Crealy Adventure Park is one of Devon’s major family attractions a few miles east of Exeter with a range of rides and activities set across 100 acres with easy access and ample parking. Some of Devon’s largest rides can be found here with a log flume, runaway train roller coaster and water tubes, as well as a newly opened zoo area, indoor play area and wood land walk.
Devon’s Crealy (there is a sister site in Cornwall between Newquay and Wadebridge) is a few miles east of Exeter and the end of the M5 in East Devon. Travelling by car, reaching Crealy is quite easy wit major routes the A38 (from South Devon and Plymouth), the M5 (from Somerset to the north), and the A30 (from north Dartmoor) all converge near Crealy, which is a few miles away. Timewise, it is around an hour’s drive from The English Riviera and slightly longer from Dartmouth.
Attractions at Crealy
Some of the headline rides at Crealy include the runaway train rollercoaster, log flume, pirate ship and carousel. So it is not a theme park on the scale of Alton Towers or Thorpe Park with high adrenaline rides. Instead there are numerous rides and activities which will appeal to under 12’s.
Without trying to list them all here (there is more information on their website) some of the highlights include:
- The large indoor soft play area, where it really is possible to lose children, flanked by a bar and cafe, and on the other side the petting farm with animal demonstrations throughout the day.
- A second indoor soft play area which is aimed more at the under 5’s, again with cafe and seating for parents.
- The thrill rides including the rollercoaster, water flume, water tubes and pirate ship.
- In complete contrast to the thrill rides, the far end of the park becomes a peaceful area set around a Dragonfly Lake, which is home to Exeter & District Model Boat Club, and a path running around the border of the park.
Devon’s Crealy are also making great efforts to improve and develop the park through new attractions added every year. In 2011, for example, they have added a wide range of new attractions including Pirate’s Cove and Meercat Manor amongst 15 new attractions and revamped the catering options. See all the new addition in a dedicated page on their website.
One final tip – entry costs around £13- £15 per person (as of 2011), which is less than other family attractions, but can still be costly if you are a large group or family. However their return offer means you can visit the park again for free within days of the first visit. So the second, free visit is a chance to enjoy the rides and activities at a more relaxed leisurely pace as you will be familiar with the rides and layout.
Visit the Crealy Adventure Park website.