“ Address: Clovelly / Bideford EX39 5RY / Devon / England „
We weren't planning to visit The Milky Way on our recent break to Devon, despite my niece constantly going on about how brilliant it was! However, when my partner won 2 free tickets from our holiday camp we decided to go along and see what all the fuss was about. We visited yesterday which was a Sunday in April.
We arrived at around 10:20, the park opens at 10:30 but we were unsure how far it was and also wanted to beat the queues. There were only around 3 cars in the car park and once we were all ready we walked up to the entrance. The doors were shut so we stood and waited where we were joined by a few other families. The doors were opened just after 10:30 and we went straight through and were served immediately by a very kind, friendly and helpful lady. She was keen to talk to the children and was a pleasure to talk to. She was keen to help my brother in law with his money saving voucher and gave us all stamps on our hands and a map of the attraction. She also told us about the shows taking place that day.
The children were desperate to get on the rides first to beat the queues so we tried to find these first. We didn't have much luck without the map as if you follow the building down it just takes you to the cafe! However, after having a quick look at the map and following some signs we easily found the rollercoasters. There are two rollercoasters at the park, one for adults and older children and one for younger children. This was perfect for us as one girl in our party is only 6 and had never ridden a rollercoaster before, this allowed her to have a go on one, like everyone else but on one which was more suited to her size.
The larger rollercoaster is for people 1.2m and above. My niece is 9 and she is just big enough so this will give you an idea of who can go on and who cannot. The rollercoaster is called Cosmic Typhoon and is quite simple with a few drops but nothing too scary. The ride lasts about 2 minutes and you go down one large drop and then a few smaller ones. It is quite fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it. The carts seat 4 so it is perfect if you've got kids who are unsure about going on their own. We got on the ride straight away as there was no queue and this meant that the kids actually went on 3 or 4 times in a row before we finally persuaded them to move on! The rollercoaster boasts to be the longest, tallest and fastest rollercoaster in Devon but it is worth noting that it is very tame compared to others at larger theme parks!
The childrens rollercoaster is called the Big Apple and it is shaped like a caterpillar. The ride lasts around 3 or 4 minutes and has a few slow and gentle drops. It does speed up a bit as you go round the track but all children over 3 or 4 should be fine on here. Riders must be at least 0.8m and if under 1.2m they must be accompanied by an adult. The children all enjoyed this ride and considering they range in age from 6 to 13 this was quite an achievement!
Next we went on the dodgems which are indoors. I thought this was great as it meant they could be enjoyed in any weather. The room has a real fairground feel to it and they play loud music and have disco lights so this was great fun. Over the course of the day we must have gone on the dodgems at least 10 times. There was never a queue which was good as it meant we spent more time enjoying ourselves. Minimum height to drive a car is 1.2m but younger children are allowed on as passengers. However, when a small child reaches the front the ride is shut off and only they and their family are allowed on to ensure they do not get bumped. This is an excellent idea in my opinion and means that everyone gets a go.
Next we went to Time Warp which is a very large indoor play area. I thought this would be boring for us adults as the kids always spend hours in this sort of thing! However, adults were allowed in too which meant we all had a whale of a time all mucking around together! There is lots of equipment in here including ball pools, a multi level assault course, drop slides and rope bridges. This was probably the busiest part of the park but there was plenty of room for everyone and it seemed as though at times the adults were having more fun than the kids! There was also a small section for toddlers and upstairs a cafe allowing parents to have a break. We spent a good hour in here the first time and then returned later and spent a further hour.
Next we went to The Clone Zone which is hard to describe really! You are taken through a place with a guide and it is all focussed upon a crashed alien ship. It is worth noting that this is quite scary and the staff make it their aim to scare you all! However, you can leave at any time. The zone is finished by a rollercoaster which is quite fast and in the dark and then you (thankfully) leave! The whole thing takes about 20 minutes and it is worth noting that none of our group (8 people aged between 6 and 34) particularly enjoyed it!
Then we went to the train which is an old style train. We the only ones on the train which was an advantage for the kids as it meant they could all get a window seat. The train ride is quite short and to be honest, we wouldn't go on it again. When on the train you go past the maze which has not grown yet so it seemed a bit pointless for us to give it a go.
We then had a go on the golf course, on the 18 hole putting course. All of us joined in with this and all equipment was supplied for free. I thought I would not enjoy this, having never picked up a club before but I absolutely loved it! We spent a good hour and a half here and we all really enjoyed ourselves.
We then had a look at the pottery section, where children can paint their own piece of pottery for a small charge. The man here appeared to be running his own business and wasn't an employee of The Milky Way but he was very kind, helpful and patient with the children. The kids loved this bit as it meant they could take something home that they had made themselves. We then went outside to the outdoor play area and had a go at the laser shooting. The children all really enjoyed both of these and enjoyed competing against one another.
