Theme Parks in Devon – Find out about Devon’s Top Family Theme Parks
From toddler fun to extreme thrill seekers, find some of the best things to do in Devon here!
Devon is not just home to some of the UK’s most beautiful and unspoilt coast and countryside or some of the most stunning award-winning beaches around. Delve deeper and you will discover some of the UK’s top visitor attractions and uncover some amazing playgrounds of entertainment at Devon family theme parks.
Devon has long been a number one holiday hotspot with generations of families choosing to holiday here and it continues to be a firm favourite destination. Since Victorian times Devon has drawn enthusiastic visitors to the county and is one of the UK’s top holiday destinations. Over the years Devon’s tourist attractions have diversified and adapted to the changing needs of the humble holiday maker. And it now features some of best kid friendly attractions in the south-west and some of the best attractions in the UK.
Devon theme parks have evolved from their modest beginnings and have expanded over time and, after years of investment and innovative thinking, now offer a whole day of excitement and enjoyment for all the family. They magically cater for all ages from the tiny tots with low-key fun to some pretty terrifying white-knuckle thrill seeker ride experiences. From bouncy castle toddler fun to rampaging rollercoasters and thrilling toboggan runs, these Devon amusement parks have got it all wrapped up into offering some of the very best days out in Devon.
6 kid- friendly attractions in Devon
Devon has an abundance of top quality and multi award-winning theme parks, here are a few!
Formerly known as Crealy Adventure Park and Crealy Park. This family theme park boasts the most rides in Devon and has over 60 rides and attractions to enjoy and is set in over 100 acres of glorious Devon countryside. They have over 100 animals, 30 outdoor attractions and a variety of other activities including some outdoor white-knuckle rides.
Crealy opened its doors as a working farm attraction in 1989, showcasing a state-of-the-art dairy unit. Over the next 10 years additions were made to the site and the barns were converted into undercover attractions.
In the year 2000, the first rollercoaster was added followed by the splashing water rides and Crealy’s other exhilarating thrill seeking rides. In 2012 the park opened accommodation nearby at Crealy Meadows Caravan and Camping Park and the site now offers camping and caravan pitches, themed tents and luxury lodges as well as glamping. Crealy also have a Big Top Arena where they hold live shows throughout the season. in addition there’s a spectacular Christmas Ice Show.
Woodlands Family Theme Park is one of the largest and most established theme parks in Devon and, boasting one the largest indoor play areas in the South West, offers a wonderful family day out for everyone. The 100 acre site offers lots of space to accommodate the 11 zones of the park which include some exciting adrenaline filled rides. These include the Vertigo and the Cyclone Canyon water rides where you can expect to get a bit of a soaking. They also have a Toddler Village and a Zoo Farm zone which offer more sedate fun. Plus, you can stay and play at their award winning Woodlands Grove family campsite, just a stone’s throw from the park it’s surrounded in beautiful countryside. Caravan or camp on this site and you get free entry to the Family Theme Park throughout your stay!
The Big Sheep Theme Park in North Devon offers world Famous Fun and has been doing this for over 30 years. The Big Sheep was once a working farm and in 1988 the Turner family decided to diversify and open its doors to welcome visitors in to see the animals, experience feeding times and see the day to day workings of a busy farm. Today it’s home to the largest family-friendly rollercoaster in Devon, world-famous sheep racing, lots of outdoor and indoor fun and the latest addition – an on-site Gin Distillery. The sheep theme runs throughout the park and there’s a lovely nursery barn where you can at certain times of the year see live lambing and pet the latest sheep dog puppies. With live shows and activities throughout the day, it offers a jam-packed award-winning family day out.
This North Devon space themed theme park is an award-winning family day out. With 110,000 sq ft of indoor fun and acres of outdoor activities it’s no wonder the Milky Way Theme Park boasts the biggest all weather, family day out in North Devon. You can ride their Cosmic Typhoon rollercoaster or the destroyer dodgems, enjoy the live shows, have a go on the Gravity Rider and the Cosmic Caterpillar. You can test your archery skills and laser target shooting or try and find your way out of their maze. There’s the outdoor Jumping Jupiters giant bouncing pillows, too! They have a private collection exhibition on show of Sci-fi memorabilia from film and TV. From Darth Vader to Daleks and R2D2 the collection is really quite extensive and a must see for any fans.
This North Devon family theme park is situated near Ilfracombe and is unique in its offering of quirky family fun which continues to entertain and appeal to all ages. The mock castle was built around the Victorian age. Its downstairs rooms are packed full of quirky novelties and castle treasures. See the mechanical musical instruments, antique slot machines, cider making equipment and a model railway. Descend into the depths of the Castle to the Dungeon Labyrinths and see magical fairytales come to life. Watch the eccentric patriotic water show extravaganza and enjoy the beautiful performance of lights, music, and fountains in the famous underground water show.
Make your way outside and wander through the maze, or venture into Merry Go Land and explore Gnome Land to discover the secret world of the little people. Head for Adventure Land where you can ride the Thunder Luge Toboggan run or fire water bombs at your family and friends in the Water Wars area. Plus, delight and enjoy one of their delicious Watermouth Fayre ice cream, homemade onsite from a secret family recipe.
Diggerland Theme Park is located in Cullompton in Mid Devon and close to Exeter. It offers a fun-filled action-packed Devon family day out like no other. It is an adventurous day out where visitors can ride, drive and operate real diggers and all set in a safe and family friendly setting. It’s a fun fueled day out for sure with some big exhilarating rides which are sure to excite and frighten. Ride the Skyshuttle and the Spindizzy or the Groundshuttle. Operate the Giant Diggers and Dumper Trucks and ride the Diggerland train or hop on the Dig-a-Round ride. There’s plenty to do for the little ones too with the Little Tykes Wheels Play Zones just for the under 5’s.
Award Winning Devon Theme Parks
The Theme Parks in Devon continue to be awarded with top awards and accolades and many are multi award winning with awards and recognition from national bodies. These include TripAdvisor, Days Out with the Kids, Devon Tourism Awards, South West Tourism Awards, Visit England Awards of Excellence in addition to Primary Times Reader Star Awards and some Green and Rural Business Awards. They are well placed to offer their visitors some top quality family days out.
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