Springfields Fun Park

Yesterday the boys and I went for a day out to Springfields Fun Park near St Columb Major, which is the town that I grew up in, in Cornwall. We have been going since the boys were small, and I did wonder whether they were getting too old for the place, but apparently not!

Springfields Playground

The boys have always loved Springfields, but sadly in recent years it has become a bit run down and the stinging nettles everywhere had become a complete pain. We carried on visiting though, as the boys were old enough to be sensible and we still loved it, but it did seem such a shame for such a lovely place to be neglected.

Luckily Springfields was recently bought by two lovely sisters Helen and Laura, who have a lot of plans to improve Springfields. They are very open on the Springfields Facebook page to suggestions from the people who visit them, so if you have a great idea for them or want to tell them what you’d love to stay the same, you should definitely go follow them over there.

I chatted to both Helen and Laura yesterday, and even had my necklace chewed on by one of their almost one year old children – most definitely a family business! They were both very friendly, and didn’t seem too daunted by the big task ahead of them. I’m thrilled that somewhere with so many good memories for us is being refreshed, whilst still keeping the friendly relaxed atmosphere that makes it so great.

Whilst Springfields does have indoor play areas – which are going to be moved around and updated, it is very far from the usual soft play hell.

Springfields slides

You can see in the photo an area blocked off with wooden boards at the moment, this is where they’ve removed an unsafe fountain/garden area and concreted the floor. It really was a bit of a silly thing to have in a play area where small children could fall in, sorting out a few safety issues has been their main priority so far.

There’s also a giant jenga, snakes and ladders, checkers, ride on cars and more indoors, but the boys favourite area is the Enchanted Wood. This is a specially ultraviolet lit area, with small houses to play in, a slide and the novelty of having items of their clothes glow.

Being too young for night clubbing (until they’re at least 25!) the UV light is a real novelty for them, and once Springfields have built their new gift shop area, I almost feel like they should be selling the UV jewellery in there and glow sticks!

Springfields Enchanted Wood

Harley wears ridiculously bright trainers at the best of times, but under the lights they were especially impressive!

Glowing Feet Springfields

Outside there’s even more to do, the boys love the zip wire outside. There was two of them, but the new owners had to take one down because it was unsafe, but I am hoping they keep at least one of them in place, as it keeps the boys amused for ages.

There are more outside play areas, and I was really pleased to see the trampolines there had new safety nets. The old ones were holey, unsafe and would have really worried me if the boys were smaller and less sensible. A lot of the stinging nettles have started to disappear form around the park as well, especially from the big slide area which used to be awful.

There is a lovely pavilion area, where you can stand and watch loads of fish go slightly crazy around you, and ducks. There is a separate area of water with several rowing boats that you can use. I did attempt the boating lake with the boys yesterday, but unfortunately I’m really not a natural and we ended up with our heads in the bushes, it was hilarious though.

They have made a safety change in this area too, and put a fence in around the dock area, so that small children can’t just run straight in to the water.

Springfields Outside

Lots of animals, including horses for pony rides, alpacas (these are new and I didn’t get to take a photo), sheep, rabbits, pigs, goats, ducks that even do a duck race and more.

Springfields Animal

They are also doing an overhaul of the menu, chips and fried things are gone and healthier jacket potatoes and paninis are available. The menu is something they’ll be working on once the season is over though apparently.

At the moment Springfields is still a brilliant place for a day out, and in future months as the improvements are made it will be even better by the sounds of it.

We’ll most likely be going back before the end of the Summer, and I am really looking forward already to next years season when I can see how they’ve gotten on with it all!

If you fancy visiting Springfields, then visit the Springfields website for more information including prices and exact location. I wasn’t asked to write about Springfields and I paid for my own entrance tickets, but chose to do so as we love the place and the new owners seemed so lovely!

Have you ever been to Springfields?

