Now that my son is getting older (well just a little older) I asked him at the start of the year where he would like to go this year. Aside from Disney World, he said Peppa Pig World (yes he’s seen the adverts on TV!). So how could I say no? Especially as we were heading down to Bournemouth for a mini break. I get a lot of complimentary days out in return for reviews so at the time I didn’t mind paying just under £30 a ticket. Well, I did mind a little as it’s not cheap but hey it sounded and looked amazing and I’m rather partial to a bit of Peppa Pig myself. Plus the rest of the rides at the park also sounded great so I booked online in advance and we headed for a day out there earlier on in the year.
Paultons Theme Park, the home of Peppa Pig world, is located in the village of Ower, near Romsey, in Hampshire, England.
My son is now in full-time school so we have to join the rest of the masses at weekends or during school holidays. I wasn’t too worried about visiting during the holidays as we had been to other theme parks in the area at busy times and they had been fine.
Arriving at Paulton’s Theme Park
We had arranged to meet other family members there at 10 am. Sadly we hit a big long queue a few minutes before we were due to arrive. This delayed us by almost 15 minutes so I wasn’t overly happy by the time we had arrived. That initial queue just to get in was the start of the day off on the wrong foot and things for some time went rather downhill. I always write an honest review, complimentary or not and this review is going to be just that, very honest.
We had to park quite a fair distance away and it took us at least 5 minutes just to get through the car park and gate. Although we’d booked online in advance the queues were still big to get in with a pre-booked ticket. Once through the main gate, we headed right to Peppa Pig World. We’d heard that it’s a good idea to go on these rides first before the park gets too busy. Sadly, it was already too busy and this was by 10:30 am. (please be aware that during less busy times the park opens at 10:30 am not 10 am).
Peppa Pig World Review
We visited just before the two new rides in Peppa Pig World were open and completed (the Queen’s flying coach ride and Grampy Rabbit’s sailing club). Sadly I can’t tell you a bit about each ride from personal experience. Why? Because we could never have gone on all the rides before the park shut. I felt so upset for my son because we wasted almost 2 hours of our day in Peppa Pig World and managed to go on just 2 rides. Yes, just 2 rides. I’ve never felt so disappointed and fed up. My son was so giddy with excitement seeing rides themed on episodes of the shows he loves and watches on a regular basis. But then I had to tell him that there was no way that we could go on them all!
At first, it wasn’t obvious that getting on a ride in Peppa Pig World was going to be an issue. He asked to go on Peppa’s Big balloon ride first. So we joined the queue at the point that it stated that it would be an approx. 20 minute wait. It took closer to 45 minutes to wait for the ride. We had left my Mum on a bench to wait for my Aunty and her Granddaughter. They waited patiently for us for some time but in the end went on another ride. When we finally made it on it was quite a disappointing ride for my son and he seemed to regret the decision to choose that ride.
We checked out a few other queues when we got off the ride and decided to queue next for Grandpa pig’s boat trip.
Again the queue took a lot longer than we thought it would and we queued for at least half an hour for what was again essentially a bit of a boring ride! My son had spied George’s Dinosaur Adventure and was desperate to have a ride. We spied the 1 hour queue wait time and managed to persuade him otherwise. But not without promising to return to Peppa Pig World later in the day when hopefully it would be quieter. It was an effort getting him away but we couldn’t carry on with our day like that.
All I can say is that it is not always like this. However, I have seen more reports of people experiencing similar than I have seen from people having a good experience at Peppa Pig World. It’s such a shame. You pay all the money to go on the rides and you then shouldn’t have to wait in queues so long with small children. Small children are not designed to wait in looooonnggg queues. Something needs to be done to improve the wait times.
Other rides in Peppa Pig world are Daddy Pig’s car ride, Windy Castle ride, Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter flight and Grandpa pig’s little train. Peppa Pig world has 9 rides in total. Nearly all of them don’t have a height limit. George’s Dinosaur is the only ride with height limits. They are – Children under 0.85M cannot ride. Children under 1.1M must ride in the front seat accompanied by a responsible adult and Children over 1.1M must ride alone on the rear seat.
