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Crealy Meadows camping review

Crealy Meadows camping review

Picture the scene: you’ve just had an epic day out with the kids at Crealy Adventure Park in Devon. You rode the rollercoasters, got drenched on the Tidal Wave log flume and laughed out loud at the live Sooty Show. Now you have to drag your exhausted, damp kids back to the car for the long drive home. What a come down. But wait! There is an alternative: camping at Crealy Meadows. 

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We booked a Stay and Play Crealy camping deal in July 2021. Having camped and glamped at Crealy before, we knew we were in for a great time and it couldn’t come round quickly enough.

Read our Crealy Meadows review to find out what’s included in the Crealy Stay and Play offer at this campsite and theme park.

Get a while to stay? Check out my full guide to family holidays in Devon.

Camping at Crealy

Crealy Meadows Clubhouse and Reception
The Club House and Reception

Crealy Meadows is a family-friendly Devon campsite with excellent facilities.

It’s not far from junction 30 of the M5 and is next to Crealy Theme Park near Exeter in East Devon. If you have time to explore away from Crealy there’s lots of things to do in Exmouth which is 20 minutes down the road.

Pitch types include:

  • 10m x 10m standard grass pitches
  • 12m x 12m grass super pitches with electric
  • 12m x 12m hard standing pitches with electric
  • 10m x 10m basic camping pitches that are available from July until the end of August.

All the pitches are level and most have landscaping to separate pitches into smaller groups.

Our stay at Crealy

Van and awning on camping pitch at Crealy Meadows

We had a grass super pitch with our Stay and Play deal. You can pick your pitch when you book, so we went for one that was close to the toilet block and within sight of one of the play parks.

When we arrived we were given a map with our pitch circled, so it was easy to find.

Theme park entry

We arrived too late to enjoy the theme park on the Friday of our stay, but were up and ready to go when it opened at 10am the next day.

The benefit of staying at Crealy Meadows was we were able to get on a lot of the rides before they got busier at around midday. And with our Stay and Play passes we were able to leave mid-afternoon and visit nearby Exmouth knowing that we could pop back in on Sunday and revisit our favourite rides.

When you have a Stay and Play deal you get a wrist band so it’s easy to come and go at any point during your stay.

If you make a standard campsite booking you can of course pay for entry to Crealy separately.

Here’s my guide to days out at Crealy Adventure Park.

Family-friendly campsite

Crealy Meadows play park

There’s a friendly feel about Crealy Meadows. It’s not somewhere families need to be concerned about their kids making a bit of noise – all the other guests had children while we were there.

This made it feel safe too. The only people breaking the five mile an hour speed limit were kids enjoying a spin around the site on the trikes you can hire. We had no worries letting the girls pop over to the play ground on their own.

The site guidelines are to keep noise to a minimum between 10.30pm and 7am, and this is mostly adhered to.

Glamping at Crealy

Children outside safari tent style glamping at Crealy Meadows in Devon, England
Our glamping stay at Crealy when the girls were ickle!

As well as camping and touring pitches, there are safari glamping tents at Crealy. We stayed in one a few years back. They are great fun.

They can sleep up to six people and come with a basic kitchen, utensils and crockery, two hobs, two double beds and a bunk. Just add your own bedding.

There’s a toilet block close to the safari tents.

Find out more about glamping at Crealy from our previous stay.

There’s also luxury lodge accommodation towards the very back of Crealy Meadows. Some lodges come with hot tubs.

Be aware that the only option for staying with a dog at Crealy Meadows is to stay in your own tent, caravan or motorhome.

Crealy Meadows Clubhouse

Inside The Clubhouse
Photo from pre-COVID visit

The campsite has a great Clubhouse with bar, food and plenty of seating indoors and out. There’s also a pool table and table tennis.

You get a guide for what’s on during your stay including opening, food and entertainment times.

Entertainment programme at Crealy Meadows camping site
Weekly entertainment programme from 28 June to 2 July 2021

We only popped in for a drink this time. Last time we camped at Crealy Meadows there was small scale entertainment in the Clubhouse during the week day evenings, like quizzes, then the main Saturday evening entertainment happens over in the theme park. 

There’s more laid on in the school holidays.

You can also use a takeaway app to order pizzas to be delivered to your pitch (peak season only). This came in really handy for us this time as we didn’t get set up until 6.30pm on the Friday and weren’t up for driving out to find a takeaway.

