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“best park yet”
Review of Paignton Geopark

Paignton Geopark
Ranked #3 of 35 things to do in Paignton
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

we loved it here had more things to do than park at home they have really thought about the childrens needsl

Thank Kelly S
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

The 'Geopark' is a grandiose name for a beach-side toddlers play area, with climbing things and the like. It's actually quite nice, but the problem is the rest of the place that surrounds it. As you arrive in Paignton, there is an enormous , massively-high, massively-ugly concrete eyesore that blocks the sea view from all the old seaside hotels - goodness knows how that got planning permission but apparently it has been there for decades. They should pull the whole thing down. It's actually a cinema with a beach restaurant built in, but it completely ruins the views and ambience of the whole seafront, horrible horrible horrible. Then next to the Geopark, you have a large, very noisy funfair. The reason this is a problem is because of the stench of all the diesel generators, which drifts across the Geopark and down onto the beach area creating a thoroughly unpleasant environment. You may as well do cartwheels on the central reservation of the motorway, you'd get about the same health benefits. Paignton seafront by the Geopark is pubs, amusements, pubs, amusements, chippies, pubs, amusements, you get the idea. The Goepark serves its purpose well - if most adults are in the pubs, the teenagers are in the amusements or funfair, then young kids and mums can at least take some sort of refuge from all that at the Geopark area. As said the Geopark is next to the beach, however It was a hottish day when we visited, but virtually nobody was on the beach. That was really weird. What do they know that I didn't ? The red sands of the beach are a novelty but it's not good sandcastle sand, it's more like rough/sharp building sand, it doesn't 'stick' into castles. In addition, the seafront concrete promenade looks old, crumbling and tatty, and as said the fumes from the funfair generators combine to make this a thoroughly unpleasant seaside experience. I hated the place and so did the kids; thank god we weren't staying in Paignton. The one saving grace is that they've poshed up the main shopping road which is pedestrianized and has a very pretty double-line of trees, but it's mainly the same old high-street uk stores. In summary if you have young kids, the Geopark as an attraction is not worth going out of your way for; if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in Paignton anyway, then it's a nice free refuge to sit with a takeaway coffee. There's not much if any shelter there though if it starts to rain. Oh one more thing, there is a donkey-ride a stone's throw from the Geopark, good for young kids and which seemed a reasonable price until you realize the kids get only about 2 minutes ride on the donkey! Still, the beasts looked well-looked-after, which is more than I can say for this particular British seafront. Paignton town council and planners, pull your finger out !

1  Thank guitardog
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

A great addition to the beach, and clearly a real draw of tourism to the area. Features for children of all ages, and all very clean and well maintained since they were installed.

Thank Martin J
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

What to say? Top quality and imaginative attractions. Little ones (and not so little) love it and there are plenty of places nearby to grab a snack/drink and relax watching the children play. Recommended.

Thank joan g
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is the best thing to happen on Paignton seafront for a long time. It is always packed with children at any time of the year - all having a really good time.

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