Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park is an award-winning family attraction located near Exeter. The Park has over 60 rides and attractions set in over 100 acres of Devon countryside, including Animal Land which houses around 100 animals including Meerkats, Alpaca’s, ponies and sheep.
The park is mainly aimed at young children although it does have a couple of bigger rides for older guests including Twister, Tidal Wave and Vortex.
I have to admit that I found the park rather tired and dated, although it was spotlessly clean. The majority of the rides were like those you would find at a fairground with the carousel, swings and the Safari Train but the kids adored the Dinosaur Safari.
We were lucky enough to have some good weather and the kids couldn’t wait to try the Splash Park and Isaac got us soaked as he rode the Aqua Blasters – we did get him back using water pistols from the side of the fence though.
The park itself doesn’t have much shade, however if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, the Wilderness was the kids favourite part of the park with challenging climbing frames and bridges to negotiate over the stream whilst spotting wildlife.
If the weather was bad there is a huge soft play area for the kids to explore and some indoor rides for little ones in Atlantis, including a tiny rollercoaster, teacups and submarine ride.
Crealy also provides entertainment sporadically through the day and whilst not polished like you would see at Legoland, it was good fun to watch, with some rather amusing mistakes and ad-libs from the Crealy Show Team.
As we were staying on site we also had access to the park in the evening, where they opened the soft play and restaurant so we could eat there, rather than cooking in our tent. The kids loved the entertainment and happily danced their socks of at the disco and joined in with some fun games, with both Eliza and Isaac winning their respective games.
Ticket prices vary depending on the time of year you visit and cost from £5.95 out of season up to £19.95 at the height of the season. Children under 92cm are free and you make a good saving by booking online, PLUS, all online tickets entitle you to return for FREE for the next 6 days which is a real bonus if you are staying locally.
Whilst the park did not ‘wow’ me, the kids had a great time and it is very reasonably priced compared to the bigger theme parks and is well worth a visit if you are in the area.