Last weekend we were invited to enjoy a day out at Camel Creek Adventure Park, which is near Wadebridge down here in Cornwall. It was formerly Cornwall’s Crealy.
The change of name and ownership is quite recent and when we went around the park something we spied straight away was that most things still have Crealy branding on them. The changeover is clearly still in progress, and I like that they aren’t just throwing money away by disposing of everything with Crealy on in the gift shop etc.
The boys have always loved it at Camel Creek Adventure Park (obviously when it was Crealy, but to save confusion I’ll call it Camel Creek) and we have been there most summer holidays for years.
This time when we went since it was around Easter, the boys were given a creme egg and a sheet for an Easter egg hunt on the way in. The boys were keen to start the hunt, but we had an early lunch first.
There are several places to eat at Camel Creek, all shown on the map you receive on the way in. We chose to eat in the Hand-Made Burger Company, which is part of the Dragon’s Kingdom play zone. This is usually where we eat, as the boys enjoy playing afterwards.
The Dragon’s Kingdom is a brilliant indoor soft play area, with big slides and more. We sometimes end up spending hours in there, the boys running around making friends, and me sat in a corner catching up on emails or relaxing with a book. It’s the first soft play area I’ve ever actually enjoyed being in.
There are little birds that live inside the building, so you can watch them flitting around the place and sneaking under the table for a sneaky taste of crumbs. I was pleased to see this time, that under the new owners the play zone has had a clean up as there used to be rather a lot of bird poo on the walls in there, which was a bit off putting if you sat near the walls.
It looked much cleaner this time though, and the food was delicious. Also reasonably priced, a cheese burger with fries for me, 2 children’s chicken nugget meals and our drinks were only £16.85 in total.
After eating and playing we had fun hunting the big eggs. All of the eggs had a stamp attached to them for children to stamp their Easter egg hunt sheets, to prove they found the eggs, which I thought was a nice touch.
The eggs were spread all over the park with clues to help you, some of them were quite challenging to find. Once we’d finished the hunt, the boys were given a small ‘Scratch it!’ art set. I liked that it wasn’t just chocolate as a prize, as so many children have allergies and intolerances it’s nice the prize was something for everyone.
We didn’t just do the Easter egg hunt, we enjoyed the rest of the park like we always do. We always enjoy seeing the animals, and it was good to see that the crocodile has a much bigger enclosure now as they always looked a bit sad in their small area before.
There are lots of other animals and reptiles to see around the park, including some gorgeous horses. Our favourite though are the Meerkats.
Camel Creek has lots of areas for children to play with big slides, new undercover sandpit areas, a small rollercoaster, rides for smaller and bigger children, water rides including a log flume that we love in the warmer months and more. The new owner intends to make much more of Crealy undercover so that it can hopefully in the future be open all year, which is brilliant news for locals and holidaymakers alike.
The boys were a little sad that the old ghost house section was closed down, as they used to really enjoy running around inside there, but it is just part of many changes coming, hopefully for the good. This is where the new 5D experience is planned to go from the looks of the map, which does sound fun.
We always enjoyed the place as Crealy and I am sure we’ll continue to enjoy it now that it is Camel Creek Adventure Park. I’m looking forward to seeing what changes happen in the near future and seeing the park grow, especially as it has been bought by the former founder and owner of Alton Towers.
I really do recommend a visit if you have children to entertain when in Cornwall!
*We were allowed free entry to the park for the purpose of writing this post, but all thoughts and opinions as ever are my own and honest*