Star rating: 4/5
What they say
The South West’s number one family attraction, and one of the best days out with the kids in Devon. With over 100 acres of beautiful countryside to explore, 60 rides and attractions to get the heart pumping and the kids squealing with delight, and a wide range of cute and cuddly animal residents, days out in Devon has never been so much fun!
What our reviewer said
Honestly, I was sceptical at first. My camping days were well and truly over, so a couple of nights 'glamping' in late October had never been high on my 'to do' list. But how very surprised we all were. 'Zanzibar' was our a luxury safari cabin in the African Adventure on Crealy Meadows. The 'tent' - with its solid walls, double glazing and most importantly, heating - has a fully equipped kitchen, all the necessary mod-cons, full-size beds and little verandah, perfect to sit on while we sipped our early morning tea. As expected when glamping, your accommodation doesn't have a toilet or bathroom, but then look hard enough and you may even spot the odd giraffe* or lion* on your way to the very well maintained shower block - not something you'd expect to find in leafy Devon!
With our stay came a pass to use Crealy Adventure Park. The first thing that struck me was how friendly all the staff were - from the photo seller to the pumpkin carvers - all were polite, smiley and enthusiastic. Secondly, how reasonably priced it was here. We spent two full days in the park over the Halloween weekend and still didn't get to do everything. Visitors from 2yrs- 82yrs were all in the party spirit dressed as skeletons, zombies and witches. The rides were perfect for all the family (maybe not the high octane adrenalin junkies, but certainly, for its target audience) and there is certainly plenty to do here. Whether they're panning for gold or climbing and sliding the Pirate's Revenge, braving the haunted Creaky House or going back in time to a bygone era on the Victorian Carousel or Flying Machine rides, my children, (7 & 8 yrs old) loved every minute of it and wore themselves out in the process. The Halloween weekend even included a Pumpkin Carving Contest, with a free pumpkin for every child to carve (or do at home) and stage shows with Scooby Doo and Patch the Pumpkin, keeping children captivated (and giving mum and dad a sit down for ten minutes). And as guests of Crealy Meadows, the evening entertainment continued with a magnificent firework display, along with a DJ and live music. See you next year Crealy, we'll definitely be back!
- For more information and to book, visit the CampStead website at www.campstead.com