Paulton’s Park is a family theme park which is the home of Peppa Pig World. It is located in the village of Ower, near Romsey in Hampshire, England. The theme park has over 70 rides and attractions. The Peppa Pig World theme park area is based on the children’s television series character which many parents will know very well!
The park covers 140 acres of land and features a collection of around 80 species of birds and animals, in addition to the rides. Most of the theme park rides are designed for children but there is something for all ages.
The main purpose of the visit was to visit Peppa Pig. Peppa Pig World remains its own little eco-system. It is much busier than the rest of the park with longer queues and generally very busy. There is an indoor soft play, playpark and splash zone area.
The attention to detail walking around the park was very impressive with themed houses, rides and décor. It was like you had stepped into the television series.
There is the opportunity to prebook Meet and Greet with Peppa before the park opens. We have not gone with this option and the children still met the characters on the main stage at certain times throughout the day and had their photo taken with Peppa and George. There was also Zoe Zebra and Suzy Sheep.
The area is set out well and is easy to negotiate your way around. If you find the Peppa Pig World area busy which it can be, then you can go and explore other sections of the park and come back to the Peppa Pig World later on in the day as it sometimes gets quieter later in the afternoon.
There are 7 rides in Peppa Pig World; Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight, George’s Dinosaur Adventure Ride, Windy Castle Ride, Daddy Pig’s Car Ride, Grandpa Pig’s Boat Trip and Grandpa Pig’s Little Train.
Grandpa’s little train goes Choo Choo Choo is the theme music played on this ride which gets stuck in your head. The children loved all the rides.
There is also George’s Spaceship indoor play zone – remember to bring socks to gain entry! Muddy Puddles Water Splash Park, see inside Peppa’s House, Mr Potato’s Outdoor Adventure Playground, meet Peppa and George daily outside the school house and visit Peppa’s Toy Shop to take home a souvenir.
If you are hungry there is Daddy Pig’s Big Tummy Café or we had an ice cream from Miss Rabbit’s Ice Cream Parlour. There is also Peppa’s Magic Photo studio and you can look inside Madame Gazelle’s School House which is a good opportunity for a photograph.
The food is as you would expect mostly fast food and a little on the expensive side but you can take snacks with you and there is a McDonalds restaurant approximately a two minute drive away from the park.
The penguins and penguin feeding is set next to Peppa Pig World, also there are many other animals and birds to see such as Meerkat Manor, Beastie Burrow, Birds of Prey, Hornbills, Tropical Birds, Flamingos, Pelicans, African Avery and Giant Tortoise.
There are many gardens within the theme park which are very well looked after. This is a great spot for a picnic and some quiet time.
Outside of the Peppa Pig World bubble there were plenty of rides with no queues.
My children loved the rides such as Jumping Bean, Victorian Double Decker Carousel, Pirate Ship, Cat-O-Pillar coaster, Tea cup ride, Digger Ride, Seal Falls, Viking Boats, Trekking Tractors, Professor Blasts Expedition Express, Jumping Jack and Wave Runner.
We all enjoyed the Sky Swinger, which was a chair o plane ride which goes quite fast. Smaller children from age 4 can enjoy the ride with their parent as there are double seats.
My eldest daughter loved Dragon Roundabout; it was too fast for me, spinning you around both forwards and backwards.
Water Kingdom is a water area in the main park which features water jets, giant tipping buckets, fountains and super soakers for the children to enjoy and explore.
There is plenty of seating areas outside to supervise. The children loved this and was a great way to end the day. Remember to bring your swimwear and a towel. There are also dryers available for an additional £2.
Away from the rides there is also Bouncer, a bouncy castle, Percy’s Playhouse and Percy’s Play park, Tiny tots town and trampolines.
For older children seeking thrill rides there is Magma, The Cobra and The Edge.
Since our last visit there has been the new development called the Lost Kingdom. We look forward to visiting again to explore the new rides and play areas the park has to offer.
There is the opportunity to have ride photos but these were £9 each of 4 pictures for £25. We found this to be expensive and the photos were not of great quality which is a shame.
There are many restaurants located within the park. The main restaurant is the Wild Forest Family Restaurant which is located at the entrance to the park. The menu and prices can be found on the Paulton’s park website. There are several kiosks and other restaurants such as Railroad Diner and Base Camp which are located throughout the park.
To exit the park is through the toy shop, we had a little look around as my daughter wanted to by Candy Cat with her pocket money. The toys were a similar price to Amazon.
We have been coming to Paulton’s Park since 2011 when my youngest daughter was 16 weeks old. There is something for all ages and the cleanliness, introduction of new rides and attractions keeps us coming back. The rides seem to be well maintained and every ride has been open.
The park is signposted well from the M3 motorway and is easy to find. We arrived around opening time to beat most of the queues. There were queues when we arrived and there were a huge number of cars already there and steadily arriving. The car park was free and was well organised as were the ticket booths and entry.
The queues to get into the park moved quickly and efficiently. Once in the theme park there is much more to do than just Peppa Pig and friends.
This is why we took advantage of booking 2 days for the price of 1 hotel package, staying at the McDonald Hotel Botley Park as it is a great value package. Children less than 1 metre tall go in free. Booking tickets in advance is the cheaper option if you do not want to book a hotel break. A family of 4 advanced rate ticket for one day is £99, on the gate is £116. A two day advanced rate ticket is £186 or £214 on the gate.
A hotel break package at the Macdonald Botley Park hotel, one nights accommodation, breakfast and two days park tickets is £282. There are packages to suit your budget. We have previously stayed in the Premier Inn West Quay Southampton which is 9 miles away in the city centre. If you book in advance or by staying on a Sunday night you can get a reduced rate especially when Premier Inn run their frequent sales events.
We would highly recommend this park as it is good for families, kept clean and good value for money.