A couple of Sundays ago we took the girls to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park as a birthday treat for Seren. We managed to keep it a surprise for her until we got there too! The night before I packed her Peppa Pig bag with some of her Peppa Pig toys and a Peppa Pig magazine for the journey (and trying to limit shopping demands!). We put the girls in the car at 7am in their pyjamas all cosy under blankets thinking they might go back to sleep. Imogen did (hurrah), Seren didn’t but enjoyed reading and playing with her Peppa Pig things. By 8.30am we arrived at Winchester services for a car picnic breakfast and a much-needed coffee for mummy.
Peppa Pig World opened at 10am but by the time we arrived in the car park at Paultons Park at 9.30am it was pretty busy already! We had bought our tickets the day before which was a little bit cheaper. Children under 1 metre high in shoes get in for free but my tall girl is 99cm without shoes on so we had to pay for her. We entered the park then got in the queue for Peppa Pig World next to the flamingoes (which is the back way, there are two entrances and that one was a bit quieter).
Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride
Once in the park, Andy and Seren went straight into the queue for Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride whilst I sat down and fed Imogen. They didn’t get on the ride until 10.30am which worried me, such a long queue for first thing in the morning, what would the rest of the day be like? However, they had got to the front of the queue when Seren needed to go to the toilet. The ride attendant let them back in at the front when they got back though. As you would expect, the toilets are very child friendly, with little seats set inside the grown up ones and small sinks too.
Anyway, Andy and Seren enjoyed the ride and got a good view of the rest of the park.
A Note on the Queues
The big downside of the day for me was the length of the queues. Though I guess that is what you get for going on a very sunny Sunday! There were things that could be addressed to speed things up; two cars were out of action on Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, there was only one attendant working on some rides so they had to get people both off and on and there was no attempt to get people to car share. Andy and I took it in turns to take Seren on the rides so there was only two of us in a car that sat four or five. We would’ve been happy to car share if it meant speeding up the queue though I guess not everyone would want to. That said, Seren didn’t mind queuing too much and she was kept amused with magazines, stickers, taking photos, people watching, ride watching and looking at the displays. We alternated rides with the play areas and lunch or snacks.
Grandpa Pig’s Boat Trip
Next it was my turn for a ride! Seren and I went on Grandpa Pig’s Boat Ride. This was a short queue of about 10 minutes. Lots of splashy fun and Seren didn’t want to get off.
Daddy Pig’s Car Ride
The longest queue of the day, just over half an hour at 11.30am for this popular ride. Perhaps the wait was due to Mr Bull digging up the road! After the initial disappointment of not being in the pink car, Seren enjoyed this ride and loved being in the driving seat whilst I sat in the back.
Next we had a break from the rides and popped in on the Pig family just as they were making pancakes for breakfast. Seren was mesmerised watching them move and speak.
Mr Potato’s Playground, Muddy Puddles & Lunch
Then it was Mr Potato’s Playground for a run around for half an hour. No buggies are allowed in the playground and Imogen was asleep so I walked round with her. Then Andy and I swapped and I changed Seren into her swimming costume for the Muddy Puddles splash pad area! This was one of Seren’s highlights, she kept running over to me giggling saying “I’m SOAKING wet mummy”.
I absolutely couldn’t get her to leave and she also seemed to be fully aware that if she sat under a fountain I couldn’t come and pick her up! So Andy and Imogen (and the buggy, we “sneaked” it in, sorry) came to join us and we sat down on a picnic table to eat our lunch. I’d stocked up on Peppa Pig branded jelly and biscuits to include in Seren’s lunch and brought her Peppa Pig bowl and cup from home.
After lunch we were ready for another ride and Seren and I got in the 20 minute queue for Windy Castle. This is a another ride that goes high up I and I didn’t like it at first! Trying not to betray my fear I asked Seren if she found it scary. She replied saying she didn’t, she is braver than me.
George’s Dinosaur Adventure
Next it was daddy’s turn again to go on a ride, so Seren and him joined the long queue for George’s Dinosaur Adventure. I think this was the second longest wait of the day at around 30 minutes and I took myself off round to the back of the ride to wait for a photo opportunity. The ride is on the edge of Peppa Pig World and I went over to see the meerkats and ducks in Paulton’s Park. This was a much quieter experience than the hustle and bright coloured bustle of Peppa Pig World. After their ride they joined me on a picnic table and we all had drinks, snacks and mingled with the ducks (who liked the grapes). Imogen woke up and was in a happy mood.
Grandpa Pig’s Little Train
By this time (around 3.45pm) the park was emptying out and we all joined a short queue for Grandpa Pig’s Little Train. Imogen’s first ride!
Meeting Peppa and George
Next up we went to the School House for the 4pm meet and greet with George and Peppa. We had briefly seen them earlier and managed to shake hands with Peppa but it was super busy and I thought if we came back at 4pm it might be quieter – it wasn’t. It didn’t matter though, daddy and Seren were patient, and got to shake hands with George and Peppa. The characters were very good at saying hello to everyone and stayed around for a good 20 minutes. This was a real highlight for Seren! I stayed in the background with Imogen in the sling (she prefers alternating between that and her buggy if out all day). It would have been good to see more of the gang too, I think Candy Cat and Suzy Sheep make seasonal appearances.
Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight
By this time we were all flagging. There was one last ride to go on and we gave Seren the choice of queuing for that or going back to the play area or trying the soft play. She wanted to go on the ride so off she went with daddy whilst I got a yummy strawberry milkshake from Daddy Pig’s Tummy Cafe.
George’s Spaceship Playzone
Our daddy was super jealous of my milkshake so we headed back to the cafe to get one for him too. Seren saw George’s Spaceship Playzone next door and ran in. It was just before 5pm when the park is supposed to close but we got a good 20 minutes of play and nobody chucked us out. Seren loved the long slide and Imogen went into the baby area for her first soft play experience and got to have a bit of a stretch and roll around.
Then it was time to say goodbye and set off on the long car journey home. Which was awful! Seren was fine and mostly slept but Imogen would NOT settle, the traffic was terrible and I spend 3 hours leaning into the back of the car so she could suck and hold my fingers.
We had a great day though, we will definitely go back again when Imogen is old enough to enjoy it too. I would look at staying over next time and getting a two-day ticket as we didn’t really see any of Paultons Park and that looks like fun too.
Peppa Pig World
Peppa Pig World
Paultons Park, Ower Nr Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire, SO51 6AL
The park opens every day from the end of March to the beginning of October then is open for weekends and school holidays during winter though closes completely in January.