There are also a number of live shows at the attraction throughout the day. These include We've got Talent featuring Merlin from the popular show. The show has magic tricks and comedy and although we did not get to see it ourselves we heard good things about it. There is also a good amount for toddlers to do including the indoor play area and Fantasy Farm which has indoor soft play and sandpits and drive on tractors.
We spent 9 hours at the attraction as although on first appearance there doesn't look as though there is too much to do, you can easily keep yourselves occupied all day. The children and ourselves all managed to get on everything we wanted to as many times as we wanted and never had to queue longer than around 5 minutes. The children all enjoyed themselves and have been talking about it all day today which suggests to me that it was a good day out!
There are plenty of toilets around the attraction and these were all spotlessly clean. There are also a couple of cafes, these were quite pricey so unless you are willing to spend a lot then I would suggest taking your own food. For example, a hot chocolate cost £1.70 (£1.90 with cream) which I thought was quite pricey.
The park is usually open from 10:30-6 apart from the winter months where the opening times are 11-5.
Prices depend upon the season and for the current season they are as follows:
Under 3's - Free
Adults and children over 3 - £11
Seniors - £8.50
Prices are raised slightly (by about £1 each) over summer but if booking online a small discount can be obtained. There are also plenty of money off vouchers floating about making small savings.
The price covers everything apart from archery where there is a small charge.
The park is located near Bideford, North Devon and contact details are as follows:
The Milky Way Adventure Park, Clovelly, Bideford, North Devon. EX39 5RY
Telephone: 01237 421255
As you can probably tell we really enjoyed our day here and recommend it for any families visiting North Devon.
I'm so excited this year because we are going to Devon on our holidays and I am really looking forward to revisiting the excellent Milky way adventure park.
We last visited a few years ago when our kids were really small. It was a horrible wet day and we wanted an all weather attraction. we didn't really know what to expect.
The Milky way is a really weird concept. It is unlike anywhere I have ever been before. It is set on the site of a huge disused factory and every door has a surprise behind it.
The first door we opened, for example, had a dark room with a dodgems ride in it, the next door a soft play area, the next a farm where you could feed sheep! No room was the same and I felt a bit like Alice in wonderland!
The kids loved the place, especially the soft play area, but this place has something for all ages. I believe they have just added a roller coaster, which wasn't there when we visited before, and there is also a space ride, which is a combination of a walk through and a fast ride for older kids. There is also a place where you can do archery and hit a few golf balls.
This is a place that has a new surprise around every corner and lots to entertain the family on a wet day. I'm looking forward to returning to see what new things have been added and sharing the experience with the kids now they are older.
One particular thing I want to revisit is the "death drop" slide, which my husband sat at the top of for ages, being too chicken to actually go down. This time I have dared him to do it.
I would reccommend the Milky way park to all families visiting Devon who want an experience they won't forget.
The Milky Way is a 10 minutes drive away from Bideford on the A39 near Clovelly. It is a great family day out and offers in and outdoor activities. The prices from there site are:
(Summer season at entrance)
Entrance (over 1.2m) £10.00
Entrance (under 1.2m) £9.00
Under 3's free
If you buy your tickets online then they will be a pound cheaper.
Then the prices in the winter are £7 per person and under 3's Free. It isn't open all over the winter so if you are planning a visit there make sure you check there open.
There is lot's to do here and will suit all ages and interests. Inside you have a chance to play archery and have lessons, play golf by hitting the balls into the many nets. See all the old farming equipment that they used to use including the tractors, there's an under 5's play area with small toy tractors for them to play on, ball pits and sand pit. You can also go to the pet's corner and visit the animals there are chipmunks, lambs, chicks and goats. You will see lots of baby animals there and at certain times of the day they do feeding time so you will be able to bottle feed the lambs and goats.
Inside there is also a big play zone which they call the Time Warp with soft play, slides, ball bits, climbing frames so this is sure to tire your child out. There are also dodgems and a couple rides for the children including the clone zone which is an alien ride. I have to admit it made me jump when I was going round it. Outside there is a big park, a maze, a little train ride around the area. I recently looked on the site and noticed they have a new big rollercoaster, which they didn't have last time we went there so I'm sure this will be great. Also outside they do a bird of prey display this is my dads favourite part as you get to learn about the birds and watch them flying around.
For when you get hungry there is a café but we normally take a picnic with us as it works out a lot cheaper. There is also a gift shop so you can buy soft toys and gifts to remind you of your great day. There are probably bits that I have forgotten to mention, as I haven't been for a while but overall is a great day out. It isn't one of those places that you walk around for an hour and have seen everything it actually takes the day. You and your child will have a brilliant day and will learn lots about the animals and will be able to take part in the many activities that they have there.
Attractions, rides and educational shows will keep not only the young entertained!