A Peppa Pig World Survival Guide
What does your mind conjure up when you hear those words? Does your heart fill with dread and despair or with laughter and excitement? Well, what would you think/say if I told you I visited Peppa Pig World over the weekend? Yep! A whole place dedicated to the pink piggy “oink” family and her furry friends located at Paultons Park, New Forest, Hampshire. I must be crazy, right? Or am I just one of those super parents who are willing to go through hours of piggy snorting and muddy puddles for her bundle of joy? Or really, I’m just delusional? Probably all of the above and more! But if you have a Peppa Pig fan in your family, you’ll probably understand how irritating that theme tune can be, but also how grateful you are to them for giving you 5 minutes of peace. I was sceptical, but turns out it is possible for the *whole family to enjoy and leave having had lots of fun. Here’s what happened and how I think you can have fun too!
*when I say “whole” family, views may differ if you have much older kids thrown in the mix. My whole family/friends who went consisted of adults and 2 year olds! This review is based solely on Peppa Pig World and not the rest of Paultons Park.
Peppa Pig World is aimed at its target audience of pre-schoolers that span almost every culture and ethnicity. This is unsurprising as a quick Google search shows that the TV show is broadcasting in over 180 countries! So it would be very difficult to find a child who doesn’t know who Peppa Pig is, even if you haven’t allowed any/much TV time, it seems there is something about Peppa Pig that makes them want to know or love them. It’s a weird attraction, but if you have older kids, they may prefer the attractions in Paultons Family Theme Park more, which is included in the entrance tickets already – so there will definitely be something for everyone. Tip: Book tickets in advance! Discounts range from £4.50 per ticket (1-day pass) to £37.50 for a family of 5 (2-days pass). Kids under 1 metre enter free and do not require a ticket. We were only a 2 hours drive away from the park, so we only did a day trip, but if you lived further away or wanted to make the most out of your trip, you can actually book park tickets and a family friendly hotel nearby directly through Paultons Park website, but wait for it – all breaks include a 2nd day FREE pass! So you can return and explore the park all over again the next day… no pressure!
Usual weekend opening times are 10am to 5:30pm and weekdays are usually 10:30am to 5pm, please check Paultons website for official times and special announcements. Tip: Get there early before the queues start forming, warm summery weathers as usual will attract larger crowds, but if you can’t predict the British weather, then you can make the most of your day by purchasing Peppa’s Early Play Pass for a limited time and enjoy the park before it opens between 9-10am on selected dates and enjoy the rides in Peppa Pig World from 9.45am. Peppa Pig and George will personally come meet you as well. As my little boy wasn’t a HUGE Peppa Pig fan, we didn’t get the early passes, instead we arrived around 10:30am to make sure we were the first group in to minimise queuing time.
I believe what makes Peppa Pig World so successful is the familiarity it brings, as we approached the entrance, we immediately heard the gentle ringing of the Peppa Pig theme tune in the background along with familiar characters and colourful rides that brought smiles and giggles to my 2 year old and anyone in the Peppa Pig age group. Heck, just seeing their excited little faces made me smile back uncontrollably! The rides and attractions incorporated many characters in the TV show such as Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight, Grandpa Pig’s Little Train, George’s Dinosaur Adventure, Peppa Pig’s Ballon Ride and they’ve even gone as far as including Muddy Puddles in Mr Potato’s Playground. Tip: Bring towels and swimsuit for the little one so that they can splash around in the water park, there isn’t an official place for them to change, so a good idea would be to use a big towel to cover them up whilst changing. We didn’t get to play around in the Muddy Puddles Splash Park as the waterworks were switched off on the day of our visit – probably for the best as it was quite a cool and grey day until about an hour or two before the park closed.
Most of the rides have height restrictions, and little ones need to be accompanied by an adult, so being able to join in the “fun” with #JasperBean and experiencing the moment through this eyes was actually quite enjoyable rather than just standing around waiting and taking photos of him. Tip: Measure little ones before visiting so you know whether they need a ticket and also see at a glance which rides they can go on and if you want to be extra efficient, you can even print out a map of the park and mark down the rides you want to go on. If you haven’t done any of this, don’t worry! When you enter the park, your little ones are measured and if you’re unsure, staff can provide them with a colour coded wrist band that informs ride operators which height range they fall into. There are also height charts and signs at each ride informing you of the safety rules and restrictions.
