Best theme parks in Devon for families
Looking for fun things to do with kids in Devon? Why not treat the family to a day out with rollercoasters, family-friendly attractions, plus plenty of indoor play options for wet days too. Below you’ll find the top family theme parks in Devon.
Devon theme parks reopening after COVID-19
Theme parks in Devon along with other family attractions and hospitality businesses can start to reopen from 4 July 2020. Here are the ones I know about so far:
- Crealy Theme Park and Resort – reopening 6 July | book tickets in advance
- Woodlands Family Theme Park – reopening 6 July | book tickets in advance
- Diggerland Devon – reopening 11 July | book tickets in advance
- The Milky Way – reopening 11 July | book tickets in advance
- The Big Sheep – reopening 7 July | book tickets in advance
Before you travel please check the attraction’s to see whether tickets need to be booked in advance, and what activities and facilities will be available.
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Top tip: if you book online in advance you can get excellent discounts on entry to each of these Devon theme parks. It’s also important to check the attraction websites for their opening days and times as these vary throughout the year. In general, opening times and the number of rides that are open in the winter months is reduced but often so is the entry price. I’ve listed the websites below for your information.
Here’s where you’ll find the best theme parks in Devon:
Crealy Adventure Park & Resort – best for thrill rides
If you’re a fan of rollercoasters, log flumes and go-karts then Crealy Adventure Park & Resort near Exeter is a great theme park in Devon. This award-winning family attraction has 60 rides, as well as a farm, adventure play grounds, a splash park and indoor play to satisfy kids of all ages.
We’ve been visiting since the girls were three and one-years-old and have never been short of things to do at Crealy for toddlers. Some of their favourite rides include the carousel, the Flying Machine and, more recently, the Maximus rollercoaster. There are height restrictions on some of the bigger rides. Once children are over 92cm they can have a go on most attractions, but there are some that toddlers can do from 80cm high.
Each Devon school holiday there are themed events including shows in the Big Top arena which arrived at the park in 2018. Here’s a video of our visit to Crealy’s Christmas Spectacular:
You can also stay at Crealy. Its Crealy Meadows campsite has touring pitches for tents, motor homes and caravans, or you can hire one of the lodges or glamping tents. Entry to the theme park can be bought with your stay.
Great for pre-teens to teens | Open all year round (check website for days and times) | Crealy Adventure Park & Resort
Woodlands Family Theme Park – best for adventure play
We have season passes to Woodlands near Dartmouth and find ourselves there most weekends we are free; even if it’s just for a whirl around the Atlantis indoor soft play. Woodlands aces indoor play across the woodland park with several areas dedicated to slides, soft play and ball pits. It’s one of my top adventure parks in Devon and things to do on wet days in Devon.
Here’s what you need to know about visiting Woodlands Family Theme Park.
Outdoors my girls love the tractor ride, bumper boats, bouncy cushion and toboggan run.
If adrenaline rushes are more your family’s thing then visit these Woodlands theme park rides: the pirate galleon, three water coasters, the avalanche tray slides, and the Vertigo drop tower ride. You’ll not find rollercoasters here but there’s plenty of rides to give you a thrill. Height restrictions apply on some rides. Children over 92cm will find they can have a go on a lot of the bigger rides.
Woodlands puts on special events and shows during the Devon school holidays. Here’s a video from our visit to the Santa’s Grotto at Christmas:
You can also camp at Woodlands Grove next to the park and get free entry to the theme park during your stay. Woodlands Grove has touring pitches and a camping field.
Great for tots to pre-teens | Open all year round (check website for days and times) | Woodlands Family Theme Park
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The Milky Way – best for wet days
The Milky Way in North Devon is a superb choice for a Devon day out if it’s raining. Many of its attractions are under one roof that covers the same space as three football pitches. This includes fairground and thrill rides.
Height restrictions apply to some rides but once your children are over 80cm there’s lots they can do. The Milky Way also has a dedicated soft play centre for babies and toddlers.
Outdoors you’ll find rollercoasters suitable for the whole family, plus a train ride, Devon falconry centre and a huge tube slide. My girls love bouncing on the inflatable cushions and the craft centre where you can paint pottery.
Here’s a video from our visit to The Milky Way during the summer holidays:
Visit during the main school holidays and there are extra shows for families to enjoy including magic, science and bird of prey demonstrations.
Great for tots to pre-teens | Open all year round (check website for days and times) | The Milky Way
The Big Sheep
Visit this theme park near Bideford and you’ll find Devon’s highest and fastest rollercoaster. There’s also combat games for thrill seekers and a farm safari, pedals and a train ride for visitors who like to take things at a slower pace. Plus you can meet animals, see a show in the school holidays, dive into the indoor play area, and watch the fun sheep races.
For more mature visitors there’s a micro brewery, gin distillery and festivals throughout the year. Take a look at The Big Sheep website to find out about its special events throughout the year.
Great for tots to teens | Open all year round (check website for times outside Devon school holidays and ride/activity availability) | The Big Sheep
This theme park in North Devon has fairground rides and adventure play areas in the grounds of a Victorian castle. Inside there’s dungeons, a musical water fountain display and nostalgic collections of toys and period treasures.
Great for toddlers and pre-teens | Open from the end March to end October | Watermouth Castle
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If your kids love diggers and tractors they will be in their element during a visit to Diggerland near Cullompton. Drive JCBs, go karts and mini Land Rovers, ride on vehicle themed rides and scramble around the indoor play area.
Great for tots to pre-teens | Open February to November (check website for days and times) | Diggerland, Devon
For more fun days out in Devon see our 101 things to do in Devon with kids.
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