Crealy Great Adventure Parks

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Crealy Great Adventure Park & Resort
Crealy Park Logo.png
Slogan The South West's No.1 Day Out!
Location Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
Opened 1989
Operating season Every day through summer season, reduced hours during winter.
Rides
Total 16
Website www.crealy.co.uk

Crealy Great Adventure Park & Resort is based at Clyst St. Mary on the outskirts of Exeter. Crealy was created in 1989, with the stated aim of recreating a country childhood. It is located just off of junction 30 of the M5 and is situated in 100 acres of rolling countryside. It offers an undercover play area (75,000sqft), rides, attractions, live shows, and animal barns.

About[edit]

Crealy Great Adventure Park & Resort was initially a vision of Angela Wright and first opened to visitors in 1989. Currently owned by the Down family, the site was bought from Kings College Cambridge in 1982 with the first visitors coming to the farm in 1988 to see the cows being milked using, what was considered at the time, a state-of-the-art dairy unit.

In 1989, the site was opened as Crealy the Great Farm Adventure as a working farm. The Treetops playground and on-site restaurant were also opened during this year.

1992 saw the name of the site change to Crealy Country and additional features were introduced, including quad bikes and the bumper boat lake.

In 1994, the family took the decision to sell the cows with a view to using the barns that they occupied for undercover attractions. Soon after, in 1995, the Adventure Zone was installed.

1997 welcomed the opening of the Magical Kingdom (now called Buddy Bear’s Kingdom), which was popular with a pre-teen market.

After the turn of the millennium, in the year 2000 the first rollercoaster was added to the site alongside the addition of the Littleland Attraction, which included the Prince’s Train and tractor yard area. The addition of rides from the year 2000 onwards saw a significant increase in footfall, which led to investment into other areas of the site including toilets and catering facilities.

At present, Crealy now has over 60 rides, attractions and live shows, included in these are thrill rides, roller-coasters and splashing water rides, indoor play zones and outdoor adventure play areas. There is also the Animal Barn, which houses zoo and farm animals.

In 2012, following a successful trial period, the park opened accommodation nearby at Crealy Meadows Caravan and Camping Park. Now known as Crealy Meadows, the site offers camping and caravan pitches, themed tents, and luxury lodges and glamping.

Rides[edit]

# Name Manufacturer Opened Description
1 The Jolly Roger Zamperla 2017 Get in a spin as you take a ride on this rocking and spinning pirate ship.
2 The Junior Driving School World of Rides 2017 The Junior Driving School will have young guests twisting and turning around the tricky course.
3 Aqua Blasters JJ Amusements 2016 Zoom around a lagoon in a bumper boat firing a fast pumping water cannon.
4 Twister Rollercoaster SBF/VISA 2015 310m of twisting track standing at 12m high.
5 Dino Jeeps Zamperla 2014 Explore the Jurassic Jungle with the whole family.
6 Seacups SBF/VISA 2014 Be prepared to be under King Neptune's command as he takes you for a breath-taking spin around the ocean.
7 Shark Bay Coaster SBF/VISA 2014 Shark Bay is the junior indoor coaster and is located inside The Lost World of Atlantis.
8 Supersubs SBF/VISA 2014 Enjoy the underwater world right before your eyes of The Lost World of Atlantis.
9 The Flying Machine Zamperla 2014 A ride that the whole family can enjoy, taking to the sky and flying high.
10 Safari Express SBF/VISA 2013 See how many different animals you can spot as you enjoy this family ride
11 Crealy Grand Prix Formula K - Go Karts 2011 Bringing thrills to four wheels, challenge your friends to the Crealy Grand Prix and get ready to go.
12 Vortex Water Coaster Van Egdom 2010 The world's first triple tube water coaster.
13 Dolphin Drop Zamperla 2008 Take a ride with the dolphins and propel yourself towards the surface of the sea.
14 Tidal Wave Log Flume L&T Systems 2008 From high above the trees the double drop water slide plunges at high speed into the darkness of the water below.
15 Victorian Carousel 2003 Ride the Victorian Carousel, the most beautiful ride at Crealy Great Adventure Park & Resort
16 Flying Dutchman Metalbau 2000 Jump on board The Flying Dutchman to swoop low and swing high through the sky.
17 Maximus Rollercoaster Verkoma 2000 Departing from the ancient Roman buildings, jump aboard Maximus the Roman Roller Coaster and hold on tight.
18 Honey Swing SBF/VISA 1999 Take to the air and soar like a honey bee.

Camel Creek Adventure Park[edit]

Terry Sandling bought Trelow Farm in Tredinnick and opened the property to the public in 1989 as The Shire Horse Centre. The property was then sold to Crealy Great Adventure Parks in 2004. Following an acquisition in 2015, John Broome CBE purchased Cornwall's Crealy and rebranded it as Camel Creek Adventure Park. The park attracts approximately 200,000 people a year.[1]

Major rides include the new 5D Simulator, Morgawr, The Beast, Raging River and Thunder Falls. Camel Creek targets younger children up to the age of six. Swampy and Dina are resident characters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alton Towers founder buys Cornwall Crealy theme park". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 

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