Although listed on dooyoo as Shires Family Adventure Park, it is now know as Crealy Adventure Park. Crealy is 8 miles from Newquay in Cornwall, just off the A39. Unsure whether to go or not, we (a group of four 18 – 24 year olds) decided to go to Crealy. As I had decided earlier on the week to go to the Aquarium I had no choice in the matter. I had pointed out to the others that the pictures in the pamphlet showed young kids playing in ball pits and a couple of goats. Not really my idea of fun. So after losing my battle to go to the beach we headed for Crealy. After turning of the A39 it is a couple of miles of tiny roads only just wide enough for one car. When we found it I had to say my initial reaction was disappointment. The car park looked big enough for only about 75 cars (which can’t be good) and the front admission booth looked like it was constructed on a Sunday afternoon which a few bits of firewood. The place had a real ‘family’ feel to it (I don’t know if that is the case though). ~ Admission Now my only enjoyment for the day would be the satisfaction of the ‘I Told You So’ to the rest of the group. But that would have to wait until we had paid to get in. Instead of a separate price for Adults and Children the pricing is standard. £7.95 per Person. £5.20 for Seniors. Infants under 90cm (35”) are Free. I was a bit miffed about the pricing but we did have some discount vouchers (I think it was 50p off per person) and Crealy also offer a discount of 25p off per person if you are in a group of 4 or more. Car Parking is free. So we pay our £28.80 and in we go. ~ The Animals From walking through t
he gates the first thing you see is the obvious fact that the place used to be a farm. Stables in front of you and a few barns either side with new signs on them telling you this is the ‘Enchanted Realm’ or ‘Animal Realm’. We went into the stables and had a look at the horses; there were about 5 or 6 with various awards they had won and information plaques telling you about them. In another enclosure was a goat/rabbit/guinea pig area where you could feed and pet them. ~ The Indoor Play We went into one of the converted barns which had huge dragons painted onto wood on the outside now knowing exactly what to expect. What we did find was a huge play area consisting of Ball Pools, Slides, Netting and the rest. You know the thing, ‘Soft Play’ for the kids. But that’s not exactly right. It’s not just for the kids! Adults are allowed to play on everything! The course is based so everyone can play, even grown men like myself! There is another indoor area later on into the park which is similar apart from the fact it is in the dark and has a ‘scarier’ feel to it. There were mazes, death drop slides and more and we all had great fun playing on it all. It brought back memories of when we were younger and what we used to do. We all thought we had reached that age where we had to grow up and do ‘sensible’ things but not quite yet. After spending a good couple of hours generally messing about we moved further into the park… ~ The ‘Real’ Rides Crealy only has three ‘real’ rides although they will tell you they have four (the forth one is the second slide on the dingy shoot). The first ride we went on was the Log Flume. This has two drops, one small and one lar
ge. The larger drop does get you wet! We went at the end of May on a weekday and the place was quiet so they we more than prepared to let us go around as many times as we wished, and before we started freezing! We then went onto the second (and third) ride, which was the Dingy Shoot. They had two lanes, one was a straight diagonal slope down and the other was curved so you went up and down. Both were good fun. The other main ride is a Pirate Ship. Pretty standard stuff really although I was feeling so tired because of the heat and the Soft Play I could only manage one go. ~ The Outdoor Play This is in the centre of the park and called the ‘Adventure Realm’. Here they have very high snaking slides and chain swings and everything else you can imagine. I really don’t know the names of these rides but they have pretty much everything from the stuff you get in playgrounds to the things there are at other kids adventure play areas in Theme Parks. ~ Safari Train The train picks up from the main entrance I think about 3 or 4 times during the day. You can get on or off the train at any of the designated stops. Well, I say train but I’m sure you know I mean one of the road carriages pulled by a heavily disguised tractor! The journey takes you around the park and lakes and some parts that are not accessible by foot. The train is free. ~ Food and Drink We went to the Buffet Café which served burgers, hot-dogs, chips and the rest as well as cold meals such as salads and sandwiches. The prices were what you would expect for somewhere like there, about £5 for a meal consisting of burger, chips and drink. There was also an Ice Cream Stand and another food outlet in the Dragon Kingdom. <