Stevie x

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  1. 17 August 2015 / 10:52 am

    It sounds to me that the new owners are really pulling the stops out to build their new business into an exciting, fun filled and safe attraction. If my boys were 15 years younger and I were in Cornwall then its somewhere I would definitely take them. Sadly, through lack of funds or enthusiasm well loved businesses do end up neglected and sad, and we have to hope that someone can see their potential and restore and improve them. Fortunately, Helen and Laura came to Springfield’s rescue and I’m sure, from reading this, it’s going to be a huge success. Have fun visiting !
    Brigitte xx

    • 17 August 2015 / 9:37 pm

      I am very glad they have Bree, this place could be even more wonderful with a bit of help :)

      Stevie x

      • 19 August 2015 / 7:42 pm

        Hope they get it as they sound really enthusiastic, but sometimes you just can’t do it on your own! Changing the cafe menu is a great idea. More parents want healthier options these days. And they need great cake to go with those cups of coffee!

  2. 17 August 2015 / 3:26 pm

    ooh, this place looks great! Thanks for posting this we will be paying a visit when we move :-) x

    • 17 August 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Which part of Cornwall are you moving to? :) Springfields would be perfect for children of the ages that you have,

      Stevie x

  3. 18 August 2015 / 10:35 am

    What an insightful review, I live a 5 minute walk from this place and don’t have children but had a public consultation meeting in the building a few years ago.

    I’ve got to say I was utterly shocked, the place looked dated, dangerous and was smelly and looked like it hadn’t been cleaned since the 80’s.

    I have friends that are fairly new parents and also live close by and after taking their kids there said they wouldn’t go back again as the place was very dirty.

    It seemed such a shame that it has so much potential. However I have noticed recently that the sign for the car park has recently change and the whole building has been given a lick of paint. If this is the work of the new owners and they have the insight to bring it back up to date I wish them all the best and once I have my own children very much look forward to taking them to the new improved pony centre.

    I wish Springfields all the success for the future and hope they can make a success of the business.

    • 18 August 2015 / 9:03 pm

      Hi Mandi, they have already made a very good start on making the place cleaner and have focussed on the safety issues around the place. They have a big job ahead of them, and having taken it over right on high season they are having to just do the most important things at the moment, but from the sounds of things they have great plans for springfields and it’s getting better already, my boys have always loved it there though regardless! :) I grew up in St Columb Major, and my Dad still lives there, so it’s a handy located place for us.

      I’m going to be writing another honest review once they’ve finished with their renovations and all the work they have to do around the place, to let the people who have been put off going there before know that it’s hopefully a lot better.

      The new owners are lovely and very approachable, so if anyone does have any suggestions I’m sure they’d be happy to hear them :)

      Stevie

  4. What a lovely place to be able to go to – love that there is good indoor and outdoor space, would love for something like this where I live! The new owners sound great, it’s good to see that the people who have bought it are focused on improving something fun for the family x

    Emma xx
    http://www.emmainbromley.co.uk

    • 18 August 2015 / 9:06 pm

      It really is lovely there, it’s so relaxed and the boys love it

      Stevie x

  5. 21 August 2015 / 7:31 am

    It looks a lovely day out. I’m pleased that it’s now getting the love it deserves. #PickandMix

    • 21 August 2015 / 4:25 pm

      I definitely agree, and I love that it’s being run by a family, imagine growing up with this as your ‘garden’

      Stevie x

  6. 21 August 2015 / 8:00 am

    This looks fantastic!Love the UV area,my kids would have great fun there x #picknmix

    • 21 August 2015 / 4:30 pm

      Yours would be the perfect ages for it :) If you ever get down to Cornwall on holiday I could meet you there! ;)

      Stevie xx

  7. 21 August 2015 / 8:10 am

    What a lovely day out, my girls love going to places like this! The trainer picture is ACE!! #picknmix

    • 21 August 2015 / 4:31 pm

      They aren’t much less bright out of the UV ha, well at least I’ll never lose him!! ;)

      Stevie x

  8. 21 August 2015 / 8:55 am

    I’d let the children go and enjoy themselves in the play area and spend the day with the animals :)

  9. kerry norris
    21 August 2015 / 9:52 am

    Love the look of the uv area. Very different to normal play areas x #PicknMix

    • 21 August 2015 / 4:16 pm

      It’s one of the boys favourite bits :)

      Stevie x

  10. 21 August 2015 / 10:01 am

    I will be looking forward to how it would look like after the renovations. For sure your kids would love it even more. #PicknMix

    • 21 August 2015 / 4:17 pm

      Thanks hon, it’s a lovely place with some good memories for us!

