Paignton has always been a favourite with holidaying families, but the arrival of the new Geoplay Park on the seafront has made it even harder for parents to coax their children back into the car for the journey home. The park was finished in 2012 and was built to reflect the geological history of the English Riviera.
It can be tricky when you have children of different age groups trying to enjoy the same rides, and one of the best things about this park is that it’s been divided into separate areas for toddlers, juniors and teens. The park is so close to the sea that it may be a push choosing between fun on the sands and the many rides just behind the beach, but the park even includes a water channel and sand play areas so they can have the best of both worlds.
The toddler area has a trampoline, a seesaw, a climbing hut and spinner bowls – and as it represents the Devonian Period parents can even swing their children above a wetpour sea. The junior area’s climbing nets are shaped like mountains, a testament to the collision of two major continents back in the Caroniferous Period. Have you been to Kents Cavern yet? The teen zone was inspired by the prehistoric attraction in nearby Torquay, and the area includes zip wires, climbing trees, stilts and more challenging things to tackle.
There’s a picnic site at the Geoplay Park too, so if you pack up your lunch before heading over you’ll be able to soak up Torbay’s microclimate while the children run riot nearby.
Tel: 01803 208831