As per usual, you aren’t allowed to bring buggies or strollers into queues, so we decided to leave ours parked outside one of the rides and walked around the park without it. There are so many of them around that we felt quite comfortable that it would be safe even with our changing bag in there. Tip: Bring a backpack to hold your valuables, water, snacks and even small toys to fend away boredom when queuing. If you don’t have a buggy there are locker stations around the park if you want to leave your valuables whilst you hop on and off rides. Tip: If you have ALOT of things, you can get your hand stamped to re-enter the park at the exit of the Big Toy Store (at the park entrance, not the one inside Peppa Pig World) so that you can pick up any extras you need in the car.We went on the Saturday before the May Bank Holiday and we thought there would be loads of people, but actually queuing time for the rides was around 10-15 minutes on average – much quicker than what we thought it would be. There are also some activities that don’t require any queuing such as Mr Potato’s Playground and George’s Spaceship Indoor Playzone, so head over there to release some steam if the queues are getting quite heavy. Tip: Remember to bring an extra pair of socks if you intend to visit the indoor playzone, as little ones wearing sandals or shoes without socks won’t be allowed to play there barefoot. There are also little coin rides like the ones you find in shopping malls/supermarkets which are free to play and your little one can ride on them as many times as they like.
I would also recommend going on the Rio Grande Train rather than Grandpa Pig’s Little Train as this was easily 10x longer and took us around the back of Peppa Pig World, the lake and then back into the park going pass some of the rides.
There are restaurants/cafes and food kiosks dotted around the park, but we decided to bring our own pack lunch and snacks. This way, not only was I able to control what food #JasperBean consumed, but also avoided paying £6+ for a hotdog/burger and fries. There is a large marquee with picnic tables located just outside Peppa Pig World that provided us the perfect pit stop to recharge and unload. If you have time to wander around the whole of Paultons Park, you will find that there are picnic spots everywhere, so finding the perfect place to unwind, catch-up and eat isn’t an issue at all.
The same could be said of toilet facilities, they were clean and most had 2 in 1 family seats that were suitable for both adults and children. For mums that are still breastfeeding and want to do this in private away from the public eye, they also have breastfeeding rooms!Once we were all fed and tired out, we went on a short walk around the back which had a small animal enclosure housing flamingoes, pelicans and emus. The path also led to a quiet scenic walk away from the hustle and bustle of excited children along a lake to The Windmill which provided the peace and tranquility for #JasperBean to power nap and us to recharge our batteries. Watching ducks and geese’s roaming around the park freely was a delight and much welcomed distraction amongst all the man made mechanical activities. If your little one loves animals, then why not consider visiting Drusillas Park and Godstone Farm as well.
Overall, Peppa Pig World was a much better experience than I had anticipated. The park was well presented and clean, the staff were efficient and friendly and most importantly, we had no issues getting around the park from one ride to another – we left as a very satisfied (and tired) family. So if you can ignore all the “bad press” about Peppa Pig and her family and friends, I would recommend taking your little one to the park as it can be a very enjoyable (and tiring) day out – part of the fun is actually seeing your love ones excited and having fun. As with any TV programme, it is recommended to have adult supervision, not because there is violence or anything sexual involved – but as little ones at pre-school age have such wild imaginations, separating fantasy from reality can be quite hard for them, therefore it is only right for you to hold their little hands and guide them when needed. Remember, they are only young for so long and before you know it, they will be holding other peoples’ hands too. We will definitely be back again, even if it’s just to see the smile on #JasperBean’s face.
Whats your take on Peppa Pig? Have you been to the theme park and would you go again or recommend to a friend?
I hope you have enjoyed reading this and found it useful/helpful.
Until next time,
Love… MsMamaBean x
Great advice. I dislike queuing, and all children are pretty rubbish at it so the reality of the experience really helps. Looks ideal for little Peppa fans!
It is a lovely place for Peppa fans and not too bad a day out for mummies and daddies either! Give it a go!
Sooo cute!! My god daughter loves peppa!
She will definitely love Peppa Pig World!
My daughter is obsessed with peppa
It’s amazing how their little minds are captured, your daughter will love the visit.
So cool! I don’t have kids so I’ve never seen peppa pig but when my niece and nephew were younger they watched the show “Olivia” about the other pig. Lol
It’s weird how there are so many shows surrounding pigs, but nothing as big as Peppa Pig, this theme park is a must go for little ones, recommend to your family and friends if they are around.
My nieces and nephews would go mad for this place, they are obsessed with Peppa! 🐷🐷
Definitely a great day out for the family!
We’re huge fans of Paultons although we live around 5 hours away. We love the whole park – especially the dinosaur park part with the rollercoaster which our 4 year old could go on. It’s just a shame we don’t live closer or we would definitely do the annual pass option. Great tips and lovely photos. #coolmumclub x
You can definitely make a weekend trip out of it then! Free second day pass when you book accommodation through Paultons. I haven’t visited the rest of the park, so will definitely have to return again.
