Think Exeter, and Gothic cathedrals by cobblestoned streets instantly come to mind. The English city is a pleasing juxtaposition of antique and modern, with bustling shopping centres nonchalantly surrounded by medieval buildings debatably as old as time. However, apart from the architecture and the bustling nightlife courtesy the student community, Exeter has something for the families that other cities can’t hold a candle to– theme parks and amusement parks. Exeter’s theme parks and amusement parks rank high on the list of all-weather things to do in England. Whether it’s topsy-turvy rollercoasters you’re after or an indoor play area that’s safe for children and fun for adults too, these theme parks and amusement parks in Exeter, the UK guarantee that extra dose of thrill, no matter the weather. Check them out below.
1. Crealy Theme Park & Resort
As Southwest England’s largest family theme park attraction, Crealy Theme Park and Resort leaves very little to be desired. Sprawled over a whopping 100 acres (40.4 hectares) of the English countryside, the theme park houses more than 60 rides and attractions. It even has a zoo and hosts live shows to bedazzle spectators. The first-ever rollercoaster was added in the year 2000, following which, more thrilling rides were added over the years. Campers and glampers alike also have reason to head to Crealy– the neighbouring Crealy Meadows allows travellers to pitch tents and caravans but also packs some fabulous glamping areas.
Crealy Theme Park and Resort
Address: Sidmouth Rd, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DR, United Kingdom
Website: Crealy Theme Park and Resort
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 4.30pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 5.30pm
2. Woodlands Family Theme Park
Devon’s largest family park aims to promise families the time of their lives. There’s something for everyone, from cheerful kids to adventurous adults. The all-weather amusement park is a perfect getaway from hot summer days or boring winter weekends. The family-friendly venture is set on 60 acres (24.3 hectares) of land with 16 rides for the thrill-seekers and 500 animals for the nature enthusiasts. A whole host of extensive play zones divide the park into segments; the indoor play centres are worthy of attention not least because they guarantee a fun day frolicking no matter what the weather outside. Rock ‘n’ Roll Tugboat, Sand Diggers, Vertigo and DinoTrek are some recently installed rides spread across the various play zones.
Woodlands Family Theme Park
Address: Woodlands Leisure Park A3122, Totnes TQ9 7DQ, United Kingdom
Website: Woodlands Family Theme Park
Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 9.30am - 5pm (closed from Mon - Fri)
Price: From 10 USD
3. The Milky Way Adventure Park
Milky Way Adventure Park is a fun-filled getaway for family and friends. In the recent years, the park has been named Devon’s Best Large Attraction. Let loose in the massive indoor adventure area that houses assault courses and slides that are as exciting for adults as they are for children. Spread over 110,000 ft (33,528 m) indoors and outdoors, the all-weather adventure park beats winter blues! The joyful mood takes on an even more festive front during Christmas when children can decorate gingerbread houses baked fresh in Mother Christmas’ kitchen. Their latest ride, Ziggy’s Blast Quest, is a thrilling interactive ride that lets park-goers of any age save Planet Earth from asteroids and meteors gone rogue.
The Milky Way Adventure Park
Address: The Milky Way Adventure Park, Bideford EX39 5RY, United Kingdom
Website: The Milky Way Adventure Park
Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 10am - 5pm (closed from Mon - Fri)
Price: 12 USD
4. Watermouth Family Theme Park And Castle
Watermouth Family Theme Park And Castle harks back to Victorian times and invites visitors to experience what life was once like, back in the days. The massive Victorian-era castle is naturally the front and centre of this show, as are all the eclectic relics and artefacts on show inside. Overlooking the stunning Watermouth Cove, the castle houses vintage pier slot machines, displays of artefacts and, of course, the labyrinthian dungeons to spark a thrill. Outside, the Mighty Mortier Fountain Show holds visitors captive– it’s a beautiful harmony of lights and water set to the sounds of a 101-key Mortier Organ. For kids, the ‘Lands’ are where to go wild– Merry-Go-Land, Adventureland and Gnomeland each play host to distinctive rides and attractions designed to excite any and all. The Courtyard Café and Garden Cafés have just the fix for post-adventure hunger; try their homemade ice cream while peering out to Watermouth Valley for an experience to cherish for a long time.
Watermouth Family Theme Park And Castle
Address: A399, Ilfracombe EX34 9SL, United Kingdom
Opening hours: 10:30am - 5:30pm (daily)
Price: 20 USD
5. The Big Sheep
Woolly enjoying a day out at Sandy Park with other local Mascots from Devon's Top Attractions and local charities.Posted by The BIG Sheep Family Attraction on Monday, 9 March 2015
Set amidst lush landscaped parkland of 40 acres (16.1 hectares) in Devon, The Big Sheep is one of the longest-running amusement parks in England, having seen more than 2.5 million visitors in 30 years. Devon’s most popular rollercoaster is the largest attraction in this amusement park. Their shows are as entertaining for adults as they are for children– Sheep Race, Sheep Show and Sheep and Duck Trials are just some of the sheep-themed shows set up to enthral visitors. The Pets’ Corner is where children with a penchant for animals can wander along to– baby farm animals including lambs, puppies and rabbits are at hand to cuddle and play with. If you’re in the city at the time of a festival, then chances are you’ll absolutely love the EWE2 Arena and its host of grand events including the Mind Body & Soul Festival and the Spooktacular Halloween Festival.
The Big Sheep
Address: Abbotsham Rd, Abbotsham, Bideford EX39 5AP, United Kingdom
Website: The Big Sheep
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 3pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 5pm
Price: From 3 USD
6. Diggerland UK Theme Park (Devon)
The Devon leg of this theme park is a guarantee of action-packed days bookended by camping and carp fishing if that sounds like your cup of tea. It packs all the rides and thrills that are characteristic of Diggerland parks across the UK, including the classic Go-Karts and Dodgems and the Spindizzy and Dig-a-Round rides. The Diggerland campsite is a drawcard for adults looking to escape the hustle of city life and go away to the fields for a day or two of rejuvenation. It’s the perfect place to pitch your tent, camper van, caravan, motor home, whatever you choose! Diggerlakes, nearby the campsite and the amusement park, is where enthusiastic anglers go to spend a morning carp fishing. S’mores and bonfires on chilly nights beckon so if you’re planning to swing by Diggerland Devon, make sure you slot in a night or two in the campsite for a complete weekend to remember!
Diggerland UK Theme Park
Address: Verbeer Manor, Willand, Cullompton EX15 2PE, United Kingdom
Website: Diggerland Devon
Opening hours: Check website for calendar
Price: 31 USD
All-weather fun in Exeter
Whether you’re looking to pitch a tent in the lush countryside during summer or want to get out of the house with the family on a rainy day, there’s something for everyone at Exeter’s theme parks. Depending on what type of entertainment you’re going for, make your choice, and ensure everyone’s the right height to make the most of the electrifying rides on offer!
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