Greenwood Forest Park, Y Felinheli, near Caernarfon in North Wales is one of our favourite attractions. We went there for a day in April, and have a really fab day out (read the review here). We were over the moon to be invited to their first family fun evening of the summer, which we went along to on Thursday with some friends. It’s not far off the A55 and is really well signposted to get there.
Each Thursday evening, between 6pm and 9pm throughout the summer holidays, the park opens up for an evening of outdoor fun, food and entertainment. The supervised rides and activities, such as the water slide, giant green runs and roller coaster are shut, but you really don’t miss them because there is SO much else going on.
We were greeted by the staff/entertainment team at the ticket booth and straight away they were playing with the kids, flossing and dabbing with them and genuinely making us feel really welcome. You could feel the energy radiating from them – like they really enjoyed being there, which is always a great sign.
After a play on the go karts, we headed to see the bubble artistry by Mr Ziggs. They loved watching him create massive bubbles, but of course, had more fun trying to pop them! They all had a go at doing it, but we pretty much had to drag Graham away from it – he was having so much fun!
There were lots of little stalls and kiosks selling a whole range of food and drink, from cocktails and beers to coffee, African food to cakes. We didn’t realise just how amazing the choice would be and had grabbed a Maccy’s on the way, but the smells coming from the African kiosk were OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! We couldn’t resist a brownie or three though….and they genuinely were the best brownies I’ve ever eaten.
The kids had a play on the big climbing nets, seeing who could get to the top whilst we enjoyed a coffee and listened to the live music. It was a lovely, warm sunny evening, and the park, which is gorgeous anyway, is stunning on an evening. The sun coming through the trees made everything so pretty, and because the park was quieter than it is during the day, it was lovely and peaceful.
Once they had burned off a bit of energy (yeah right, who are we kidding?), we headed across to the show in the theatre. Now, I’m the first person to say that normally, I find those sort of things highly irritating, but I laughed so much. They were hilarious!! Both Harrison and Alex got picked to go up and be involved, and they loved it.
When that had finished, we headed to the Treetop Towers and the Zip Wire for a play. At the same time was a circus skills workshop at the other end of the park, but the kids just wanted to run riot. From what I spotted as we walked past the workshop, it looked great fun! There were also some crafts and face painting.
We then had a wander through the dragon maze, which was something we missed on our last visit, before stopping off for a quick play on the moon buggies. Again, I think the teenager that was with us and Graham had more fun than the younger ones, bombing about and racing!
The evening was beginning to draw to an end at this point, so we went back over to the theatre for the mini disco. The entertainers had the kids (and adults!) up dancing to absolute classics such as The Music Man and Superman, before finishing with a conga. There was a really fun atmosphere, and even though you could see that all the kids were shattered, they had huge smiles on their faces.
We had a really lovely night, finished off by an amazing view of the full moon over the mountains on our drive home. We have already planned to go back towards the end of the summer for another evening there with friends. Tickets cost £5 per adult and £2.50 per child, and there’s more information on the Greenwood Forest Park website.
*We were invited to this event free of charge for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and words are our own and have not been influenced in any way.