How nice. Looks like a very nice and fun place to be for parents and kids 🙂
If you have Peppa fans in your family, they will definitely enjoy it, if not, there is the rest of Paultons park to enjoy as well.
You are a brave soul. I can’t imagine taking my kids somewhere like that.
Parents are a lot braver than they are given credit for! I didn’t think I would enjoy it either, but in actual fact I really enjoyed it. Give it a go if you have Peppa fans in your family.
Wow this is such a comprehensive guide – Thank you! I really want to take the girls here but the timing has just never been right…maybe this summer s our summer!
Thanks so much for linking with #coolmumclub
Thank you so much for the link. This is definitely the place to go for Peppa fans, you would be surprised at how much fun it actually is for the whole family 🙂
WE are not peppa watchers so probably wouldn’t go to the park but not because we’re totally against it but because we enjoy running and climbing round outside etc. This a well rounded review and I suppose if we lived closer for a day trip we may be persuaded to have a day trip when my little is a bit older! Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky
Its definitely worth a visit even if little ones aren’t Peppa fans. Paultons Park is a great place for family days out, but I do agree that it would make it easier if you lived closer 🙂
My son would love this!!! But it’s no where close to where we are. Thanks for sharing your experience
Maybe a weekend trip? There are so many places to explore nearby and only a few hours drive from London as well.
I wish , I’m in NY but went to London as one of the stops on my honeymoon. We def want to visit again once the kids are a little bit older.
My son would love this! We have been looking at going, but we live a good distance away and so we need to plan a few things in the area and we’re hoping to do this in the summer for my little girls birthday. Looks like you all had a great time. #ThatFridayLinky
A great place to visit for a weekend or more. The park provides lots more to do and is its nice and warm, can always pop over to the coast of Southampton.
There’s a Peppa Pig World? My little boy would probably pass out from excitement if we went there! Looks so much fun!!!
I know! I would never have found out about it if I didnt have a little one! You definitely need to visit it whilst your boy is still young and if you get the chance
This place looks like so much fun for kids, and looks clean and easy to navigate for parents.
It is one of the tidiest and well-looked after theme parks I have been to. Definitely a thumbs up from myself and my little boy.
Even though I don’t have kids this place looks great! Thanks for being so informative and sharing so many pictures. You really get to capture the atmosphere looks like a good time.
Thank you, we had a really good time and definitely something to recommend to friends and family with little ones.
Haha, too funny. I’ve heard of the show but had no idea they had a whole theme park around it!
I guess when the TV show is so popular that the next step to monetising it is a theme park along with all its merchandises
Ok so I’ve heard of Peppa but never knew there was a theme park. It looks like a great way to entertain the family. Park is massive from what I see, and I loved the pictures. Very informative, and you have a really cute family!
Thank you! Peppa Pig World is big enough for little ones to tire themselves out and keep them thoroughly entertained. Older kids will definitely be more suited for the rest of Paultons Park – all in all a great family day out.
This looks like so much fun! We’ll have to swing by next time we’re in England
Definitely somewhere worth considering if you have little ones.
Ugh. Worst nightmare. Heads for the hills and woods… bonus is that they are free 😊 #bligstravaganza
haha! I definitely thought this before I went, but it’s completely changed my mind.
We went here when the kids were really small, they loved it but I’m quite happy they’re past that stage now. Great tips for those going along for the first time! Dropping by from #happydayslinky Lizzie xo
Thanks Lizzie, this park is definitely one for the little boys/girls, I’m looking forward to passing this stage soon as well, but really enjoy them this young as well!
This is fantastic!! Such good picks and detail, great tips too! We are thinking of going to Peppa Pig World so this is brilliant for us. Nicky x #Blogstravaganza
Thanks Nicky! Let us know what your experience of the park was and whether any of my tips were useful when you go! X
Looks so cool. I wish I Lived nearby
Weekend trip maybe?
What a fabulous day out! Those rides look super cute, my girls’ would love them! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx
Definitely a feast for the eyes, ears and heart of little ones! X
Looks like you had a lovely, busy day! Thanks for linking up to #TheFridayLinky
Looks like a brilliant family day out fab review very in depth Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please
Thanks for your comment and for having me!
Hi, it looks like a great day out. We often drive past it but have yet to visit, Chloe #bigpinklink
This looks incredible for Peppa Pig fans! My son has not shown an interest in Peppa Pig so far, but this looks like a fun theme park regardless. I like that there seems to be lots of green space there too. Great tips for a first time visitor. x #HappyDaysLinky
Indeed, my son is not a huge fan of Peppa Pig and had lots of fun, so its a nice place to introduce them to theme parks.
We are going in a couple of months and I am dreading the queues! Last time we went it was raining and cold so it wasn’t so bad haha!! Thank you so much for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky xx