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We were gifted our tickets in exchange for coverage. In 2018 we visited Peppa Pig World for the first time and were blown away by just how fun it really was! Now I’ll admit to being sceptical before our visit… Was it REALLY going to be that fun? I read online about the rides, and the shops etc, but didn’t think there would be enough to keep Daisy occupied for an entire day. Now as she’s only 2 I didn’t know if the other parts of the park would be suited to her age. Now I need not have worried as we spent our entire day in Peppa Pig World and it was absolutely fantastic!
When we arrived I was amazed at all the little houses and rides. They are exact replicas of items featured in the Peppa Pig TV series and Daisy instantly recognised houses, rides and people – it was absolutely lovely to see.
We started off exploring the Muddy Puddle area. Luckily we had spare clothes for Daisy as we let her just throw herself in and she was having the time of her life! This was really early on in the day and Daisy loved running free and enjoying all of the water, pressing all of the buttons and generally just playing and having fun.
One of the highlights, right when our day first started, was being able to meet all of the different characters. Daisy loved meeting Peppa and George in particular. I loved how friendly the characters were, and they had staff with them, guiding them with prompts such as “George! There is a small person on your left side waiting to hold hands” etc. It was absolutely lovely and it made the experience so magical for Daisy as it was like Peppa Pig was real, could see her and wanted to pose with her.
As you can see there are lots of rides that are based around the character’s jobs and belongings. For example George’s Dinosaur adventure, Windy Castle, Daddy Pig’s cars etc. This made the rides even more fun and we absolutely loved that they were so carefully curated around the show itself.
Later in the day, we took some time to explore the grounds a little, as the rides were getting a little bit busy.
The zen garden was absolutely beautiful and had lots of places to sit, in peace, and relax. Either with a picnic or just to grab 5-10 minutes away from the crowds and the noise of Paulton’s Park or Peppa Pig World.
It was such a wonderful day and we spent almost the entire day smiling from start to finish.
We didn’t have a lot of time to explore other areas of Paulton’s Park, but what we did see looked fantastic for all ages with a variety of rides and areas to explore.
How to get to Peppa Pig World
Personally, we took the train down to Southampton and stayed overnight in the Novotel Southampton. We had a really early start in the park, as we gained access before it was open to the public as part of our day out with Save The Children. We used a local taxi firm and from Central Southampton, it cost just under £15, which was cheap enough. The train we travelled on was direct from London and took around 2 hours. This was a similar time to driving, without the hassle of the M25 or M3. If you want to drive there is a HUGE car park. It is easily accessible from the M3 and then the M27 from the South.
Tips for Peppa Pig World
Pack food. It’s pretty pricey there, as you’d expect from a theme park! BUT I must say it is cheaper than Thorpe Park and the likes. So if you’re someone who just forgets, or can’t be bothered (like me) then you won’t feel completely ripped off.
Be prepared to queue. Some of the rides we had to wait 30-40 minutes for. When we saw the signs, that gave an expected queue time, we thought they were unrealistic and overexaggerated. They weren’t.
Go for two days. Book online and get tickets that allow you to return on a second day. There is so much more to the park than just Peppa Pig World. Parents can go on some ‘big’ rides while here too. You don’t even need to visit two days in a row!
It is quiet in the final 2 hours of the day. I assume this is because of people wanting to beat the traffic going back home. In the final hour, we went on 5-6 rides, as the queue times were so short.
There are photo points on the rides. Look out for these when you’re going around. Also, in Daddy Pig’s cars be aware of the side of the car, which will likely block the face of the person in the back of the car if they sit directly in the middle of the back seat. Like I did.
The music plays allllll day! Surprisingly it didn’t get on my nerves though. I was singing the songs for a good week after we got home. I’m not sure if I imagined this but the music seemed a little more jaunty and uplifting than the music on the TV show. Perhaps I was just feeling festive that day though.
Pack spare clothes. Soft play, slides, ice creams, the potential for rain and the Muddy Puddle area are just some of the ways your child will ruin their nice outfit. Pack two outfits if your child is a wild explorer, like mine.
Peppa Pig World queue jump
While we were exploring the park I noticed that there is the option to queue jump. Depending on the circumstance, you can apply for queue jump passes on site. These allow you to avoid queueing for long. You will typically use a different entrance (the exit) to get onto rides. This is ideal if you have little ones with autism, or a sensory processing disorder, who can’t bear to stand in queues or be around lots of people. We didn’t actually use this, as obviously we didn’t have a need. Queuing wasn’t the best but Daisy managed ok at 2 years old!
Our day was absolutely fantastic. We had so much fun and have actually returned for another visit in 2020! One of Daisy’s favourite things about the whole trip as staying in the DoubleTree and being able to have one of their famous chocolate chip cookies!
See a little video from our trip to Peppa Pig World
What about the rest of Paulton’s Park?
For our 2020 visit to this family theme park Daisy loved to explore a little more of Paulton’s Park! Her favourite ride was the carousel, which her Daddy could ride with her, and it was so lovely to see her enjoying more of the rides!
What I love about Paulton’s Park is it really has something for everyone. You can entertain little ones with ease in Peppa Pig World and your older children/relatives can ride rollercoasters, water rides and more! There are rides for dinosaur fans, height lovers, a log flume and even go karts too!