Primary Times Reader Star Award Winners Devon

The 2016 results...

THIS year there have been record levels of you, our Primary Times readers, voting in the Primary Times Reader Star Awards, for your favourite local family friendly places and people in Devon.

The results from all the completed surveys, that appeared in the Back to School issue of the magazine and on the Primary Times website, exhibit an honest reflection of where you prefer to spend your free time, providing a useful glimpse into what’s universally popular with local families.

Now, it’s time to reveal the names of the lucky winners!



Overall Winner 

Crealy Great Adventure Park

Runners Up: The Milky Way, The Bear Trail

Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Chris Down, Managing Director of Crealy Adventure Park and Resort said: "We are delighted to have won the Primary Times Devon Overall Winner award and the Family Attraction of the Year in Devon award for the 6th year running.

As we continually strive to improve our guest experience, the results of these two Primary Times Star Awards means a great deal to all the team at the Park and is a real recognition of their hard work and commitment.

Winning these awards is a great achievement and we would like to thank all the Primary Times readers who voted for us. 2016 has been a fantastic year in the Park, along with the addition of luxury lodges to our accommodation offering at Crealy Meadows.

With Santa dropping in next month and exciting new attractions coming to the Park in 2017, we look forward to welcoming both new and returning guests to Crealy Adventure Park and Resort.”



Another Crealy win:

Family Attraction 

Crealy Great Adventure Park

Runners Up: The Milky Way; The Bear Trail



Best Event 

BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend at Powderham Castle

Runners Up: Plymouth Fireworks, Party 200 in Tiverton

Powderham Castle: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award and look forward to an exciting 2017 with even more activities and events for the family.”




Family Friendly Place to Eat 

The Pier House, Westward Ho!

Runners Up: The Pizza Café, Newton Abbot; Cat and Fiddle, Exeter

The Pier House, Westward Ho!: “We are delighted to have received this award. It demonstrates that your readers value the service given by the whole team. Thank you for your custom.”





Indoor Play/Activity Centre 

Sam's Funhouse

Runners Up: Ocean, Exmouth; Funderzone, Barnstaple

Sam’s Funhouse: “All of us at Sam’s Funhouse are so happy and overjoyed to win yet another award with the Primary Times.  Thank you to all our customers who voted for us yet again.  We couldn't be happier and look forward to seeing you all soon.”




Outdoor Play Winner 

The Bear Trail

Runners Up: Woodlands; Bicton Park

The Bear Trail: “Everyone at the Bear Trail is honoured to receive this award. Thank you for all the support.  See you in the winter!”






Stately Home Winner 


Runners Up: Powderham Castle, Arlington Court

Killerton: “Thank you for this award and for recognising the hard work of staff and our amazing volunteers who work so hard to keep Killerton special. We would like to thank all the readers for visiting, supporting and voting for us and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.”




Party Venue 

Bear Feet

Runners Up: Go Kart Parties, Dan the Hat 

Bear Feet: “Newton the Bear is delighted to have won a Primary Times Reader Star Award for the 5th time. It really means a lot to win such a prestigious award. Thank you all for voting for us.”





Craft Activity 

China Blue

Runners Up: Paint a Pot Braunton; Honiton Pottery

China Blue: “We would like to thank our crafty customers for voting. It means so much to the whole team, who are passionate about bringing the artist out in everyone.”




Sports Venue 

Air Extreme Barnstaple

Runners Up: Clip and Climb, Exeter; Riverside Leisure Centre, Exeter




This year, the hotly contested family attraction category has been awarded, unanimously, to Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park. This attraction continues to raise its already high standards and adapts its practices to accommodate the needs of the discerning visitor. Readers are impressed with the extensive range of rides and facilities, variety of children’s activities and overall appearance of this enormously popular attraction.

The stunning coastal setting helped the Pier House restaurant in Westward Ho! to secure the winning place in the Family Friendly Eating Place category; whilst the muddy adventures found at the Bear Trail ensured that this new Cullompton based attraction scored the most votes in the Outdoor Play category.

As for Indoor Play, Sam’s Funhouse in Exmouth scooped the highest number of nominations; whilst Air Extreme in Barnstaple bounced to the top of the Sports Venue category.

The Totnes based China Blue won the highest proportion of votes in the Craft Activity Provider category; and the popular party packages offered at Bear Feet enabled it to reach the top spot in the Children’s Party venue category.

The natural landscape, the picturesque surroundings and various family events contributed to the National Trust’s Killerton gaining the most votes in the Stately Home and Historical Attraction group.

Primary Times’ readers certainly seem to attend many seasonal activities and it was interesting to read the broad spectrum of answers to the favourite event question. The big names and fantastic live music ensured that BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend at Powderham Castle was chosen as the readers’ favourite event of the year.

Devon’s Crealy Adventure Park was chosen as the Primary Times Reader Star Award Overall Winner in Devon. This attraction continues to raise its already high standards and adapts its practices to accommodate the needs of the discerning visitor. Further illustrating its ability to diversify and offer variety, Crealy also scored highly across a number of individual categories.




 Linda Edwards, Publishing Editor at Primary Times said:

“Each year we are getting more and more readers completing the survey which is fantastic news! In particular we’d like to say a big thank you to all the readers who took the time to fill out the survey. The individual winners of each category all deserve a round of applause as they are clearly offering something that our readers want. We’d also like to congratulate Devon’s Crealy Adventure Park on being the overall winner once again and admire their efforts in making their attraction so popular with local families.”




Prize Winners:

First Prize: A weekend break at Woolacombe Sands Holiday Park - Caroline Page-Brown   

Second Prize: £250 voucher to spend at Princesshay, Exeter - Trish Clague

Third Prize: A party donated by Go-Kart Party - Emma-Marie Lakin   


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