There’s a good selection of pizza toppings and meal options, and they arrived within 30 minutes, piping hot.

Sport and play facilities

Family at start of adventure golf at Crealy Meadows campsite

Crealy Meadows has two play areas, a multi-sports court and 10 hole adventure golf course. You can also hire peddle trikes or quads to ride around the site.

The quads and trikes are really popular, so either get in quick in the morning or hire them during the day when everyone else is in the theme park.

In 2021, a go on the adventure golf cost £3 per person or £10 for a family, and hiring the trikes or quads ranged from £5 for 30 minutes to £12 for an hour depending on the size of the bike you choose. Check the latest prices with Crealy Meadows.

Family on quad bike at Crealy Meadows campsite

There’s also a daily programme of activities in the school summer holidays.

Toilet blocks

There are two heated toilet blocks on the site. These have sinks, large shower cubicles and a vanity area in the ladies. The only thing you’ll not find are cubicles with sinks for brushing teeth and having a quick wash.

Sinks in campsite toilet block

The blocks also have: a family bathroom with bath; a dish washing area; and a laundry with a large freezer should you need to store frozen food. Glass recycling and general waste bins are located near the shore blocks.

Crealy campsite washing up area

On site shop

Crealy Meadows has an onsite shop selling local meat, milk and bread. There’s also store cupboard basics, toiletries, ice creams, sweets, soft drinks and games.

It’s small but they cover most bases if you’ve forgotten something essential.

Dog-friendly camping in Devon

Dogs are allowed to stay with you at Crealy Meadows if you are there with your own tent, caravan or motorhome. There’s a good sized dog walk with poo bins towards the back of the site.

Be aware that dogs aren’t allowed in Crealy Adventure Park but it is easy to pop back and check on them in a well ventilated caravan or motorhome.

I wouldn’t leave a dog in a tent but there are kennels you can hire if you do want to leave them while you go into the theme park.

Camping offers at Crealy

It’s worth signing up to the Crealy mailing list as they send out regular information about special deals like the Stay and Play weekends.

Stay and Play includes two to three nights camping, electric hook up, theme park entry for a family of four for the duration of your stay and the following extras per person:

  • a free drink in the club house
  • a free ice cream from the campsite shop
  • a round of adventure golf
  • a go on the go karts in the theme park.

We booked in January 2021 and our two day weekend at the start of July cost £143, which included an early bird discount.

Stay and Play weekends usually happen in June, July and September. 

You can get deals on theme park entry with other camping, glamping and accommodation breaks when you book.

Here’s more Devon campsites and holiday parks.

Things to do near Crealy

We drive to Exmouth for a few hours on the Saturday afternoon of our stay. It’s the closest beach to Crealy and stretches for more than two miles along the Exe Estuary.

You can hire water sports equipment, hop on a boat trip or let the kids plat at the Queens Drive Space adventure playground.

Read about all the things to do in Exmouth which is just 20 minutes from Crealy.

Other attractions in East Devon, Exeter and days out in Dartmoor are not far away.

Final thoughts on camping at Crealy Meadows

Girls standing in front of Flying Machine ride at Crealy Adventure Park

We came away from Crealy Meadows feeling all the good holiday vibes.

It felt like a much longer stay than two nights. I put that down to the amount of activities we managed to fit into our weekend thanks to the Stay and Play deal and having the theme park right on our doorstep.

Aside from the benefits of the location, we really rate the touring and camping site at Crealy Adventure Park. It’s modern, well laid out and has plenty of activities for families whether you are there for the theme park or not.

The price of the pitches and other accommodation reflect the standard of the facilities.

This is a family campsite, so is not somewhere I’d recommend going for a quiet, child-free weekend. But having said that we experienced no problems with noise late at night or rowdy behaviour. 

Crealy Meadows is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a family-friendly Devon campsite with entertainment and plenty of activities.

Check the Crealy Meadows website for the latest prices and offers.

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Saturday 21st of August 2021

Hello! Great write up, we love Crealy Meadows! Where about is the laundry room as it’s not on the site map and we cannot find it!

Claire Hall

Saturday 21st of August 2021

You'll find it in the shower block closest to the club house. I'm not sure if there is also one in the other shower block as we did not use that one.

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