Showing posts with label Glamping. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Glamping. Show all posts

Monday, 16 April 2018

Crealy Adventure Park Review

I hadn't heard of Crealy Adventure Park until we were asked if we would like to come and check it out and judging by the website it looked perfect for young families like ours.  My children are 6,5,3 and 1 and the park was advertised as fun for 0-12 with rides, playgrounds and soft play areas.  We were glamping on site at Crealy Meadows and ended up spending two whole days at the Adventure Park.

Crealy Adventure Park was the boys' dream place.  The mix of child friendly rides, themed outdoor playgrounds and indoor spaces where they could bounce around was perfect for them and they loved seeing the animals and exploring everything the park had to offer.  If your child is over 92cm then there is almost nothing they can't do and one of the best parts of the week for us was being able to say yes to Finn so much.  He is used to having to wait whilst his brothers go on rides he is too small for and suddenly he was big enough for everything and he loved it!

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The park is a mixture of indoor and outdoor which meant as the weather changed we could choose different activities.  Outside the boys favourite ride by far was the driving school which they must have done at least 8 times.  We went during the Easter holidays but the weather forecast wasn't great and we never had to queue for longer than about 5 minutes which was ideal!  Finn loved the Roman themed rollercoaster although his big brothers were too nervous to go on it and my highlight was shooting the boys with water as they played on the water ride.

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Indoors there were three rides including two that Cora was able to go on.  Although she is nearly 2 she is particularly short so her options were limited but there was plenty for her to do with the soft play areas.  There was a huge soft play which was perfect for even the biggest kids and parts were too challenging for my 5 and 6 year old still.  There were drop slides, long slides and all sorts and a seperate area for smaller children.  

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Also indoors was an animal barn where you could feed the rabbits, guinea pigs and goats.  There was a bug area and regular shows throughout the day where you could learn more about the insects, reptiles and mammals.  We caught the bug show and the kids loved learning about the tarantulas and touching the stick insects.  All three boys were mesmerised and the woman doing the show was really entertaining.

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The downside to being in an adventure park was the food and there was limited choice (pretty much burger, halloumi in a bun or a chicken burger with chips).  I have two children who don't eat chips and there was nothing for them.  We did spot a salad and subs area but it was shut for the duration of our visit which was dissapointing.  There were picnic areas so I would suggest bringing your own food if you have fussy eaters or dietary requirements. 

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Whilst we were there, there was a free Easter Egg hunt you could take part in and the children loved following the clues to collect stamps and then trading them in for an egg at the end.  The hunt seemed to be on all week which was nice and the clues helped guide us to parts of the park we hadn't explored yet.

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The children absolutely loved Crealy Adventure Park and it was amazing to be able to stay on site. I was exhausted at the end of every day (as were the children!) and it was great not having to go too far.  We spent 4 nights glamping on site at Crealy and had two full days in the adventure park which was perfect for us.  There were areas we saw a lot and a few bits we didn't manage to get to still.  I would recommend the park, especially if you have children between the ages of 3 and 9 as there is so much for them to do.

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

Crealy adventure park, Devon, family travel blog, themummyadventure.com

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We were invited to visit the park and offered our accommodation and park tickets in exchange for a review.  All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

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Monday, 9 April 2018

10 Reasons we loved Glamping at Crealy Adventure Park

We have recently arrived home from a few days glamping in Crealy Meadows at Crealy Adventure Park.  It was our third time glamping and we have discovered it is the perfect way for our family to get away.  Situated in Devon, close to Exeter and Exmouth beach, Crealy Adventure Park is a theme park for children with onsite camping, glamping and lodges.

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As we visited in April, we went for one of the safari tents and I think we made the right choice.  The tent was spacious even with six of us in, warm even in the rain and it was the perfect base for exploring Crealy Adventure Park and the local area.  Our tent was called ''Jambo' and was located alongside 7 other tents and about a 40 second walk (if you take the short cut) from the toilet block. 

The campsite had a newly opened 'Clubhouse' which served food all day, a reception and a little shop selling the basics. There were two wooden playgrounds situated centrally which would have been great an any other campsite but they were overshadowed by the fantastic ones within the adventure park! The children all played in them every day still.

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Here are the 10 reasons we loved glamping at Crealy


1. The tents had radiators in them which was so needed during a rainy April week.  It meant the tent felt as warm at night as our house does and it means camping during the quieter months would be a lot more comfortable!

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2. The adventure park next door runs shows in the animal area every day, but some of them were brought over to the Clubhouse just for the guests staying.  We went to the reptile show and it was small and intimate and the children got to hold a snake!

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3. One thing I often worry about with camping is security, but we had a lockable front door on our safari tent as well as lockable windows all around so the tent felt secure.  There were always plenty of staff around too.

