Last week we were lucky enough to spend a day at Paulton’s Park, home of Peppa Pig World. LP isn’t a huge Peppa Pig fan but knows who Peppa is and points out Peppa on billboards and TV, easily recognising the happy little pig!
Paulton’s Park isn’t too far from us, less than an hour away and the journey was lovely. The car parking system at Paulton’s Park is organised and well planned out – We arrived just after the doors opened at 10:30 am, parked easily and didn’t have far to walk to the entrance.
As soon as you walk through the main doors you are greeted with the huge Wild Woods Restaurant and the Big Toy Shop, both of which we decided to visit later.
We headed straight to Peppa Pig World and on the way we had a quick ride on the Carousel and Viking Boats which LP loved and Little Man didn’t have a clue what was going on!
After that we made it into Peppa Pig World and it’s obvious that all the visitors had gone there straight away – The previous rides hadn’t had a queue but the first Peppa Ride we went on, Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight, had a queue of about 20mins. Not huge but long enough with a toddler and baby – The Paulton’s Park train did go past when we were waiting which was nice to look at.
LP loved the helicopter ride as she has a thing about helicopters although she wasn’t keen on sitting on her own seat and not being able to reach the handle at the front. Little Man sat happily on his seat surprisingly!
We then went on Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride which had a queue of about 15mins but was set out so that there was more to look at from the queue. We all enjoyed the balloon ride and loved the great view it gave you across the park.
By this point Little Man was getting tired and we hoped he’d nap in the pushchair whilst we looked for somewhere to have lunch. Unfortunately The Railroad Diner that we’d hoped to have lunch was closed so we walked back to the start and went to Wild Woods Restaurant. This isn’t the cheapest of restaurants but the prices are definitely in line with other tourist attractions and the food was great – Hubby had a Toasted Foccacia and chips and I had a Club Sandwich and chips. LP had fish fingers, chips and beans although there are less ‘junk food’ type options on the menu we knew LP would love her chip treat for lunch! I was impressed that the restaurant was so clean with a lot of high chairs available and a microwave to warm baby bottles/food.
After lunch we wandered back to Peppa Pig World and on the way we found something that I didn’t realise Paulton’s Park had – Animals! There aren’t a huge amount but as I wasn’t expecting them they were a great addition – Penguins, Meerkats and a lot of different types of birds. There were also Giant Tortoises but their enclosure was getting cleaned or renovated and so we couldn’t see them.
Whilst looking at the animals we walked past George’s Dinosaur Adventure and I took LP on it whilst Hubby tried to get Little Man to sleep. This was one of the longer queues at around 20mins but LP was so excited about going on the dinosaur that she happily waited. The ride was great, with LP and I both sitting on a dinosaur and she really enjoyed it. You do get your photo taken on this ride, and others, although we forgot to even go and look at the photo let alone buy one!
We then walked through more of Peppa Pig World and LP had a play in Mr Potato’s Playground for a very long time – She climbed everything, explored everywhere, went down so many slides and sat on a roundabout. This is one of the best playgrounds I’ve ever come across and the whole thing has artificial grass and rainbows underfoot. It’s lovely to look at and the children really enjoy playing in it. Mr Potato’s Playground also leads to Muddy Puddles which is a wet play splash area. By this point LP was getting tired and it was quite busy so we decided not to venture in and instead LP took us into George’s Spaceship Play Zone.
George’s Spaceship Play Zone is a really big, clean soft play area with different zones for different age or ability children. The smallest section Little Man played in with soft mats, soft shapes and musical instruments. LP went into the next section which had slides and a climbing section and she was even brave and went into the main soft play area and down the HUGE slide. She’s normally quite reserved at soft play and adventure playgrounds but Peppa Pig World seemed to bring out her adventuring streak!
By this point we had two exhausted babies and we knew we should be heading home soon but I wanted to at least have a look through the rest of Paulton’s Park so we went off in search of an ice cream to give us an excuse to walk around the park before heading home. On our walk we saw the Tea Cup Ride with no queue and jumped on for a spin around. LP loved it and Little Man sat happily whilst the ride spun round and the tea cup spun as well. A nice simple ride!
I was slightly disappointed that a lot of the food huts were closed, I’m guessing because it was a term time weekday, so we had to walk quite far in the end for an ice cream – The Peppa Pig Ice Cream Parlour had been very busy too! We found a hut with ice cream next to the Water Kingdom and sat and watched the children splashing whilst we ate our ice creams.
Overall, Paulton’s Park was a lovely day out but there is so much to do that it would take a few visits to do everything. I was impressed by the overall cleanliness of the park, the fact that most of the toilets had children’s seats incorporated into the toilet seats and there was so much included for the ticket price – Rides for so many different ages, adventure playgrounds everywhere, soft play, a 4D cinema, water play areas, animals and even lovely landscaped gardens and parks.
Some things to remember if going to Paulton’s Park – Take swimming costumes and towels for the kids, the water parks are great but they will get soaked! Also pack socks for the soft play and check your child’s height before you go, children under 1m go free. Also, most family rides are not suitable for babies under 12months so that’s something to bare in mind. Also, when queueing for rides you can’t have your pushchair with you and these are
dumped left in any available spot before entering the queue. This is one thing that could probably be organised better and some people may not want to leave their pushchair unattended for 15-20mins or more to queue for a ride but it didn’t bother us.
Paulton’s Park is something that LP will be talking about for a long time and we will definitely be visiting again soon. We could have easily spent all day in Peppa Pig World and she would have happily spent the whole day in the soft play and adventure playground!
Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets to Paulton’s Park thanks to Paulton’s Breaks however all opinions are my own.