Lifestyle blogger and BritMums Family Days Out Editor Kara Guppy of Chelseamamma.co.uk took her family to Paultons Park to report for BritMums about the family friendliness of the UK’s favourite theme parks.
Paultons Park, Ower, Romsey SO51 6AL
If you are looking for a family friendly fun day out with under 10’s then this is for you.
Best for: Pre-School and Primary School age Children
My children are 3, 5 and 8 and I would say that they are the perfect age to enjoy the park although there are a couple of more thrilling rides for older siblings to enjoy too.
What can my 3 year old do there?
Paultons Park is home to Peppa Pig World so is an instant hit for any pig loving small person. Children under 1m get in for free but don’t let that fool you into thinking there is nothing there for them to do. Peppa Pig World itself has 7 fun theme park rides including Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight and George’s Dinosaur Adventure Ride. It also has George’s Spaceship Indoor Playzone and on warm and sunny summer days don’t forget to take your swimsuits to enjoy Muddy Puddle’s Water Splash Park. There is even the chance to go in Peppa’s House and meet the Peppa Pig family and their friends too.
What can my 9 year old do there?
The new Lost Kingdom has just opened its doors to the public and is home to a whole host of Dinosaur attractions including two new rollercoasters, life-like animatronic Dinosaurs, Jurassic themed family rides, a prehistoric Dinosaur adventure play park and an amazing opportunity to come face to face with their ‘living’ walking animatronic Dinosaurs! Soar high into the skies upon on The Flight of the Pterosaur, a suspended dinosaur coaster which takes family adventurers swooping high and low around the prehistoric landscape or brave the Velociraptor as it drops from 20m in the air and sweeps around tight bends with speeds of up to 40 mph.
What can my teenager do there?
Magma is a volcano themed drop & twist ride which erupts adventurers 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 or adventurers could brave The Edge which swoops and spin through the air reaching a height of 15 metres on a giant disc travelling along a 90 metre track at 43mph!
Where is the best place to eat?
There are plenty of restaurants on the site including the Wild Forest Family Restaurant, The Railroad Diner and Daddy Pig’s Big Tummy Cafe but if you want to take a picnic there is plenty of picnic areas throughout the park including a 450 seat fully covered eating area, a perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy your food and drink.
Where to stay nearby?
Paultons Park offers ticket and hotel deals which include everything you need including theme park tickets including Peppa Pig World, a 2nd day in the park FREE, an overnight stay at a family friendly hotel near Paultons Park including breakfast.
Which was the family’s favourite ride?
My family adored the new Lost Kingdom but George’s Dinosaur Ride is always their highlight of the day.
Which was the best for thrills?
The two new rollercoasters, The Flight of the Pterosaur and Velociraptor in the Lost Kingdom are brilliant and are perfect family friendly rollercoasters. The teen favours The Edge though.
What are the baby change facilities like?
This is where Paultons Park really shines for me. There are plenty of toilets and baby change facilities across the park and they all have toilets with toddler friendly training seats that pull down and sit over the adult toilet seat. The facilities are always clean and tidy too.
Paultons Family Theme Park is packed full of things to do for all the family. Amble around the beautiful gardens and lake in the park, see a whole host of beautiful birds and friendly animals including Penguins and Meerkats or make a splash in the water kingdom.
Where to eat? We ate in the Wild Forest Family Restaurant where the Wildlings menu starts from just £3.95 per meal
Price of ticket: You can save by booking in advance on the website. Tickets from £25.75
Park opening times: 10.00-1730 at peak times but reduced hours at other times. Check the website before you visit for up to date information.
Baby change: The Baby Care Centre has facilities for feeding and changing babies and a separate room for mothers to breastfeed. Baby changing facilities are also provided in Ladies and Gents toilets within the Park
My top tip: If you are going with pre-school children go outside the school holidays as you literally walk on and off rides without queuing. If you go in the school holidays Peppa Pig World is quietest at opening time or after 3pm
Blogger vote: I give this park 10/10. It was excellent and they have worked very hard to create something for the whole family to enjoy with the introduction of the Lost Kingdom this year.