This story starts over a year ago. A then 3 year old Miss S was looking at Peppa Pig on YouTube and stumbled across a clip of Peppa Pig World. Her life was never going to be the same again.
Despite the fact that she understood that it was in England and that was a long way away, she also didn’t understand why long flights were a big deal and, for the next year and a half, Miss S made it her duty to make her dreams come true in the form of hassling her parents.
Fast forward a year later, we’re living in Malaysia and earning enough money online that we decide to book tickets onto Europe. Of course, S asks straight away about Peppa Pig World. Given we go to plenty of bucket list places for me and J, it only seemed fair that we incorporated hers – we were going to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park!
Since that moment, S counted down the sleeps and her and Z were ecstatic when the time actually came to visit this very special part of England.
Peppa Pig World is located inside Paultons Park, a family theme park found in the south of England. There is far more to Paultons Park than Peppa Pig World, although it is the main attraction.
There are many rides from a giant roller coaster to a beautiful carousel. In addition to the usual theme park attractions, there are gardens, lakes, wildlife areas, penguin feeding and a 4D cinema.
There are also many attractions for little kids. Z loved bouncing on the bouncy castle and jumping on trampolines. Playgrounds are scattered throughout the park and there are water play areas as well.
There are many eating options. We were able to avoid fried food and had a good healthy meal for a reasonable price.
While Peppa Pig World is firmly catering to the preschooler set, the wider Paultons Park is for everyone with rides appropriate for all ages. We particularly liked how well young kids are still catered for everywhere – there were always attractions perfect for Mr 3, so he was able to do something next door to where S and I could go on the more thrilling rides.
The attention to family friendly detail in this park is amazing too. I was impressed to find all the toilets had toddler seats and low sinks. There are baby and toddler food options from baby yoghurts to small sandwiches. There are high chairs.
Although Peppa Pig World was the highlight for us, the rest of the park is very enjoyable and in some ways better – we could basically walk straight on to any ride without any queues. It is all very preschooler friendly.
If you are a Peppa Pig fan (and even if you are not), it would be impossible to not enjoy Peppa Pig World. This preschool sized town feels like you have walked into the set of the show with characters, cars, helicopters, boats and many more items from the show everywhere. It is full of rides and attractions which are just perfect for little ones.
The kids lapped up riding Daddy Pig’s car, going for a journey on Grandpa Pig’s Little Train and George’s dinosaur. In addition to the rides, there are Peppa Pig themed indoor and outdoor playgrounds. There are times to meet Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig. You can visit Peppa Pig’s house and splash in muddy puddles. You can even visit the duck pond with 3D quacking versions of what you see in the show.
Everything is brightly coloured and there are sounds from the show all around. The attention to detail is fantastic and we loved how the show’s narrator was used to give announcements at the rides.
The whole place is just magical and ideal for preschoolers.
Part of what made our visit so special was the early play and ride pass for Peppa Pig World. This pass gave us entry to Peppa Pig World an hour before everyone else along with up to 28 other kids – although there was only about 10 on the day we went.
On arrival at Paultons Park, we were escorted to Peppa Pig World by friendly staff. Before we knew it, Peppa and George were with us, hugging and meeting the children. They then played with them in both the indoor George’s Spaceship Play Zone and the outside Mr Potato’s Playground.
It was so cute and awesome getting to watch the kids play with Peppa and George. Z (at 3), in particular, thought it was amazing.
We were then able to access the Peppa Pig World rides 15 minutes before the park opened to everyone else. This was the thing that attracted me to this pass most as I had read that there can be long queues at the rides. In the 15 minutes, we whizzed around 3 rides and got a good position in line for the 4th.
This was awesome. At 10am, when the park opened, there were families everywhere and the lines grew fast. If you can afford the extra expense of this pass, I definitely recommend it especially with young kids. S and Z had a great time, they were able to enjoy a few rides without being at all frustrated and they played with Peppa and George.
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Paultons Park is located near Southampton in southern England. It is completely possible to visit here in a day from London which is what we did. There are bus, train and taxi options. However, these are not going to work on a visit from London if you want to do it in a day and spend decent time at the park. We borrowed a car and drove down.
It is a straight forward drive to Paultons Park. It took us about 2.25 hours, but we were located on the opposite side of London to the park. I assume it would be quicker from the southern side of London.
You can read more options about getting to the park here.
There are also 2 day/1 night packages available on the Paultons Park site where you basically get a second day at Paultons Park for free. We kept going back and forth about whether to take this option and I wish we had – it would have been great to have not had the stress about getting down there early and having two days to explore the park.
Paultons Family Theme Park is fantastic because it is built so well for families. I have not been to a theme park which caters so well for preschoolers. The rides and attractions for little ones scattered throughout the park ensure everyone was well entertained and happy.
We all had a great time. I am actually surprised how much I enjoyed Peppa Pig World myself. It is so well done that it’s hard not to! The kids just lapped it up.
The early play and ride pass was also brilliant. It does cost extra money but we found it worthwhile. It was a great hour for the kids getting to hang out with Peppa and George and getting a head start on the rides. It really made our visit.
We also enjoyed the Peppa Pig shop. I could have gone crazy in there if we were heading home after England. As it was, we bought books, water bottles, toothbrushes and some small toys. It was so much cheaper than Peppa Pig gear back in Australia. The kids have birthday money from their grandparents so it was put to good use!
My only complaint is that the lines could be long in Peppa Pig World. However, we waited no more than 30 minutes and this was only once. Outside of Peppa Pig World, the lines were virtually non existent. We visited in mid July right at the end of the school year.
As for the best ages to visit Paultons Park, I think any kid is going to enjoy some parts of the park. Peppa Pig World is definitely best for toddlers and preschoolers. This is the one big theme park that I would even recommend for toddlers. S, at 5, did seem borderline too old. She enjoyed all the Peppa Pig aspects but she was also happy to move onto other areas of the park where she could go on the more thrilling rides.
Because of this, she was actually the perfect age for Paultons Park – young enough to enjoy the young kid focused attractions and old and tall enough that there was only one ride she couldn’t do – and she did go on all the older rides. She is braver than me!
Paultons Park – it may be the happiest place on earth for preschoolers (and their parents too).
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We were guests of Paultons Park. As always, my views are my own.