Based in Pembrokeshire South Wales, Oakwood Theme Park is home to Megafobia one of the top-rated wooden roller coasters in the world. The park features a wide range of attractions suitable for all the family.
Thrill Rides at Oakwood Theme Park
The high-adrenaline rides at Oakwood Theme Park offer great thrills for those brave enough to ride them. Travelling along 2000 feet of track and reaching a speed of 59 miles per hour is Speed. Riders will have a great time as the ride twists, turns and loops its way around the track. When Speed opened in 2006, it was the first Euro-Fighter roller coaster in the UK.
Megafobia was built over 20 years ago, but it is still one of the top-rated wooden roller coasters in the world. Reaching speeds of 55mph, the ride is a fast-turning, heart-tumbling, wild wooden roller coaster. Megafobia is a real bone shaker and a highly recommended world-class woodie.
Drenched takes riders more than 100 feet up in the air, offering fantastic views across the theme park before plunging back down, leaving you ‘drenched’. The popular water ride reaches speeds of up to 56 mph, and generates the biggest tidal wave in the UK reaching up to more than 45 feet, this ride is truly exhilarating!
The tidal wave is so big, you might also drench your unsuspecting family and friends waiting on the bridge at the bottom of the drop.
Medium Thrill Rides
In addition to the major thrill rides, Oakwood Theme Park also offers a number of rides to cater for those not yet brave enough for big thrills. These include Bounce which blasts riders 160ft into the air at almost 50 miles per hour and bobsleigh, one of Oakwoods original attractions. Either ride alone or with a friend on the downhill bobsleigh run.
Family Friendly Attractions
Oakwood Theme Park features a wide selection of family-friendly rides and attractions.
Enjoy some great views of Megafobia as you ride the pedaloes with up to four friends.
Circus land is an area dedicated to children under the age of 8. Attractions include Clown Coaster, Kids Train, and Kids Carousel.
Take the plunge on this indoor giant near vertical slide.
Take your seat on the ghost train, put your ghoulish 3D glasses on and keep your eyes wide open. You’re about to encounter some grabbing, grasping, frightening sights as you travel through the haunted house.
Additional Family Attractions include Mini-Golf and a Pirate Ship.
Neverland Themes Area
Oakwood Theme Park’s £4 million Peter Pan themed Neverland section of the park features 10 rides and attractions. It is themed around the world-famous story by author J M Barrie, who gifted Great Ormond Street Hospital all rights to Peter Pan back in 1929. There are a good selection of rides and attractions in this section of the theme park.
Themed around Croydon Aerodrome, London’s biggest airport at the time of the Peter Pan story. Guests are able to choose to fly in a plane decorated in the livery of either Great Britain, France, Spain, Wales, England, Scotland or Ireland.
Journey to Neverland
Enter 14 Kensington Gardens for an interactive walkthrough where you will follow Peter Pan’s shadow around the Darlings bedroom as Tink flies around exploring.
The Jolly Roger is a small pirate ship ideal for younger riders.
Enjoy a few laps around the track on this unique family roller coaster. The Crocodile Coaster is perfect for both young thrill-seekers and first-time coaster riders.
Hold tight as you pass through the eye of Skull Rock and face the 40-foot freefall drop into Hook’s secret fortress.
Tink’s Flying school
Two-seater planes are suspended from arms attached to a central post. When the ride is motion, the arms rotate and the planes move outwards. This is a fun interactive ride where riders can control the direction of the plane by moving a rudder left and right. Tink’s Flying school is the only ride of this type found outside of America.
Additional Neverland Attractions
Additional attractions in the Neverland section of the park include Hook’s House of Havoc, Neverland Chase, London Taxi Ride and Lost Boys Adventure.
Blue Lagoon Water Park
Located adjacent to Oakwood Theme Park is Bluestone Park Resort, home of Blue Lagoon Water Park.
Travelling to Oakwood Theme Park
Oakwood Theme Park is located in the heart of South Wales. There are a number of ways you can get to the attraction and there is also lots of accommodation available nearby including the excellent Bluestone Park Resort. If you are travelling by car then use the postcode SA67 8DE. The Theme Park is clearly signposted from the end of the M4 and throughout Pembrokeshire.
