attractions that go the extra mile to create a really enjoyable and memorable experience for their visitors.

The park, which boasts the world’s first people powered roller coaster, is one of only 19 attractions to receive this award in Wales.

To achieve gold accreditation attractions need to score at least 85% in all categories of assessment. The introduction of this award will encourage welsh visitor attractions to aim for higher standards.

The Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates had this to say about the award “Wales has such a wealth and range of attractions and things to do, our visitors are spoilt for choice.  This new scheme will both reward those attractions which go the extra mile and also give visitors more information on what makes some of our attractions extra special and will also highlight some less well known gems.  I’d like to congratulate all the 2016 winners and we hope that these accolades will drive further improvements in visitor experience throughout Wales”.

GreenWood Forest Park’s Managing Director Stephen Bristow had this to say about the award “we are absolutely delighted to receive this award. It reflects on all of the hard work by our fantastic staff who deliver a great visitor experience year after year”.

Voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales, GreenWood Forest Park boasts amazing family adventure play including Wales’ longest sledge runs.  Set in 27 magical acres; discover bags of woodland adventure and ever changing events.

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Our lovely Marketing Officer Emma McIntyre is off on maternity leave!

Emma will be relieved of her duties by one of our existing members of staff; Jamie Owens, who has in fact been part of the team here at GreenWood since 2012 – spending the last three years working as one of our Ranger Supervisor’s out on the park.

Jamie, of Y Felinheli, recently graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a First Class Degree in Business and Public Relations and will jump straight into his role as GreenWood’s Marketing Assistant with immediate effect!

Our Managing Director Andrea Bristow said “Emma has been doing a fantastic job in the marketing department here at GreenWood; organised and always cheerful – I shall miss her, but feel very lucky that Jamie can step seamlessly into the role as our Marketing Assistant. Jamie has already shown how committed he is to GreenWood, and I am looking forward to working with Jamie in his new role.”

Jamie and the rest of the team here at GreenWood would like to wish Emma and Rory all the best, and look forward to meeting baby McIntyre on her first visit to the Park!

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GreenWood Forest Park is 1st Fully Solar Powered Adventure Park in UK

Wales’ leading family adventure Park, GreenWood Forest Park is currently completely solar energy efficient.

The Park, situated in Y Felinheli, Gwynedd is well known for being eco-friendly; the majority of its rides and activities require their visitors’ energy to make them work – including their world famous people powered roller-coaster the Green Dragon.

The Park is now home to a 150kw photo voltaic array, which on most days is generating all of the Park’s power needs. On some days they are generating double the amount of electricity they actually need and the surplus is going back into the grid to be used by others.

GreenWood’s Managing Director Stephen Bristow had this to say about the new project “We are delighted that the Park is now able to generate its own power and has a surplus to export to the grid.  This gives us a very small carbon footprint and leads the way in the leisure industry where theme parks in particular are well known for their huge consumption of energy.  Hopefully other parks will now follow our lead in power generation.”

The solar panels were installed in July and have now been in operation for several weeks, they were officially opened on Friday 18th September.

Visitors to the Park will have the opportunity to look at the solar panels and will be able to see how much energy is being created daily on the display unit.

The Panels were officially opened by one of GreenWood’s closest neighbours Huw Jones, Huw said “As you know it’s very important to have good neighbours and Steven and Andrea have been thoughtful since day one. I am very pleased to cut the ribbon on this new project.”

The Solar Panel array is part of a joint project which will see GreenWood open a new water ride in spring 2016. The new ride will be the first water ride in the UK to be completely solar powered.

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Council reinstate Bus Service

Public transport users will find travelling to GreenWood Forest Park a little bit easier from 24thAugust as Gwynfor Coaches takes over its special service to the award winning Adventure Park in Y Felinheli.

After the bus route was re-tendered last year, the direct bus to GreenWood was cancelled. Visitors were still able to use public transport to get to GreenWood, however this included a walk from the nearest bus stop in Y Felinheli or the Bethel Gors Bach Bus stop.

Local Bethel Councillor Siôn Jones had this to say about the news ‘I am very glad that the bus providers and Gwynedd Council see the need for more frequent bus times to GreenWood, it only shows the success of this fantastic park. I am also glad to see that public transport is being used to visit attractions across our beautiful area.’

The reinstated bus will now be stopping outside GreenWood four to five times a day Monday to Saturday including the school holidays. As an extra incentive anyone travelling by bus will get a free drink when they show their bus ticket at the entrance.

Download the new bus timetable here.

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Bethel Councillor Sion Jones and GreenWood MD Stephen Bristow.

GreenWood Forest Park named fourth best rated amusement Park in the UK

WELSH ECO-FRIENDLY AMUSEMENT PARK NAMED ONE OF UK’S TOP TEN BEST RATED IN TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE ATTRACTIONS AWARDS FOR 2015.

GreenWood Forest Park in Y Felinheli has been named among the top ten best rated amusement parks in the UK in the Travellers’ Choice TM awards for Amusement Parks for the second year running, announced by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

The park, which boasts the world’s only people powered roller coaster, was also named the 20thbest amusement park throughout Europe.

“We are over the moon to say the least! To be voted 4th place throughout the UK and 20th best in Europe 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, circus workshops and a few extra surprises.

GreenWood Forest Park announce major new ride for 2016

North Wales’s leading Adventure Park, GreenWood Forest Park, has announced ahead of their 22nd Birthday this weekend that they will be adding an exciting new development due to be ready by May 2016.

Since opening 22 years ago the Park has always been passionate about its environmental impact and the new signature ride will incorporate these considerations.

Funding support by a grant from Visit Wales will help towards the building of the ride, which will consist of a huge water slide with 2 wave chutes approximately 60 metres long and 1 spiral tube chute 91 metres long. The ride will start at the top of a 12 metre high tower and finish 80m away at ground level.

The news comes soon after the Park has already announced that it will be installing a 150kW photo voltaic array. The new array will not only provide carbon free power for the new ride but will also meet around 80% of  the needs of the Park for the whole year.

The Park’s managing director Stephen Bristow said ““We are very pleased that Visit Wales is supporting the development of the next exciting new ride at the Park.  The new ride, which has yet to be named, will be opening in Spring 2016.  GreenWood is the leading Family Adventure Park in North Wales, and received a record 146,000 visitors last year.  The new ride will be a great addition to the wide range of fun activities already in the Park. We look forward to welcoming many regular and new visitors over the coming months.”

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, added: “I’d like to congratulate GreenWood on 22 years in the business and their success is no doubt down to their drive to invest and keep the attraction fresh for new and repeat visitors.  I’m delighted that we’ve been able to invest in this future development.  I recently announced that 2016 will be Wales’ Year of Adventure, and an attraction such as GreenWood provides fantastic opportunities for families to have adventures and to explore and try something new for the first time.”

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