What else is there to do at Paulton’s Theme Park
Luckily all was not lost. We may have come to Paulton’s Theme Park because my son wanted to go to Peppa Pig World. We may have had a massive fail in Peppa pig World but luckily Paultons has many other family-friendly rides. Yes, it does have a few rides for older children but my four year old was kept busy and happy for the rest of the day. Sure he asked a few times when could we go back to the Peppa Pig rides but he enjoyed his day and that’s the most important thing.
There was also hardly any wait time on any of the following rides.
Cat-O-Pillar coaster 0.9m – We literally walked straight on this ride. It was a fun and slightly speedy mini roller coaster. My son was a little concerned before he went on the ride but loved it once he was on it.
Prof. Blast’s Expedition Express – No restriction – This is a cute little train that goes around a track. It was a tad boring for myself and my 4-year-old.
Lost Kingdom Dinosaur Themed rides
For older children – The Flight of the Pterosaur – 1m – Thrill Ride – “Soar high into the skies upon on The Flight of the Pterosaur, a mighty and unique 395m suspended dinosaur coaster, which takes family adventurers swooping high and low around the prehistoric landscape with speeds over 30mph!” My son was tall enough for this ride but I could not persuade him on
For older children – Velociraptor – 1m “Only the bravest explorers will take on Velociraptor. Board this breath-taking dinosaur family coaster and sense the speed and agility of the Velociraptor as it drops from 20m in the air and sweeps around tight bends with speeds of up to 40 mph before reversing to do it all again!” Again my son could not be convinced to go on but to be honest this looked a bit too full on for him.
Dino Chase – No restrictions – Mini coaster – We loved this ride and could have happily gone on it again. It was fast and bumpy but not scary enough to scare the little ones.
The Dinosaur Tour Co. – No restrictions – Safari car, this was a lovely ride. Kids sit up front and drive their grown-ups around. Well at least pretend to drive them around, Jamie took his role very seriously! It was like going on a dinosaur safari adventure with sights, sounds and surprises.
Boulder Dash – No restrictions – Swirl and dodge between giant dinosaur eggs and boulders. Choose between riding in a huge dinosaur egg or giant stone on the swirling Boulder-Dash ride. This was a little bit like the tea-cups ride but the eggs move around in circles almost hitting each other. Great fun!
Dinosaur Meet and Greet – Keep your eye out for your opportunity to meet a ‘real’ dinosaur. The queue moved relatively quickly and my son was delighted to meet the scary dinosaur.
Other rides for children 1metre or shorter at Paultons Theme Park
The following rides we never had a chance to go on. They all look and sound great for families.
Trekking Tractor Garden – No restriction – “Ride the Trekking Tractors around this vegetable-filled garden. A unique farm garden created in the middle of a ride where Basil the Scarecrow stands guard over the carefully tended vegetable plot!”
Raging river ride log flume – 0.95m – “With two huge drops, this log flume is a thrill seeker’s must! A thrilling log flume that gives two mighty drops, the highest at 11 metres! You hit the water at over 35mph with a huge splash!”
Wave runner ride – 0.95m – “A fast and exciting water ride for all the family. A big exciting water ride for all the family. Riders descend down a steep undulating trough in rubber dinghies on fast flowing water! An exhilarating experience!”
Pirate Ship – 0.9m – “A swashbuckling ride in this exciting swingboat which reaches an angle of 60 degrees on either side! Not for the faint-hearted!”
Temple Heights – 0.9m – “Younger explorers can enjoy iconic views across Lost Kingdom on the Temple Heights ride as it swoops and rises from land to sky.”
Dragon Roundabout – 0.9m – “Hold tight as this fierce dragon takes you for a spin! Ride the fiery dragon for the spin of your life – both forwards and backwards!”
Tea Cup Ride – 0.75m – Fast spinning ride
Digger Ride – No restrictions – “Drive through the construction site on your very own digger.”
Seal Falls – No restrictions – Ride through the igloo tunnel and down a mini waterfall! Children will love this mini log flume! Step aboard one of the seal-shaped boats for a super ride through the igloo tunnel and down the mini waterfall!
Kontiki – 0.9m – Climb aboard the Kontiki raft for a swinging boat ride with a twist. Feel the excitement of riding the high seas without ever leaving dry land! The unique swinging and swirling motion of the Kontiki raft is sure to leave you in a spin!
