At the weekend our family were chatting about where we would like to visit this year in the UK. What is on our wish list and what can we make a reality? There were all sorts of ideas - Alton Towers, Dover Castle, a Cornish beach, Centre Parcs and Peppa Pig World were just a few.
I have to say I was a little surprised to hear Miss E say Peppa Pig World as my girls are now nearly 8 and JJ is 11 and I'd of guessed too old. When we chatted a bit more about it, Miss E talked about all the wonderful memories she has of visiting there each year since she was a toddler. I soon realised that at their age it is not actually Peppa Pig World that holds the appeal but Paultons Park itself and all the rides for the older kids.
Paultons Park really is a lovely day out and it is so easy to access from the M3 or M27. The traditional park offers beautiful parkland, loads of birds, a variety of playparks and sandpits, junior roller coasters, water boat rides, trampolines, log flume, carousel, chair-o-plane and quite a number of thrill rides for the older kids like JJ.
I also see that since we last went there, there is now a 8500ft water park and splashlands, it looks amazing. I think even early teenagers would still enjoy Paultons Park and it feels so enclosed and safe that I would let JJ go off with a friend for timed periods. Personally I love the fact it is so green and you can picnic with the birds and ignore the hustle and bustle of the theme park for a while.
Paultons Park has an abundance of parking, beautiful clean toilets/baby change (and lots of them), really good shops, fairly priced food and ice cream outlets and you can hire strollers for a reasonable charge. It does feel less commercial than some of the bigger parks and has a family feel with staff appearing to really enjoy working there.
When I quizzed Miss E further about Peppa Pig World she did in fact want to go back there and now I think about it the first time we visited was in 2011 when it opened and JJ would have been 7 years old, just the same as the girls are now and I recall he loved it. In someways it is nice to do things to remind the children to stay young, they grow up too fast nowadays.
Peppa Pig World is themed so well, it is bright, clean and really appealing. There are seven rides, a wonderful indoor soft play area, an outdoor park and a small splash area - muddy puddles. It is definitely the busier part of Paultons Park but if you have small ones and can visit on a school day you will have loads of time, space and it won't even cost for the kids if they are less than 1 metre tall.
You can see here what fun the kids have had visiting in the past -
You can read my full reviews of Peppa Pig World and Paultons Park by clicking the links.
There is so much to do at Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World that I'd happily recommend you vist over two days and gain a discount for buying two day passes together (must be used within 3 days of each other). Even better if you book a short break you can gain one days free entry to the park and there are lots of really good hotels nearby. There are a couple of Holiday Inn Express; if you want a hotel located really close but why not splash out a little and enjoy the luxury of the Holiday Inn in Southampton centre, you'll enjoy a pool, fitness centre and rooms with two double beds and of course the kids will enjoy the Cartoon Network on the in-room TV too!
Have you visited Peppa Pig World and Paultons Park before? What did you think?
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