All-Weather Fun in Devon – The Milky Way Adventure Park
Hey there and welcome to me and b. We just got back from a wonderful weekend in Cornwall. We stayed at Widemouth Bay Caravan Park, one of the John Fowler sites. And it was fab! Today we’re sharing with you our review of The Milky Way Adventure Park in Devon. We visited the park back in October a few years ago and had a fantastic time. And second time around, it didn’t disappoint!
What is the Milky Way Adventure Park?
The Milky Way Adventure Park is essentially a huge family attraction on the North coast of Devon. It’s home to roller coasters, rides, soft play areas, shows and various activities such as archery and pottery painting. Located not far from Bideford, Bude and Barnstaple, it’s a great all-weather attraction. As we know, the British weather can be somewhat unpredictable even in the summer months.
The park boasts over 110,00 sq ft of indoor activities and fun, as well as plenty of things to do outside too. Randomly, both times we’ve visited, the weather has been awful. We’ve still had great days out though as there really is so much to do inside. A lot of places say they are “all-weather” but in reality they’re not. At The Milky Way, there really is loads inside to keep the whole family entertained all day.
There’s absolutely loads to do at The Milky Way. You are literally spoiled for choice! Here’s a few things we got up to during our day.
Fun for everyone – well maybe not Lew. He is only four months! But B absolutely loves the dodgems and must have gone on these a good few times. Mr D and I were saying how they reminded us of being back in the 90s at the local fairground!
Ziggy’s Blast Quest
This ride is brand new for 2019 and we had to have a go! You basically sit on a scooter-type vehicle which moves around outer space. If riding with a child, they sit in front and you behind. You both have little laser guns which you aim at targets throughout the ride. A digital scoreboard keeps track of your score. My husband wasn’t competitive at all!
This ride was awesome and between going on with me and Daddy, B must have been on six or so times. He really loved this and so did I. Lots of fun and an absolute must.
I think I made the same comment I made last time we were here – “I bet this guy’s partner was super pleased to have the Milky Way take all this stuff off his hands!” There are so many life-sized figures and models. Just loads.
If you are a Star Wars fan then this is for you. B loved looking at the exhibition so much that we had to go around again before we left for the day.
The Milky Way offers a few options for soft play. Inside the main building, there is a central walkway. To the side this is where you’ll find all the soft play areas for younger children. So under five years old. I took Lewis into the balloon area and I’m not sure what he thought! B took this photo of us together.
I remember last time we were here, B was only three and he really enjoyed the sand pit and tractors.
Next, there is a huge soft play area in the main building. It really is massive with all the usual things you’d expect to find at soft play. There’s then a second soft play located to the side of the main Milky Way building called Little Stars. Your ticket allows entry to this soft play too and there is a cafe onsite if you’re hungry.
Ride the Rails
If you’re kids are anything like mine, they can’t resist a train ride!
This was Lew’s first ride on the train and yeah, he doesn’t look too impressed! It was tipping it down with rain but the train is completely covered meaning you can enjoy a ride whatever the weather.
If you’re lucky with the weather then there are loads of things to do outside. From bouncy pillows to the new gravity rider – a 30ft tall, two lane donut slide! This looked AWESOME. But yeah it was tipping it down so we didn’t go on it. Also outside you have mini golf and maze to get lost in.
There is also a Bird of Prey centre to go and explore. Be sure to check out at least one of the birds of prey shows as they really are great. B absolutely loved it and commented he wanted to be a falconer.
Roller Coaster Fun
Outside there are two roller coasters – the Cosmic Typhoon and the Cosmic Caterpillar. One for little kids and one for big kids. Daddy rode with B on the smaller one on our last visit. This time the weather was so wet that we didn’t venture outside.
Paid for Activities
The entrance fee covers you for all the rides I’ve mentioned above. And you can go on them as many times as you want. There are no restrictions other than height. There are a few activities which are optional and paid for. These include the archery, laser gun shooting and pottery painting.
B wanted to do some shooting and archery. The archery will set you back £2 for 6 arrows, or £3 for 12. Here are a few photos of B having a go. He hit the centre twice!
One thing that sets the Milky Way apart from other attractions is the range of live shows on offer. And again, all included in the entrance fee. Be sure to check out the shows which are located in the main building.
The bird of prey show is brilliant. The birds are super fast and swoop right over your head. I actually felt the wing lightly brush my hair. I think last time we were sat further back. Definitely sit right at the front for all the action.
There are also science and magic shows to keep little ones entertained. Although aimed at under-fives, B really enjoyed the Cosmic show on the little stage by the younger play areas.
Food and Drink
When it comes to food and drink you have a number of options at The Milky Way. If you’re organised, you could pack a picnic. There are literally loads of places to park up to eat, inside and out.
If you’re less organised, there are a few cafe options. The Starlight Restaurant in the main building offers everything from sandwiches and jackets, to pizza and paninis. The Cosmic Cafe is situated inside the Little Stars soft play. If you want fast food, the Galactic Cafe above the main adventure play area has loads of options.
Have you been to The Milky Way in North Devon? We had a great day even though the weather was rubbish! Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below or pin this post for your next trip to Devon, and join us over on social for more travel tips and fun: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!
Disclaimer: We were given complimentary tickets to The Milky Way. Our thoughts and opinions are honest and our own.