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