Sooty Land coming to Crealy Theme Park & Resort

Award-winning Devon theme park Crealy Theme Park & Resort has partnered with the world’s longest-running children’s television programme, The Sooty Show, to devise plans for a magical new world at the theme park devoted entirely to the nation’s favourite yellow magic bear, Sooty.

Building work has now started and the attraction is set to open to the public on Saturday 28 May, 2022.

Having been voted as the best day out in Devon for 10 years running, Crealy’s new Sooty Land is set to offer even more fun for the family in 2022. With substantial investment being made in this new area of the park, the plans include:

  • Live daily theatre performances of ‘The Sooty Show’ in the new ‘Sooty Show Time’ outdoor theatre.
  • 4 new rides at the ‘Seaside Themed’ Sooty Land: ‘Sooty’s Magic Bus’, ‘Sweep’s Flying Circus’, ‘Soo’s Sweet Balloon Ride’ & ‘Izzy Wizzy Let’s Get Dizzy’
  • 10 new indoor attractions inside the new ‘Pier’ building: The southwest’s first Interactive Strike Arena, digi-wall ball games, seaside mirror maze, electronic climbing wall, spider climb duo slides, dance tuition studio, giant games room, giant buzz wires, Soo’s music house, Sooty’s TV studio
  • Sooty’s Hall of Fame Exhibition: Memorabilia and props from the past 70 years of The Sooty Show
  • Sooty’s Magic & Souvenir Shop
  • Sooty’s Diner, Sweep’s Hot Dogs, Soo’s Tea Room
  • Outdoor Play Park & Wheelchair Accessible Attractions

Josh Haywood, General Manager at Crealy Theme Park & Resort, says: “Crealy Theme Park & Resort has long prided itself on being a family attraction that caters for all generations. Sooty, Sweep & Soo have been entertaining children, parents and grandparents across the country for over 70 years, and so we couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with the gang on our new Sooty Land. We can’t wait to open it to the public in May.”

“This really is such an exciting new chapter for Sooty,” adds Richard Cadell, presenter & owner of The Sooty Show. “As I live close to Exeter myself, I’ve always admired everything they do at Crealy, so to be opening up Sooty Land in partnership with the team there is a real honour. Live daily theatre performances, Sweep selling hot dogs, amazing rides and Sooty’s very own magic shop – there’s going to be so much fun to be had for families and fans of Sooty across the country visiting Devon in 2022.”



A birthday party with Richard Cadell and tickets for Lions vs Japan among prizes in The Light Fund’s silent auction

The Light Fund is looking to bring a little Christmas cheer to the end of a tough year with the launch of a silent auction and prize draw, offering entrants the chance to win ‘some incredible money can’t buy prizes.’

With industry events and get-togethers put on hold throughout 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Light Fund has missed vital opportunities to raise funds for the causes it supports this year. The silent auction is the organisation’s bid to recoup some of those with the help of the industry.

There’s a spectacular array of prizes and auction lots, including the chance to have Sooty and Richard Cadell host a birthday party for a lucky child and five friends, or for author Jonny Duddle to Zoom into a classroom to host a Gigantosaurus live drawing and reading event.

Meanwhile, as and when real life events return, there are some great lots available including a week’s holiday in Cornwall,  a trip for two people to the MTV European music awards (including the after show party), and a pair of  tickets to watch the Lions VS Japan at Murrayfield.

You can view the prizes and auction lots, make your bids, and buy tickets over on the website –

The Light Fund raffle is now also selling tickets – £10 each – for the chance to win more prizes, including a £500 online shopping voucher with The Entertainer/Early Learning Centre, or a £500 voucher for Selfridges.

Within three days of launching, the total donations were already up to £4,000, but with the support of the industry and its family and friends, the organisation is looking to raise a lot more.

Bids for the auction will close on 17th December, 2020, and the raffle will also be drawn on the same day.

Anyone who has items they would like to donate as prizes should please contact Anne Bradford / 07788 585343. New lots and prizes would be very welcome and there is still plenty of time to add them.