Monday, 23 May 2016

SolarSplash Opens at Greenwood Forest Park

Greenwood Forest Park has always been a wonderful day out for our family but it’s gone and got even more exciting with the opening of their fantastic SolarSplash attraction, so called because it is powered by the sun.  I must admit I am impressed that Greenwood Forest Park always develop their park thinking about sustainability.


In this ride you speed down chutes or the tube in a little inflatable boat, it’s quite thrilling and well worth climbing the 60+ steps for another go!  Children over three are welcome to ride with an adult and over eight’s can tackle the ride of their own.  The descent is quite fast, apparently reaching speeds of 25 miles an hour!  Youngest wanted me to close my eyes on the way down, but then I felt I was going even faster again…


The staff operating the ride were very pleasant, helping children at the bottom who were struggling to load the boats back onto the device that returns the boats to the top of the ride.
Fortunately you don’t have to carry your dingy up the stairs like you do with the trays for the Great Green Run.


The ride itself is a lot of fun and as a parent who wants to tire out her children it helps your children burn off lots of energy climbing back up the stairs to rejoin the queue for another turn.  We were lucky with queues we never waited long to hurtle back down the slides, the boys at the top were very efficient, managing which side people wanted.  You can either queue for the orange slides or the yellow covered one.  My boys were a little reluctant of the yellow one at first, but once we had made our maiden journey down it all was well and they wanted another go straight away. 

We never really got wet either which was a relief; the dingy seems to keep you quite dry!  It was a warm day on our visit but Wales being Wales you can never rely on the weather, so it’s good they factored that in to the design of the ride, because whatever the weather children will want to try out the thrilling new ride. 

Well done Greenwood Forest Park SolarSplash gets a big thumbs up from all of us!

13 comments:

  1. Oh this looks like so much fun. My boys would LOVE this and would be going, again, again, again!

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  2. Now my kids would adore this, they would happily go round and round. I must say one go would finish me off at 25mph!

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  3. We went on a similar ride at Woodlands and it was great fun! A lot faster than I imagined too ha x

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  4. Wow that looks like amazing fun, I really need to have a go x

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  5. My kids adoooore water parks and for me knowing this was built sustainably would make it even better. What a great place.

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  6. There is one of these at Paultons Park and the kids love it - its great that this one is enviromentally friendly too

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  7. This looks like so much fun - my two would just stay on it until they were kicked off I think x

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  8. This looks amazing - although I suspect my boys might never want to leave!!

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  9. oh wow, my girls would absolutely LOVE to visit there. I'll add it to the list of things to do in summer!

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  10. ah that looks like so much fun! We recently went on some water slides on holiday so I'd love to try these x

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  11. Looks amazing, is this a free ride or do you have to pay to go on it?

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  12. That looks amazing fun, mine would both love it

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  13. That looks amazing fun, mine would both love it

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