Peppa Pig World: It’s a Hoot Hoot!

When I was a child, the holy grail of local days out was a trip to Paulton’s Park, which as the TV adverts so catchily sang, is “just off exit 2 on the M27, it’s a hoot hoot at Paulton’s Park!” Fast forward *ahem* a few years, and although there are still some fun rides, it’s no longer really a day out, more a morning or an afternoon. That is, until last Saturday, when Peppa Pig World opened.

My children (and their parents!) are huge Peppa Pig fans and we’d eagerly anticipated the opening, having seen the signs and adverts appearing for pretty much a whole year before, and more recently, some of the lovelies that I follow on Twitter had managed to get visits before the official opening, so reading their reviews filled us with yet more excitement, and I have to say their tips also came in very useful on the day too. We had high hopes!

My son turned 2 on Tuesday, so we thought this was a perfect opportunity for that special family day out. We woke up and the sun was shining, and given the fact that this was only the fourth day that this part of the park had been open, we prepared ourselves for a very crowded day with long queues, and made sure we had bought our tickets by 9:30 to get in line ready for the gates to open at 10am. We had 2 very excited children to keep entertained whilst also trying to have a conversation with ‘Nanny’ who’d called from St. Ives to wish the little man a happy birthday, unable to grasp the concept that we’d managed to leave the house by 9am!

However, as soon as the big gates opened, and the wait was over, this day out turned into one of my favourite days ever, since becoming a parent. It rivalled the unexpected snow day back in November which you can read about here!

We were there as the park opened, and what strikes you straight away is the absolute vibrance of it. Obviously it’s brand new, but everything is bright, and smells clean and new. Being there early meant we managed to get on about 3 rides with virtually no queueing which was a fab start. We began at Daddy Pig’s cars. Everything is really well though out there, with little touches like the fact that the cars all have 2 steering wheels in the front, therefore preventing squabbling siblings (or friends!) over ‘who gets to drive’ each time.

We got snapped by the speed camera, though we did forget to go to Pedro Pony’s ride photos and check out what we looked like because we were so mesmerised by Peppa’s brightly coloured Balloon Ride in the centre of the park, so we headed there next! The queues built up quite quickly here as there’s restrictions on how many can go in each ‘balloon’ so it was good to get that one done early, before the queues really built up.

After 2 rides, we explored the park a bit, seeing the ducks and the Camper Van, then visited Daddy Pig’s Big Tummy Cafe for some hot drinks. Although it was a lovely, sunny day, it was very windy, I was wearing cropped jeans and hubby had forgotten his jumper, so this was very welcome! We warmed up while the children had a fun play in George’s Spaceship Playzone, which is a fantastic soft play centre, up there with the best I’ve been to!

Refreshed, we headed over to Madame Gazelle’s School House, before catching a ride on Grandpa Pig’s Little Train and then his Boat Trip. I’d been warned through some of the reviews I’d read that the food was quite expensive, so we’d taken a picnic, and if you go out of Peppa Pig world, there’s loads of grass and picnic benches, so that was easy. There’s even a little outdoor theatre providing entertainment for the children as you eat!

After lunch, we decided to explore the rest of Paulton’s Park, as your entry fee isn’t just for Peppa World. My daughter who will be four next month, wanted to try out some of the roller coasters, so she had a go on the Flying Frog ride with Daddy, while I tried to get the birthday boy to have a sleep (like that was ever going to happen)! She absolutely loved it, which we were quite relieved about given that we’re off to Disneyland Paris next month.

After a few more non Peppa rides, like the tea cups and the train, we headed back to Peppa Pig World, and joined a rather long queue for Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter ride. We were probably queuing for this ride for half an hour as it’s a wheel, so you can only get one group of people off at each time. It felt like a lot longer with 2 children under 4, one of which needed a wee ‘more badly than ever before’ as soon as we were stuck in!

After an ice cream from Miss Rabbit’s Ice Cream Parlour, my daughter went with Daddy to ride on George’s Dinosaur Adventure, the only one Birthday Boy was too small for, so we went back to the Spaceship Playzone for a bit.

By this point, even though we hadn’t been on the Windy Castle Ride, or soaked ourselves in the muddy puddles, it was getting quite late, so we decided to call it a day, making a last stop at Peppa Pig’s Toy Shop, for the obligatory souvenirs, in the form of a cuddly Suzy for our 3 year old, and a noisy Peppa book for Birthday Boy.

As our 3 year old must measure about 99.5cms, ‘just’ fitting under the barrier, our day cost us £42. Given that this works out as £10.50 per person for the 4 of us, I thought that was pretty reasonable for a full day out. You can save money by getting your tickets online, but it was a good job we didn’t or we would’ve bought a ticket we hadn’t actually needed, thinking we would have needed one for our 3 year old. I’m not really sure why children under 1 metre go free, as the majority of the rides say you have to be 900mm to ride them, so our 3 year old didn’t miss out on going on anything that she wanted to go on. Neither did our (now) 2 year old son, come to that!

The children didn’t leave wanting more, they’d done as much as their energy levels could let them do, but it’s such a good day out, it’ll be lovely to be able to go back and see their excited faces as we go on the things we didn’t get a chance to go on this time, like Windy Castle, and of course, jumping up and down in Muddy Puddles! Our faces will be excited too if we can go back again before our 3 year old grows that extra 0.5cm! A fab day out, if you get the chance to go, you really should. Happy Birthday Harry!


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