Travelling by Train
The nearest train station is Narberth, which is only a 15-minute taxi ride from Oakwood Theme Park.
Staying in Pembrokeshire
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Oakwood Theme Park History
Following the introduction of milk quotas in 1987, the McNamara family (Pembrokeshire farmland owners) diversified into the leisure industry forming Oakwood Leisure Ltd. The Theme Park started out as a very small family park with a wooden fort, BMX's, a 3D cinema experience, go-karts and a water chute ride.
Thrilling Theme Park
In 1994 the Snake River Falls water coaster was opened and the theme park saw an increase in visitor numbers, this encouraged the park's management to pursue the development of the park into a more 'thrilling' theme park. At a cost of £1.7 million, the Megafobia Wooden Rollercoaster opened On 30th April 1996. It was thanks to this investment that Oakwood Theme Park had a record 500,000 visitors in one season for the first-ever time. Also in 1996, the theme park started an annual After Dark event with late-night opening, fireworks, entertainment and discounted evening entry.
In March 2008 Aspro Ocio S.A acquired the park and have brought in a number of changes, for example, they restructured staff levels in order to coincide with market conditions.
Top 10 Rides at Oakwood Theme Park
There are a number of high adrenaline rides at Oakwood Theme Park, offering great thrills for those brave enough to ride them. Reaching a speed of 59 miles per hour Speed travels along 2000 feet of track providing riders with fast and furious fun. Riders climb, roll, plunge, twist, turn and loop. Speed was the first Euro-Fighter roller coaster in the UK and when it first opened in 2006, with a 97-degree drop it was the steepest roller coaster in the United Kingdom. The record was taken from it in 2009 when Saw: The Ride opened at Thorpe Park and Mumbo Jumbo at Flamingo Land Resort.
Celebrating its 20th birthday in 2016 Megafobia is a fast turning, heart tumbling, wild wooden roller coaster. Megafobia has a track length of 2956 foot and can reach speeds up to 55 miles per hour. The thrilling ride has regularly been ranked as one of the top 10 wooden roller coasters in the world. The roller coaster tears around the track in a manic way and is a real boneshaker. If you sit at the back, when you go over the bumps there are points where it feels like you're being picked up and slammed back down into your seat. This roller coaster is a highly recommended world-class bone-shaking woodie.
3 - Drenched
Climb aboard the 22 passenger boat and climb 100 feet up into the air. Prepare to get wet as your boat then drops at over 50 miles per hour into the pool below. For those who are not brave enough to ride you can also get just as wet by standing on the bridge where you will be hit by the 45-foot tidal wave created when the boat hits the pool. Drenched is the ideal ride for hot summer days. Beware you will get soaked on this ride..!!
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4 - Vertigo
Not included in your regular admission ticket is Vertigo an 85-foot tall skycoaster. Up to 3 people can ride at any one time, riders are attached to cables linked to a giant archway. Once securely attached riders are then hoisted high up into the air from an independent tower and when they reach the top, they are released to free fall through the air under the archway, similar to a giant swing.
5 - Bounce
Bounce blasts you up 160 foot into the air at almost 50 miles per hour, hold tight as you bounce your way back down to earth.
6 - Bobsleigh
The bobsleigh is one of Oakwoods original attractions, you can either ride alone or with a friend. Free running sledges gather speed on the downhill bobsleigh run and the corners get faster and faster. Don’t forget to slow down for the finish.
7 - Skull Rock
Dare you take the plunge into Hook’s secret fortress? Skull Rock is a log flume ride with a 40 foot freefall drop through the eye of Skull Rock.
8 - Treetops Coaster
Treetops Coaster is a family roller coaster that takes riders through a dense area of mature fir trees. The ride travels at a steady 22 miles per hour weaving a thrilling, twisting, turning path high through the trees.
9 - Waterfall
Race your friends on Waterfall, a 2 lane water slide. Riders sit in sledges, 1 rider per sledge and travel down one of the steep slides and ski along the pool of water at the bottom. Getting wet has never been so much fun!
10 - Snake River Falls
Snake River Falls is a water chute ride. Take a dinghy for one man or two and head for the fast flowing white water of Snake River Falls, it has 4 lanes, 2 with open slides and 2 enclosed slides, Cobra and Python. Have fun as you race down the rapids.