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4. Every night at 7pm there was a quiz which was comprised of 20 questions with a prize of a beach towel for the winner and an hour of the family bikes for the best team name.  We entered twice and we have brought home a lovely Crealy beach towel as well as winning a go on the family bikes (which sadly we didn't get to use).

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5. There was a secret gate from the camping site to the park which meant you didn't have to queue to get in, you could just slip through.  The week we went was quite quiet but I imagine in the high season this would be really useful!

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6. Every night the big soft play in the Adventure Park opens for overnight guests and we loved running off the last of the days energy there! It is open until 11pm and there is a bar there as well as family games, shows and entertainment.  The soft play was designed with all ages in mind and is great for teens as well as younger ones.

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7. One of the highlights for the children was the unlimited pancake station in the mornings.  We ate breakfast in the clubhouse most days and they all went for pancakes with fresh fruit and syrups.

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8.  The toilet block was exceptionally clean, well set out and modern.  There was also two family bathroooms which had proper baths in as well as two toilets in each, one of them being a lower toddler toilet.  With children that hate showers, having a nice bath there was really great!

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9. The tents are perfect for bigger families like ours.  The six of us fit in with space for more as the top bunk and the sofa bed were still free.  You could sleep 8 plus travel cots in each one.

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10. It is a family camping area and everything is designed to bring families closer together.  We loved the whole experience and getting to experience it all together.

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I made a little video tour of our tent to give you a better idea of where we were staying too.


                     


Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Glamping at Crealy Adventure park, glamping with kids in Devon, themummyadventure.com

Disclosure : We were invited to stay for free in exchange for sharing our honest opinion.


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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Staying Overnight at Bear Lodge, Port Lympne

We recently spent a night staying at Bear Lodge in Port Lympne wildlife park and it was such a fantastic experience for the children and us.  It wasn't our first time glamping, but Bear Lodge was definitely the most glam thanks to the en-suite shower and toilet and the running water in the kitchen sink.  We slept overlooking the bears as well as being able to see out 40 miles towards the coast and we had our entry to Port Lympne included the next day.

Bear Lodge, Port Lympne, glamping

We were expecting the tents to be big and from the outside they looked similar to others we had stayed in.  Inside they were quite different though, so much bigger and better.  Being a family of six, we had one of the largest sized tents which sleeps up to 8.  There was a master bedroom, a second bedroom with bunk beds and a bed built into what looks like a wooden crate.  It had a storage/crawl space underneath and you could close the shutters both sides to make it fully coccooned.  There was a small 'kitchen' with cupboards, a fridge and a sink, a dining area with a large table and a living area with a sofa.  Outside the tent were tables and chairs so we could sit and enjoy the view.

Bear Lodge, Port Lympne, glamping

Bear Lodge, Port Lympne, glamping

All of the beds were made up with thick winter duvets and fleece blankets which we were really grateful for as we stayed at the end of October and it got pretty chilly! Whilst the previous day was mild, the night was freezing and we slept wrapped up in the warm layers.  I would definitely recommend taking warm layers if you are going outside of the summer season.

Bear Lodge, Port Lympne, glamping

There were around 20 tents all grouped together with a communal playground in the middle which all four children loved.  It was really great to be able to let them run around out there as soon as they woke up in the morning too.  

Bear Lodge, Port Lympne, glamping

Just behind our tent was a small meerkat enclosure and towards the bears was another one with small mammals (I have forgotten their names) that the children loved watching run around through the wire tubes.  Whilst the area felt safe and serene at times, you were very aware that you were sleeping in a wildlife park and we heard the bears growling through the evening too.

Bear Lodge, Port Lympne, glamping

The views were breathtaking and my photos do not do them justice.  The sun set just in front of us so it was the perfect spot to sit and watch it.  As occupants of Bear Lodge you can book in to do a later safari so rather than queing with the day customers, there were later safaris for the guests to go on an hour tour of the reserve taking in animals such as the giraffes, rhinos and deer.  We were staying at Bear Lodge as part of a project I have been doing with Panasonic so we had dinner with them, but there is a restaurant on the campsite that sells dinner and breakfast and had a bar.  The tents don't have any cooking facilities so you do have to eat out.

Bear Lodge, Port Lympne, glamping

If you are thinking of a visit, then don't forget to pack warm pyjamas, wellies and some marshmallows to toast! We had a brilliant time and I would love to take the children back.  From one year old up to six, they all found different things to amuse themselves and there was a lovely atmosphere in such a small site with the children all playing together.  

Bear Lodge, Port Lympne, glamping

You can stay at Bear Lodge at Port Lympne from £210 a night and that includes entry into both Howletts and Port Lympne for the duration of your stay, all bedding and towels and the safaris.  You can read more about our experience at Port Lympne here.  I have also written about the amazing Dinosaur Forest

Bear Lodge, Port Lympne, glamping
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