Ever since the children were small they have been obsessed with Peppa Pig. It was an obsession I assumed would die out with age and yet now, at 4, 5 and 6, they still get just as excited to watch Peppa and friends, and still think that laughing at Daddy Pig’s big fat tummy is the funniest thing on earth. For that reason I knew that, when we were visiting the local area last week, they would be over the moon to visit Peppa Pig World…..and they were!!
Peppa Pig World is part of Paulton’s Park, the UK’s number one family theme park, with over 70 rides and attractions to enjoy. Based in Hampshire, the settings are stunning with 140 acres of parkland right on the edge of the New Forest National Park. With the entry fee including Paulton’s Park and Peppa Pig World, we literally couldn’t wait to start exploring!
With it being the Summer holidays we were prepared for the park to be busy although, having nothing to compare it to, I didn’t feel it was overly crowded. Our first ride was Peppa’s Balloon Ride and we did have to queue for around 30 minutes. Alone with all three children, I entertained them the best I could in the queue but I have to admit, when we got on the ride I was relieved the wait was over!
The children adored the Balloon ride, especially Megan who declared that we were almost as high as Joseph, and as always my heart could have burst at her little face looking up to Heaven.
Having seen Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter ride from the balloons, the children were desperate to join the queue for our next ride. I had heard from others that the helicopter queue tended to be slow moving due to every carriage having to be filled individually before the ride can start. My advice would be to head straight for the helicopter ride first thing on entering the park or last thing before leaving when it tends to die down.
Once on the ride the children were beyond excited, and I think seeing those happy smiles is always a reminder that however long you spend queuing, it will always be worth it!
The lovely thing about Peppa Pig World is that everywhere you look there are Peppa Pig characters and beautiful flower displays and shrubbery. It does feel as though you have stepped into the television set!
My favourite ride was Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club, new for 2018. I love this kind of ride where you sit in a little boat and drift along, looking at all of the displays set up during the ride.
Harry was desperate to be “The Captain” and spent the whole time pointing out the different characters and smiling and waving at them all.
The displays are fantastic, and you can see a lot of time and effort has gone into making them just right. It’s such a lovely ride and one that everyone of all ages can enjoy.
Disorganised as ever, we hadn’t brought a picnic lunch and so we bought lunch in one of the many eateries on the park. I was really impressed with the children’s lunch boxes and how, for less than a fiver, the children received a choice of sandwich, a biscuit, a sausage roll, a packet of crisps, a piece of fruit and a carton of juice. When visiting other theme parks we have always spent a fortune on food and drinks, so it was a refreshing change!
After lunch we went on the children’s favourite ride – George’s Dinosaur Adventure where you sit on a dinosaur and go around the track. Children over 1.1m must ride alone and children under 1.1m, but taller than 85cm, must ride with an adult.
We were very excited to discover Peppa Pig’s house where you can queue to go inside and take a photo. It’s only very small but the children loved it and couldn’t stop talking about how they had been in Peppa Pig’s actual house!
There is also a splash zone at Peppa Pig World which looked great although the weather wasn’t overly warm and only a few children were brave enough to go in the water! I imagine it is very popular on a hot sunny day – mine would have loved to play in it.
Our final ride at Peppa Pig World was Windy Castle Tower and although the queue didn’t look overly big, it was the longest queue time of our day – 50 minutes!
It’s quite hard to entertain three children, by yourself, for that length of time and yet by some miracle all three of them kept smiling and by the time our turn came around I really hoped it was worth the wait!
The ride was fantastic, going high enough to get a view of the entire park whilst spinning around. I think that Harry’s face speaks volumes and I would queue for it all over again for that!
Around 3pm we finally left Peppa Pig World to explore the rest of Paulton’s Park….and that’s when I realised our mistake. We had spent five hours in Peppa Pig World oblivious to the fact that Paulton’s Park had some amazing rides, all of which had queues of just a couple of minutes.
Paulton’s Park has some of our favourite rides from pirate ships to carousels.
The splash park at Paulton’s Park is also much bigger than the one at Peppa Pig World, and there was barely anyone in there. If visiting on a sunny day I would recommend trying both splash parks if one is very busy.
Also at Paulton’s Park is Lost Kingdom, a special zone dedicated to dinosaurs – Harry’s favourite thing in all the world.
With dinosaur models and dinosaur themed rides, Lost Kingdom is perfect for Dino-mad kids. Eva and Harry loved looking at the model dinosaurs where as Megan, scared of her own shadow, clung to me in panic!
The great thing about Paulton’s Park is that there is a swap in system, so should you visit with more than one child and are unable to take them on together, the staff members will stand with your child until you finish your turn and then switch in the next child to save you having to queue again. I thought that was a fantastic idea, especially for someone like me visiting with three children and no other adult.
With closing time approaching we managed a quick walk through a couple of the gardens before heading to the gates. As much as we loved Peppa Pig World, I have to say that should we return to Paulton’s Park we would escape some of the queues at Peppa Pig world and spend a little more time at Paulton’s Park.
That said, we absolutely loved our day out there and the children really did adore each and everyone of the rides and seeing all of their favourite Peppa Pig characters. For Peppa Pig fans – it really is amazing!
Our final stop was The Big Toy Shop at the exit where, as you can imagine, the children were in their element. The toy shop is fantastic but my top tip would be to steer them clear unless you want to spend a fortune on toys just to prevent the melt down of the year. And yes, I was somehow fooled into exactly that…
Paulton’s Park entry fee is £133 for a family of four with children under 1 metre free to enter. You can save up to £25 by pre-booking on line, and find out more about Peppa Pig World and Paulton’s Park here.
** We were gifted tickets to Paultons Park for the purpose of our review. All words and opinions are our own **