We are spoilt in Cornwall for tourist attractions and a huge variety of places to visit for days out. Theme Parks and big rides and never my idea of a good day but the children adore them and Cornwall’s Crealy has the best around and so reluctantly I invest in an annual pass each year. To be fair to Crealy the place is very well organized spacious and packed with so much to do from toddlers to teens. The things we focused on years ago like soft play houses, tractors, diggers and sand pits are now bypassed by my children as they head for the thrill seeking rides. I tend to pack a picnic when we go as there are picnic tables dotted all around although the children can never resist investing in the slush puppies with free refills; I swear they are all bouncing off the car walls by the time we come home!
We had the children’s French cousin staying with for the week and this was his last day. We were taking him to Newquay airport late afternoon and so with Crealy just 20 minutes from here it seemed an obvious choice for our last day of fun before sending him on his way, Clio also brought a friend along too so as usual I had quite a group to watch over .
As soon as you enter the old fashioned fairground flying chairs beckon, this is one of the few rides I actually go on myself without coming off feeling too dizzy.
From here I had a job keeping up with them all as they split into groups heading for different rides. I am usually happy for them to wander off and do their own thing with a meet up time for leaving however as we actually had to make a flight I was keen to stay with them and ensure no one lost track of time. This had the added benefit of capturing their expressions as they speed past from ride to ride.
Between the big rides they raced each other down giant slides
We have learned from experience to leave the water rides till the end, these are the ones the children look forward to the most. They really do emerge drenched and fit for nothing but home, though they did stop to play on the water wind up and tip machine deciding that a bucket load of cold water over them at this stage wasn’t going to make any difference; thankfully the one who mattered had a case of dry clothes in the car!
Despite spending 4 hours a Crealy there were plenty of rides we missed not to mention the animals, reptile house and woodland walks, but I’m sure the children will have me returning before too long.
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