We did, however, find time for the following rides. My son loved the Viking boats so much we went on twice (the queue was always very short)
The Victorian Carousel – No restrictions – This carousel actually has two levels to it which I’ve never seen before. It was a nice sedate ride which the kids all loved.
Rio Grande Train – No restrictions – All aboard a mini steam train for a ride around the park. Perfect for any train fans
Viking Boats – No restrictions – This goes round in circles on the water and bobs up and down like a boat.
Other things to see and do at Paultons Theme Park
Although there are over 30 rides at Paultons Theme park there is also plenty of other more sedate things to see and do. This makes it a great park to visit for the older generation and for children who may not enjoy all of the rides. Our favourite area was Little Africa which hasn’t been at the park for all that long.
Little Africa is a nice little space with lots of animals that are native to Africa such as meerkats, fennec foxes, porcupines, rodents, lizards and more, plus plenty of birds. This area is next to Peppa Pig world and we enjoyed our few minutes exploring.
There are some lovely gardens also to explore at the park plus a discovery trail, playgrounds, splash park, adventure golf and more.
Rides For Older Children (over 1metre)
For braver older children – The Cobra – 1.1m – “Experience twists, turns and drops on this ‘fangtastic’ coaster! The Cobra is the Park’s wildest family rollercoaster. The Cobra is the only coaster of its type in the UK and features a crazy mix of thrilling drops, exhilarating spirals, amazing turns and breath-taking ‘camel humps’. This ‘fangtastic’ coaster is sure to be a big hit with all the family!”
For braver older children – The Edge – 1.2m – “Spin through the air and experience the sensation of floating! Riders swoop and spin through the air reaching a height of 15 metres on a giant disc travelling along a 90-metre track at 43mph! The first in the UK, Edge features a ‘camelback’ hill to create an amazing floating sensation! Things will never be quite the same again once you have ridden on The Edge!”
For braver older children – Magma – 1.1m – “Can you face the drop into the heart of this fiery Jurassic volcano? Hidden beneath the silently smoking volcano MAGMA awaits. Only the brave enter the caverns of molten rock and discover the Jurassic secret entombed below. When MAGMA erupts adventurers rise up and spin out from the smoke 25 metres into the clear sky above, only to face a stomach-churning plunge back into the fiery heart of the mountain below!”
For older children – Sky Swinger – 1m – “Fly through the air as you’re taken for a spin on The Sky Swinger. Hold on tight as the awesome Sky Swinger takes you for a spin! This beautifully hand-decorated ride also features special double seats so that smaller children don’t miss the fun and can enjoy the ride with Mum or Dad!”
Our final thoughts on Paultons Theme Park
We did attempt to ride on more of the Peppa Pig World rides before we left the park. If anything the queues were longer. We spied Peppa and Daddy Pig over on a balcony and headed over to meet them but sadly we were too late and the queue shut just as we got there. It was clearly one of those days!
During our visit, there were 29 different rides that we could have gone on that were suitable for my son’s height of 1metre. From 10:30 am until 4 pm we managed to go on just 10 rides. I am sure you will understand our disappointment. We have visited a lot of theme parks over the years and rarely do we go home with so many rides that we didn’t have time for. For the money we paid this does not make our visit worth it I’m afraid. Such a shame. I have to say that I would be very reluctant to ever return.
Most days the park is open from 10 am until 5 pm. Please check their website before leaving home though as on some off-peak days the park doesn’t open until 10:30 am. To get the best price possible it is a good idea to pre-book your tickets online. This needs to be done in advance to benefit from £5.00 off per ticket. A ticket for anyone over 1 metre is £29.25 online in advance. A family ticket for 4 is £113.00 which is a saving of £20.00 compared to the on the day price. I feel that the 2 day ticket should have a lot bigger discount than just a few pounds off.
Disclaimer: Yes we paid for our own tickets. I wanted to point out that had we have received complimentary tickets (which we didn’t) I would have still been displeased and my review would still have mentioned how busy the park is and how little we managed to do. All my reviews are honest even if I paid for the day out/stay or not.