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NOT just for the kids
Shires Family Adventure Park (Cornwall)
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Shires Family Adventure Park (Cornwall)
Date: 19/06/04, updated on 04/02/05 (854 review reads)
Advantages: fun for all
Disadvantages: lack of staff, on the expensive side
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).
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. <
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.
0870 116 3333
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.
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