      Stevie x

    • 21 August 2015 / 4:18 pm

      Thanks lovely, we love it there,

      Stevie x

  11. Sarah
    21 August 2015 / 10:14 am

    Its good that someone else is taking it over and updating it.
    Places like this are brilliant, there’s something for everyone x ps. seriously cool trainers!

    • 21 August 2015 / 4:19 pm

      Ha he loves those trainers, and anything bright!! His football good are bright orange,

      Stevie x

  12. 21 August 2015 / 12:18 pm

    Oh wow – this look s like lots of fun and a good mix of inside/outside too :) #picknmix

    • 21 August 2015 / 4:22 pm

      Definitely, always handy to have somewhere to shelter or for shade in the unpredictable Cornish weather ;)

      Stevie x

  13. 21 August 2015 / 1:53 pm

    Sounds like a great place – lovely that it has been bought by people who want to look after it & make improvements. Loving the UV enchanted wood – never seen anything like that! #PicknMix

    • 21 August 2015 / 4:23 pm

      Mine used to think the wood was actually magic when they were small as they’d never seen UV before ha! :)

      Stevie x

    • 21 August 2015 / 10:03 pm

      I have every faith in them :)

      Stevie x

  14. 21 August 2015 / 8:38 pm

    Must go to this place…youngest has been to a party but looks a great place to spend the day. Just need this Cornish drizzle to go! x

    • 21 August 2015 / 10:21 pm

      It is miserable weather isn’t it?! I just dropped one of my son’s friends home and could hardly see on the way back it was so misty and drizzly! Springfields is lovely, if you wanted we could even meet up there sometime with our children :)

      Stevie x

  15. LittleOandMe
    21 August 2015 / 8:52 pm

    It is always such a shame when places like this are not looked after properly. It is good that it has been taken over by people who actually seem to care about the place. Lovely photos and I am looking forward to reading the update after you have been back. Thanks so much for hosting #Picknmix
    Becky-LittleOandme

    • 21 August 2015 / 10:06 pm

      My pleasure lovely,

      Stevie x

    • 22 August 2015 / 12:18 pm

      It’s a lovely place for a day out :)

      Stevie x

  16. 22 August 2015 / 9:30 pm

    It sounds lovely! Great that the new owners are trying so hard to make it safer and give it a new lease of life. #picnmix

    • 22 August 2015 / 11:01 pm

      It really is, the boys still love it there :)

      Stevie x

  17. 23 August 2015 / 10:01 am

    Looks like a fun day was had – great that the new owners are wanting to update it and make it their own. #picknmix

    • 23 August 2015 / 10:16 am

      I definitely agree :)

      Stevie x

  18. 23 August 2015 / 11:16 am

    Wow, this place looks lovely. It’s a shame it was left to get so run down. but it sounds like the new owners are really committed to improving it and have made lots of changes already. Good luck to them. #PicknMix

    • 23 August 2015 / 2:27 pm

      I’m thrilled it’s got new owners to care for it, especially as they seem so lovely!

      Stevie x

  19. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    23 August 2015 / 12:01 pm

    What a great place to play. I’m so glad it’s being given a new lease of life! It’s great to have somewhere to go like that with so much variety of things to see & do! #PicknMix x

    • 23 August 2015 / 2:30 pm

      I’ll be gutted when the boys do finally grow out of days out with me like this!

      Stevie x

  20. 24 August 2015 / 12:49 am

    A soft play hell! lol! & no night clubbing until they’re at least 25! Love it! Wish we have one of these club here, so I can keep my eyes on my kiddos. :) #PicknMix

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