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Crealy Adventure Park, Devon

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During our May half term holiday this year, we spent two fun-filled days at Crealy adventure park with our 2 year old and 4 year old. We all had a great time, so I thought I would share our experience!

The park opens at 10am and on the first day we arrived early.  We looked at the displayed ride guide and checked our minis heights to see which rides they could go on. This kept our minis excited whilst we waited to buy our tickets. There was lots of “I want to go on that one…and that one…and that one!” My biggest mini also loved the picture of the mermaid and decided she definitely wanted to visit the Atlantis area.

We didn’t have to wait too long for our tickets, there were several ticket booths open, and once you had your ticket you could go straight through the turnstiles.

Inside the park, there is lots of space and it didn’t ever feel crowded, despite it being peak time. My biggest mini had her heart set on the water rides, so she and her Dad went to Vortex and Tidal Wave first. Vortex is a large water tube slide, with three slides to choose from – they chose the twisty slide which had you slide in total darkness, getting you very wet!  Tidal Wave was a log flume ride which they both enjoyed.

Whilst Big Mini and her Dad were off getting wet, I gladly (!) took our Little Mini to do the more sedate Honey Swing ride. Our Little Mini is swing mad at the moment, and she LOVED the Honey Swing, riding it seven times over the two days!

All the staff we saw were fantastic, they gave each child a personal experience, taking the time to welcome them to the rides, doing high fives, encouraging cheers and lots of laughter. I was so impressed with their enthusiasm. I noticed one child at the front of the Maximus rollercoaster being given a little hammer to dong the bell on the front carriage to signal that the ride was about to go – little touches made the day even more memorable.  My minis loved discovering a hand bell in the front carriage of the Safari Express, they rang it all the way around the track calling “all aboard!”. They had such fun!

Aside from the rides, there is so much more to see and do. The animal barn was great to be able to see a whole range of animals, from meerkats, monkeys, Caiman crocodiles and bugs to rabbits, goats, pigs, ponies.

Throughout the day there are lots of opportunities to get hands on and learn more about the different animals, my minis especially enjoyed feeding the goats and cuddling one of the fluffiest rabbits they had seen!

There is so much space to play at Crealy both indoors and outdoors. There are three indoor softplay areas, our favourite was Buddy Bears Kingdom. It was big, bright and had areas for children of all ages. There were tables and chairs in the middle which meant we always had a good view of what our minis were up to. We also explored the huge Adventure Zone which I think is better suited to older children. Our minis needed a lot of help and close supervision, there were large obstacles to climb up and over, and big slides including several vertical drop slides. The older children there were having a great time!

Outside there are two play forts with more slides, walkways and there are two basket swings for toddlers. Over the Safari Express ride there is a ‘Jungle Wars’ play area which has four turrets each with cannons to fire foam balls out of.  This was really popular and our minis had good fun in there.

There are lots of picnic tables around the park and plenty of grassy areas to lay a picnic. There are outlets selling sandwiches, pasties, sausage rolls, ice creams and doughnuts etc. On our second day we ate at Mamma Mia’s all you can eat and drink pizza and pasta buffet restaurant. The pizzas were good and there were other options for children, including fish fingers, sausages and chicken nuggets.

Our first day flew by and we hadn’t managed to fit everything in, so we decided to take advantage of Crealy’s 6 day free return offer. Two days later we were back to do all the things we didn’t get to do including the Dino Dig and Soak Zone; a large sandpit where you can dig for dinosaur bones and a splash park with water fountains.

I would really recommend Crealy as a fun family day out.  It was great value, especially if you can squeeze in a couple of visits within 6 days.  I know that we will all be talking about our adventures at Crealy for a long time!

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