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Laura Loves…Paultons Park

Lost Kingdom - Paultons Park

Paultons Park, located in Hampshire, has to be one of my absolute favourite family theme parks in the UK.

We have previously visited a couple of times and it’s definitely one park that brings reason to visit again and again.

Firstly, I am more than happy to visit as the longer drive to the south coast gives me an excuse to stay over in what is for me, one of the most beautiful parts of the country – the stunning New Forest with it’s free roaming wild animals and gorgeous landscape that begs for exploration.

Secondly, at some stage all three of my children have been absolutely drawn into the phenomenon that is Peppa Pig.

And if you’re wondering what Peppa has to do with it, well let me tell you - this is ever so relevant as Paultons Park is home to Peppa Pig World.

Marley, just turned two, has loved the cheeky pink pig and her lovable family for a while now, so we felt it a great time to visit the land of Peppa with all the favourites bought to life.  

 

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Walking in to Peppa Pig World is like being transported in to your TV.

There’s a range of fun rides perfect for pre-school age (actually any age!) from our favourite - the rocking George’s Dinosaur Adventure to Peppa’s Big Balloon sky high ride and I have to give mention to Daddy Pig’s Car Ride that showcases the colourful world of Peppa.

Designed perfectly, it’s not just the rides but the grassy banks, Peppa’s house, the campervan – everything you come to recognise from the show is on hand to marvel at and transport you to the land of Peppa.

Breaking up the rides, and some of the lengthier queues, there’s a huge indoor soft play area for the kids to run wild, slide down chutes and climb high having lots of fun.

Regular meet and greets are also on hand to capture a fun memento of the day.

And if you want to take home a piece of the action, yes, the world’s only dedicated Peppa Pig shop is right here, and it isn’t just the kids that can get sorted with new togs!

Excitingly, Peppa Pig World is opening two brand new rides next week (16th May) - The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride and Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club – so if you have visited previously, there’s now another reason to return.

Peppa Pig World is undoubtedly the go-to for families with little ones at Paultons.

However ,we actually quite drawn to some of the other areas of the park equally as much, especially as our experience has grown with our children over the years.

Two years ago Paultons opened the Lost Kingdom, a dinosaur land full of prehistoric wonders.

Intricately designed, this is where my 5 and 6 year old absolutely love.

It pushes the limits of roller coasters and thrilling rides for children that are too young and too small for the real adult thrill-busters.

Two of our family faves are Flight of the Pterosaur, a soar-through-the-sky exhilarating ride, while Velociraptor is all about speed with fast bends and turns.

The smiles on the kids’ faces say it all and they absolutely beam.

It’s not all about the scary and wild rides though, the ALIVE!

Dinosaur Encounter is great fun and sets young minds flourishing with animatronic lifelike dinosaurs bringing amaze and intrigue.

If you don’t mind parent swapping, we snuck in a few visits to the larger adult rides which are great fun.

As they’re less popular with families the queues are much shorter, and the free small ride ons (the types you find in shopping centres) are dotted across the park so great to occupy the little ones while they wait.

If rides aren’t your thing, there’s a selection of wildlife with Penguin Feeding shows and Little Africa, home to native African small animals including a cute group of meerkats, that invites visitors to discover more about this great continent and its inhabitants.

Don’t forget your swimsuits, the best way for the kids to beat the summer heat is to have a play and cool off in the expansive splash pad.

Guaranteed giggles galore are a fun way to break up the day.

Time didn’t allow for us to do everything unfortunately, there’s just too much to see and do in one day.

Beautifully tended gardens, numerous playgrounds, a 4D cinema and bouncy castles are fab add ons should time allow you to pace your day.

Paultons Park features an ideal combination of rides, activity and fun for our young family.

I’m sure when we have teenagers they’ll be after a park with more thrills, but for the time being it has to be the perfect set up with plenty to keep toddlers and older children so happy and excited.

For further information about Paultons Park, including opening times and to book tickets online in advance, visit www.paultonspark.co.uk.

 

Published: 3o June 2018

 

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