br> ~ Staff As a group of grown-ups (allegedly) we were fine just doing our own thing. But knowing what it is like for parents when their kids get excited and run around everywhere and anywhere and get every single bump, knock and bruise I was slightly concerned about the lack of staff I did see. Also knowing what it is like to be a teenage boy I can remember my idea of danger and some of the things I would attempted if I knew I wasn’t being watched. Keep a close eye on your little angels! ~ Opening Times 10am to 5pm during the Summer ( April to October). I guess they close for the rest of the year. ~ Contact 0870 116 3333 www.crealy.co.uk ~ Overall I really really did enjoy myself, I had so much fun that I hadn’t in many years. I am nowhere near my fitness standard of youth and it really did take it out of me for the next couple of days. I saw that they also host birthday parties and the like and I can’t imagine going anywhere better to celebrate your birthday with a big group of friends. You would either love it as a ‘mess about’ day for yourself, or just see it as a place strictly for the little ones. Thank You For Reading ©tbsgt
Shires Family Adventure Park Sitting nicely between the UK surf paradise of Newquay and once renknowned Cornish pottery town of Wadebridge , you will find the sister park to Devons Crealy?s Adventure Park , namely Shires Family Adventure Park ( nine miles from Newquay , fifty miles from Plymouth ) . Billed as the best value day out in Cornwall , just how does it rate..... -0- Opening times and admission costs -0- Open from Good Friday through till the end of October , with opening hours of 10.00am till 5.00 pm . Last admission is 3.30pm . Adult prices are £7.50 per person , child and OAP are £6.50 . No discounts for family?s / groups. -0- Attractions -0- Aimed at the fun family experience , do not expect white knuckle rides here . In fact there are only three serious rides present , one of which is new for 2003 . What you do get though is : 1) Animals The main attraction here are the multi-award winning Shire horses , complete with this years already huge foals , all available to view and touch . There are also a few other various animals , eg. goats , donkeys , rabbits , guinea pigs etc. for the little ?uns in your party to admire , and a so called avery that basically has a few budgies , cockateels and finches avaible to view ( my disabled daughter had more fun watching the nesting swifts feeding their young within the nearby barns ) . 2) Adventure playgrounds and other hands on units. Two main covered facilities with the usual drop slides , ball pit , rough ?n? tumble mats and nets . Two multi-lane sack slides . Play fort Two multi-slide units. Giant sand pit. Ariel walkway. Agility trail ( mini assault course ) . Toddler village ( three minature houses with baby adventure playgrounds within ). 3) Serious rides . a) Viking warrior - pirate ship , a medium sized 180? giant swing . Queuing times upto 20 minutes for a
five minute ride . b) Raging river water coasters - choice of two boat shoots , one straight , the other rippled , and both approx 50m in length . Queue time approx 30 minutes at peak for a ride that lasts all of 30 seconds . c) Thunder falls - double drop log fume ride , built this year , and while functioning properly still awaits its livery / decor. Average wait one hour at peak for a two minute ride . 3) Other attractions - a) The enchanted forest - animated animals sing their way through a story . b) Hounted castle - walk through kids spooky. c) Farm museum d) Stables c/w water wheel e) Gift shops f) Three ponds , one large , two small , the larger one having a walking trail . g) Shires train - a free to use road train , that travels around the park . Just hop on/off at designated stopping points. h) Woodland walk and nature trail. 4) Facilities 1) Two cafes ( one under cover ) , other a range of beverages and limited food at a semi reasonable price , and one restaurant offering a better choiceof foods. 2) Two toilet blocks , one at either end of the park ( note however that only the top block had disabled facilities ) , and both withing 5 minutes of most attractions , both areas also offering baby changing facilities . 3) First aid post 4) Plenty of bench?s and picnic area?s , for you to use ( leave your picnic?s in the car until ready to use , as you can enter/ leave the park at will ) . 5) Dogs - for a change a park that welcomes your pooch to be on the park , although restrictions apply ( eg not in the cafe?s or childrens play area?s for obvious reasons ) . 5) Staff and cleanliness. Plenty of staff present and easily identifiable , and a huge plus point here - immaculate grounds. 6) Car parking facilities . Free of charge and two areas both very near to the entrance ( one basically a field ) . It would have been nice to h
ave designated disabled parking , but non existed . -0- overview -0- As I said , aimed at the family , and a young family at that . Not suitable to children over the age of twelve , as they will get bored , but younger kids will love it . As for value for money , in my experience it was rather two expensive for what was on offer , people in the Devon / Cornwall area would be better off visiting Woodlands Adventure Park ( previous reviewed ) , which for a similar price offers better value and more attractions . Would I go again - No , it just doesn?t offer enough variety or excitement . However that siad , the positioning of the park , means that once bored , you can take a trip to Newquay?s fabulous beach - so take your bathing costumes as a stand by, however after taking into account the entry fee of £28.00 then car park fees of 50p per hour , that soon becomes a costly day at the beach ! For those still interested the info line is 01841 541215.