A Brilliant Day Out At Oakwood Theme Park

My eldest loves theme parks and funfairs, anything with a fast scary ride and she’s there! Luckily hubby likes all that kind of stuff too so he’s always raring to take her! Last weekend we treated them both by heading off to Oakwood Theme Park in Pembrokeshire for a fun day out!

We last visited Oakwood a couple of years ago and it was a little run down but I’m pleased to report that they have done lots of work to the place and it’s now nice and bright with lots of flowers everywhere and even new rides! They have a Roald Dahl area and a new ride Flight of The Giant Peach which is now open I believe (sadly it wasn’t when we visited which is a shame as I’d have love to have told you about it).

We got there quite late (about 1 o’clock) and it was quite quiet which was lovely as we didn’t have to queue long for any rides. It’s worth noting that they stagger the opening times of the water rides so take a look at the noticeboards when you go in so you don’t miss out. Bean absolutely loved everything she went on and as she is now 140cm she is tall enough to go on it all.

There was also lots to do for Little Miss J (6) and Little Boy (3). Little boy rode the Bob Sleigh and lots of the smaller rides and Little Miss J really enjoyed the boat ride – as did I because it was the one ride we could all go on together which was nice.

Little Miss J also loved the small rides in the smaller play area. This area is a little more run down and the rides are quiet so there is one attendant for them all but he was very happy to open them all up for us to have a go on and Little Miss J relished being able to go on all the rides she wanted.


The Neverland area was lovely and the children enjoyed playing on the slides there and having a go on the rides. The walk through part is really special too. Definitely not a part to miss if you are there for the day.

There is also an indoor arcade area with your usual arcade games and a brilliant soft play area too so there was plenty to do in all weather.

We didn’t eat in the park as we took a picnic but we did buy some ice cream and drinks which were priced as you would expect for a theme park, a little on the expensive side, but not ridiculously so. To keep costs down I’d definitely take your own food as there were plenty of places to sit and eat a picnic.

Overall we had a lovely day there and would definitely visit again. It has improved a lot since we visited last, and although there are small areas that still need improvement we had a wonderful day out, I couldn’t really say a bad word about the place. We’d certainly visit again!

Take a look at Oakwood’s website as they have special offers on and special events too like After Dark and Spooktacular events which look like lots of fun!

We made a little vlog of our day at Oakwood which you might like to watch to get a real feel for the place…

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Disclosure – were were given a family pass to Oakwood and paid travel expenses for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own. 



  1. Louisa
    August 8, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    Pleasurewood hills in Suffolk we went every year x

  2. kayleigh white
    August 9, 2017 / 12:05 am

    My memory was Oakwood this year – with us living on the doorstep, we visit often. Me and my niece were on Bounce, when it stalled half way up and I almost had a heart-attack! I let out a weird shriek, because we knew this wasn’t suppose to happen and my niece started laughing hysterically!
    —> signed up to your email and Oakwood under this name and address.

  3. Angela treadway
    August 9, 2017 / 12:58 am

    Going on the oblivion with my dad at Alton towers. Didn’t really want to get on it but braved it anyway!! X

  4. Susan Lloyd
    August 9, 2017 / 2:33 am

    Taking all my girls on the runaway mine train at Alton towers x

  5. Michaela Hannah
    August 9, 2017 / 6:07 am

    Taking my mam on the ultimate rollercoaster at Lightwater Valley and scarring her for life!

  6. Beverley Cousins
    August 9, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Definitely the runaway train at Alton Towers, the grandchildren absolutely loved it

  7. August 9, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Best Wooden Roller Coaster is at Oakwood. Great fun in the rain.

  8. August 9, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Taking my children to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor at Christmas time, it was magical

  9. August 9, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    meeting donald duck at disneyland paris….last year!

  10. Mark Hopkins
    August 9, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    I proposed to my wife in the gardens of Alton Towers.

  11. August 10, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    My husband and I went to a theme park in a our honeymoon, so theme parks are special for us. 🙂

    • Bryan Murphy
      August 10, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Meeting Mickey Mouse at Disneyland

  12. Catherine Stewart
    August 10, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Disneyworld Florida- the most magical place in the world!

  13. Adrienne McGroder
    August 11, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    We adore theme parks but had a brilliant time this year at Alton Towers. Oblivion is absolutely terrifying! My 2 boys really enjoyed Thirteen. Lovely few days!

  14. Kristyn Harris
    August 13, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    My favourite theme park memory is taking my children when they were small to Oakwood Park for the first time aged 4 and 8. We had a lovely time and their favourite ride was the pirate ship.

  15. August 13, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    when i went with a load of my friends when i was younger. Had a awesome day!

  16. August 14, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    The castle rise in legaland. I didn’t realise it was a roller coaster (not a huge one but still…)
    Took my small one on it and all going fine then it went outside and I realised. I screamed the little one laughed and laughed. She now loves all roller coasters and getting taller close to her ride heights arrrggghhgh

  17. Stacey Leigh
    August 15, 2017 / 11:39 am

    When I was pregnant with my eldest Leo I went to Twin Lakes with My Mum , step-Dad and Younger brother we had such a fantastic time and even though I couldn’t go on much it was great seeing my little Brother So happy xx

  18. Anne Brookes
    August 15, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    we always went camping at Drayton Mannor every year i loved it there

  19. August 17, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Best theme park memory was taking my boy to Legoland last summer, He absolutely loved the spinning spider ride, and we were all in fits of laughter coming off it.

  20. carol Boffey
    August 18, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    going on the pirate ship at drayton manor

  21. August 19, 2017 / 11:34 am

    going to disneyland and going on the rollercoasters

  22. Allan Fullarton
    August 19, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    Meeting Mickey at Disneyland.

  23. Amy Pest
    August 19, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    disneyland meeting the princesses

  24. Petra Hora
    August 19, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    Chessington World of Adventures

  25. Lisa Pond
    August 20, 2017 / 5:51 am

    Hearing my mom swear for the first time on the log flume at Alton towers

  26. Cerys John
    August 20, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    It actually was at Oakwood- I used to visit so often as a child! 🙂

  27. Jade Rogers
    August 20, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    My girls met Iggle Piggle in Cbeebies land and their reaction was just perfect.

  28. nicky pearce
    August 20, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    water shoot ride at drayton manor, i got soaked and had to go in the body dryer thing.

  29. Adrian Bold
    August 20, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    Space Mountain in Euro Disney. You get thrown about so much that I thought I was going to break some limbs or ribs.

  30. Tracy Harter
    August 20, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    looking forward to making many new memories now my girls are at the age to go to theme parks

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