Our first ever Oakwood Theme Park experience was a couple of years ago when the girls were young and over the years it has become an annual tradition to visit the park.
Outside of South Wales, many families might not have heard of Oakwood – Wales’ biggest theme park in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, but we think it’s a little hidden gem and it’s one of the girl’s favourite places to visit in South Wales – you can read a full review of our visit to the park last year here.
Whilst it’s no Disneyland or on the same scale as Alton Towers or as well themed or polished as the likes of Legoland Windsor or Chessington, it offers a good range of rides for all the family. More importantly every time that we have visited there have been very little queues, meaning that we can spend more time enjoying the rides rather than waiting for them even in the Summer holidays.
We were really excited when Oakwood Park in Pembrokeshire invited us to checkout their new rides for 2019 as part of their £400,000 investment in the park.
Once inside we headed over to the parks latest attraction for 2019 ‘Dizzy Disk’. This new ride has replaced the Circus land area of the park, which was looking very tired on previous visits – so this is a great addition.
Dizzy Disk was great fun and had us spinning in circles whilst simultaneously spinning back and forth and is a great new family friendly ride for the park. Without the lengthy queues that you would find at the bigger theme parks meant that the girls could have several rides one after another.
Next up was the Witches Brew tea cup ride, located in the recently revamped ‘Spooky Street’ area of the park, part of the multi-million pound investments in the park over recent years.
‘Bounce’ which was one of the most popular thrill rides when it closed in 2016 is also being revamped opening later this summer which we can’t wait to try out. It’s so pleasing to see that the park is finally starting to turn itself around with these new changes and investment.
These are in addition to the 27 rides and experiences already at the park including some of our family favourites Megafobia – rated as one of the best wooden rollercoasters in Europe, the alpine bobsleigh run and the family friendly coaster Treetops.
Another area that families will really enjoy is the Peter Pan themed Neverland area which is always a favourite stop of ours when in the park. The highlights of a visit to Neverland are always the Skull Rock flume ride and Tink’s flying school – which is a unique ride that we haven’t seen at any other theme park before.
As well as the rides, there are live shows and fantastic evening fireworks which run throughout August on Wednesday and Saturday where the park stays open until 10pm.
We rounded off the day at the Creepy Crawler kids coaster another recent addition to the park, before making the short walk back to the car park.
If you are visiting Pembrokeshire, a visit to Oakwood theme park should definitely be on your list. We had a great time and it’s fantastic to see new rides and attractions appearing each year that we visit.
Pricing and Location
If you have Tesco Clubcard vouchers these can be redeemed toward entry to the park which provides the best value otherwise it can be an expensive day out for a family of four.
If Tesco Clubcard rewards are not an option its best to purchase your tickets online where you can save 10% off the gate price, or if you plan on visiting the park several times in the season take a look at the season pass which costs not much more than the gate price for a day visit.
We also came across a poster advertising partner discounts for employees of BT, Admiral Insurance, Welsh Water, DVLA, Cardiff City FC, Swansea City AFC and Hywel Dda Health board, so it’s worth checking just how much discount you get using this promotion.