My favourite thing about Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World is that there is something for everyone. My kids range from almost 4 to 18 with an eleven year old in the middle, so many attractions fail to appeal to them all. But the very biggest rides here are good enough for my bigger two to enjoy, yet there is plenty aimed at the smallest member of the group too.
You can potter in one of the many play areas for younger children, while the bigger kids can ride The Cobra – Paulton’s biggest coaster. There is the Astroglide, a giant slide, where you tuck your feet into a sack/mat and whizz down hill at top speed- no mechanics in sight, yet in my opinion as thrilling as many a more complicated rollercoaster.
You can take a stroll through The Land of the Dinosaurs. Syd loved spotting the next dino, and roared enthusiastically along with the sound effects. After a potter around admiring some of the tropical birds, we found a shady spot under a tree for a picnic. I love that the park is plenty big enough to find a bit of peace when it all gets overwhelming!
Of course the highlight for small people is Peppa Pig World. This is a mini theme park, within a theme park. I have to say it is absolutely gorgeous. I love the feeling of suspended reality, everything is colourful and looks exactly as it does in the cartoons, and the Peppa Pig music is piped cheerfully throughout. It is a bit surreal, in a good way. Plastic trees and flowers sprout from cartoon rounded hillocks, and bright yellow mechanical ducks circle a turquoise pond, joined by a somewhat bemused real duck at one point.
There is a great selection of rides suitable for younger children, and an amazing indoor play area – Georges Spaceship playzone. You can splash about in the Muddy Puddles play area, and see the real Peppa and George at a meet and greet. The play park is beautifully designed, with rainbow walkways, colourful trains and giant ladybirds, and the equipment is perfectly proportioned for younger ones. It really is a fantastic part of the park for littlies, we will be heading back this Summer for sure!
And if you have bigger kids who are too cool for Peppa Pig World, they can take themselves off for a ride on the adjacent Wave Runner – as you can see – my two loved it!
On a hot day head for the Water Kingdom – on our last visit we had an awesome time romping about in jets of cooling water. SO much fun! After a tentative start Max ended up soaked to the skin and happily whooping his delight as gallons of water thundered down on him, whereas Syd and I were more content getting our toes wet and running away from the big sprays!
We are lucky to live just over an hours drive from the park, but if you are travelling from further afield you could always treat yourselves to a hotel stay – try the Holiday Inn in nearby Southampton – littlies stay and eat free, and they offer a package deal including entry into the park. There is more than enough to do at Paultons Park to visit two days running – and if that sounds too much for you, why not check out other local attractions such as Marwell Zoo.