Zip World Fforest – Family Days Out

When Zip World got in touch with me about helping them promote their Locals Loyalty offer I jumped at the chance to visit. Supporting local businesses, attractions and shouting out about how much there is to do right here on our doorstep in North Wales is something I’m passionate about.

Zip World always been on our list of places to go when little one was older. I hadn’t actually realised that there was a fair bit he could already do there at nearly 5 years. He turned 5 the day after our visit which means that there is even more he can do now too! We visited their Fforest site which is close to Betws-y-Coed at the beginning of March.

Our first port of call was reception to check-in and collect our wristbands for the Fforest coaster. Little one has insisted on bringing his little cuddly bunny Lili with him, the receptionist very kindly gave Lili a spectator wristband – much to his amusement! The coaster is over half a mile long and is the UK’s only alpine coaster of it’s kind. It starts with a steady ascent up through the trees with twist and turns on the descent back down to the station. The rider controls the brakes so you can go as fast as you’re brave enough to go, there are signs placed at points where you need to break. It got a big thumbs up from us and was a big hit with our little thrill seeker and couldn’t wait for his next turn! You get 3 rides with each ticket / wristbands, although given half the chance I’m sure our little guy would have happily gone on more! I think he preferred riding with his dad in the driving seat, he went quite a bit faster than I did. He is still insisting on calling the coaster a red train – no train I’ve been on has been this fun though😂

Whilst we were there we decided to make the most of our visit and take advantage of the current Locals Loyalty offer (more details at the end) and bought some tickets for the tree tops nets and we certainly didn’t regret it! The best way I can describe it is like walking on a giant trampoline – great for releasing the inner child in any adult! In between running / bouncing over the nets we took some time out to lie down and look up at the clouds . It was a pretty odd sensation being that high up, it felt like being in a giant hammock suspended in the trees – a very comfortable one at that. We could have certainly taken a nap after all the energy we burnt off. There was something quite refreshing being amongst the trees.

We had a brilliant time, the best day out we’ve had in quite a while! If you live locally or are visiting the area I’d highly recommend a visit – a great day and things to do for various age groups and thrill seeking levels too especially when you take into account all 3 Zip World locations. We’ve already got our next visit to Fforest planned!

Locals Loyalty Discount – if you live in the LL postcode area (and selected Flintshire and Denbighshire CH postcodes) you can get 50% off adventures at Zip World. The offer is valid until the 3rd of April 2020 all you need to get the discount is claim your promo code on their website just like we did whilst we were there!

Greenwood Family Park – Family Days Out

We’ve visited Greenwood a few times over the past couple of years, our latest visit being during October half term. If you didn’t already know Greenwood or Gelli Gyffwrdd in Welsh, is a family park in Y Felinheli, North Wales. There is so much to do there and I’d thoroughly recommend a visit if you’re looking for a fun filled family day out here in North Wales. The first time I visited the park was on a school trip back in the 90’s so it’s lovely to be able to take my little one there too. We were gifted family tickets on our most recent visit.

As is almost always the case, I take so many photos on our days out, it seems a shame to have them left unseen on my memory cards. So here’s a little round up of some of the favourites and a bit about some of our ‘highlights’ from our most recent visit! I always enjoy a good nosey at some ‘real life’ pics when looking for places to visit, so here are some of ours for you to do the same!

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As our not-so little one had grown tall enough to be able to ride it, the first thing we did when we arrived was head straight for the green dragon roller coaster – the world’s only people powered coaster. As we went around the fastest corner he shouted with enthusiasm “this is fantastic!” We would have gone again had there not been so much other things we wanted to do at the park.

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After a quick sandwich stop we then headed for the enchanted river ride. This is another people powered activity as you use ropes and a paddle to move along the water. I think the smile on his face in this photo says it all!

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Solar Splash was also another first experience for our little guy and another firm favourite! So much so they went on in twice in a row and we had the pictures sent over to commemorate the occasion.

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The giant jumper was thoroughly enjoyed too; which 4 year old wouldn’t enjoy jumping around on a huge bouncing pillow!

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Harley’s magic show, this was our little guys first magic show experience! He was pretty astonished when he saw the swords come out and gasped.

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We headed over to the tree top towers  so that our little guy could burn off some of the bottomless bit of energy he seems to have.

On the day visited they had their first magical lantern parade event on so we stayed at the park ‘after hours’. Seeing the park after dark was magical. We made a lantern ready for the parade and enjoyed hot dogs. I was just a little bit excited as they had a vegan hot dog too😋 it’s not often I can eat (nearly) the same things as everyone else.

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We can’t wait to visit again once the park reopens for the 2020 season.

Disclosure: We were provided with a family ticket in exchange for posts and stories on Instagram. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

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