My son Luca is a massive Peppa Pig fan, for his 3rd birthday this year he decided he would like to go to Peppa Pig World. We thought this was a perfect time for us to make the long 333 mile journey as next year he may have outgrown his obsession, also my 5 year old still watches it so they would both get a lot of enjoyment out of it. It is a massive drive for us so we decided to split our journey, spending the night just outside of Solihill in a Premier Inn and visiting Warwick Castle. I will write about that separately as it more than deserves it!.
We, as a family, love Premier Inn's, we have travelled quite extensively and stayed in enough accommodation to know now that a Premier Inn family room is the best option for us. If you book in advance you can get rooms from £29, amazing value. The one we chose to stay at for this trip was literally a 5 minute drive from Paultons Park so was a perfect location Southampton West . There was a service station just across the roundabout which had a well stocked co-op and also a McDonalds which we used on the 1st night as the wait for the restaurant was 40 minutes. I think they had a bunch of Peppa groupies staying the night!
The room was great, if a little hot, but that is no-one's fault. The kids absolutely love being in a hotel room, it is a big part of the fun for them and they have great fun inventing games and playing with each other, they both have wonderful imaginations.
Bright and early next morning, after a lovely all you can eat Premier Breakfast, we made the extremely short drive to the park. You could walk it but once in the park there is a huge car park so the journey would be quite long for little legs to make, especially on the way home. We had purchased our tickets in advance, direct from the website (thanks Nana and Gramps) and made a saving of £10 which is not to be sniffed at. Children under 1m in height go in free, which luckily is Luca, so a family ticket for the three of us cost £69.50 (including a booking fee). tickets Apart from the large saving, buying in advance also means you avoid the long queues at the entrance and just walk straight in.
Upon entry we were given a map which detailed all the areas in the park. Apart from Peppa Pig World, Paultons Park is a large theme park with lots of other attractions for all ages. The thing I liked particularly, was that the rides around Peppa Pig World were all aimed at toddlers and small children, this meant that all the children in this bit were all of a similar age. I would recommend going on a few rides near to the entrance when you first get in, this gives the crowds heading to see Peppa a chance to disburse a bit. We went on the traditional carousel and had a bit of a wander around before going to see the main attraction.
As soon as we got near to Peppa, we could hear the familiar music playing, be warned parents, that music is on constantly! The poor staff must be fed up! However they didn't show it at all, all the ride attendants and staff were fabulous, I have never experienced such constant good customer service as we did on this trip (including Warwick Castle) it was lovely and refreshing to see. The staff are indeed a credit to Paultons Park.
The park is wonderful, everything is true to the programme and the details are fabulous. Even the trees and ducks on the duck pond are just as you have seen on the TV which is especially important to create the magic for the children.
It is not particularly large but it is the perfect size and they have pitched it excellently at their target audience. There are 7 rides, the biggest queue we found was for George's Dinosaur Adventure, it was about 10-15 minutes wait which wasn't too bad.
The ride was great fun, little ones have to ride with a parent and it was a lot faster than I expected! As with all the rides, as you go along there are various characters from the show dotted around the place, adds to the fun and the children enjoy spotting their favourites.
|Miss Rabbits Helicopter Ride|
|Peppa's Big Balloon Ride|
We went on a few more rides here including Miss Rabbits Helicopter Ride and Peppa's Big Balloon Ride before deciding on a break for lunch. There are a few eateries within Peppa Pig World but they were all very busy so we decided to pop back into the main park to find somewhere. There is also a very large 450 seat covered area where families can eat picnics if they have brought one. Nice to see that accommodated for instead of discouraged. But first we had to try out the big Wave Runner ride. This was a massive slide that you came down in little dinghys. A hit with my daughter who made her dad take her back on about 5 times. Not so much a hit with little Luca, too high and fast for him!
For lunch we visited the Railroad Diner which was just outside Peppa Pig World. The prices I found were not too bad. For 2 childrens chicken nugget lunch boxes and 2 adult hot dog meals all with drinks it came to just over £20. It was very nice too!
After lunch we stayed in the main Paultons Park area for a while and took a trip on the railway which takes you quite far round the park and allows you to see some fabulous houses on your trip. Eva and Daddy tried out a few more of the bigger rides and then we had a look through The World of Wind in the Willows which was lovely.
As time was drawing near for the big meet and greet with Peppa and George, we ventured back to Peppa Pig World and managed to squeeze in a couple more rides including Grandpa Pigs Boat ride. Then it was time to meet the stars. Peppa and George make regular appearances outside the School House throughout the day. We had wisely decided to wait until the last appearance of the day in the hope that it wasn't too busy, seemed we made the right choice as the kids got right to the front and got cuddles and high fives off both George and Peppa. I was very impressed as each of the characters made sure to greet each child and there was a lot of them, 1D fans have nothing on Peppa fans!
Sadly after meeting the heroes it was time for us to leave, we had spent the whole day at Paultons Park and there were areas that we had not covered including The Land of the Dinosaurs and the Water Kingdom but we had covered all of Peppa Pig World and that was our goal. Exit, as usual, is through the obligatory huge gift shop and the kids chose a couple of toys as souvenirs. There is something for everyone in the gift shop not just Peppa and friends. Thankfully we had only a short journey back to our hotel for a well earned rest. We had a wonderful day at Paultons Park, it is well worth the trip. There is a app you can download to your phone to help plan your visit. I would probably recommend a two day ticket to get the most out of the park, there is more than enough there to occupy two full days. The children loved it and have asked to go back many times! maybe next year I have told them .....