Monday, 30 June 2014

Peppa Pig World at Paultin’s Park – A must for all Peppa Pig Fans.

J loves Peppa Pig, and after watching countless episodes [why are they so short?] I have also become a fan. The cute pink pig has teenagers attitude, and has been a huge influence on J. He loves jumping up and down in muddy puddles [with his boots of course – that’s what Mummy Pig insists] feeding the ducks, and asks for chocolate cake at meal times [its Peppa’s favourite!] He also knows to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ too. When we heard about Peppa Pig world we were all excited, we were even more excited to hear that its suitable for young children so lots of rides for J to go on.

We bought our tickets online which saves a few pennies and got there early, parking was easy. With pre-purchased tickets entry was super quick; we were given a map and headed straight to Peppa Pig World.

We were WOWED! There was so much to do, we’d be advised to head for rides which get busy first so we went on Miss Rabbits helicopter ride,  and after a 10 minute queue we were flying through the air, getting a bird’s eye view of the park, STUNNING! From there we went on the balloon ride, car ride, we explored Peppa’s house, rode a dinosaur, soared in the clouds, and floated in boats. There was so much to do we had great fun. J loved pointing out the characters and got excited to see all his favourites. The queues did build on some of the popular rides [The dinosaur ride we waited 20 mins] but for others we go straight on. On a few rides the moment was captured on camera which you could buy after, unfortunately for us when the only one we looked decent in was shown, the printing machine was down – BOOOO.

Peppa Pig world has lots to see and do with everything from the gardens to paths to stalls looking like they’d been zapped straight out the show; you really were immersed into it. When we stopped for lunch there was plenty of picnic tables available to use, we were joined by some rather aggressive ducks, at first this was a novelty for J, but after nearly losing his sausage roll he found it all very scary and climbed into my lap for protection! After we explored the Mr Potato’s playground and J charged round climbing on everything following the rainbow road which led to … Muddy puddles. This time I was prepared, I’d got both J’s swimmers and his waterproofs and given the overcast weather opted to put him in his wellies and water proofs – he loved it and jumped to his heart’s content in the puddles, the fountains came on in turn and on one occasion J found himself right in the middle and got soaked! Quick cuddle from Mummy and a change of clothes later he was ready for the park again… there really is no stopping him.

I found the changing facilities disappointing, given the main customers are families they were crowded and not well placed.  In a ladies toilet in the main park there was a drop down unit,  right near the door, no cubical, so had there of been a queue we would have been in the middle of it. Likewise the unit was fine if you were tall, but for more petite ladies they would have struggled. At 5ft 8in I could just about cope.

Each ride had space nearby where you could park the buggy, for some rides I parked the buggy fairly centrally and left it there. With of course removed our valuables! It was lovely to see all the buggies lined up, it really reinforced the family vibe the park has.

 Entry to Peppa Pig World also give you entry to the rest of Paultin’s and there is so much to see and do, after the excitement of Peppa Pig we wandered through the gardens and through ‘dinosaur land’ which was lovely but a tad tired looking. Clearly money has been ploughed into Peppa Pig world in recent years and I feel that the rest of the park may have been neglected somewhat. I think it’d be a good idea to separate the pricing for Paultin’s and Peppa Pig World, having tickets for each separate area at a lower price with the option of both for a combined price, a coloured wrist band entry would help identify who has paid for what. I also think parents should be issues with a lost child sticker as standard, with so many children running around this I’m sure would help sort out separated families quickly.

The gift shop at Peppa Pig world was stocked with all manner of Peppa Pig fun and had something for everyone at all prices. We treated J to a dinosaur like George’s which he clung to – one very happy toddler.

The food outlets were ok price wise, not particularly cheap but not overly expensive. The choice wasn’t fantastic at Daddy Pig’s café but we found something for everyone to top up our picnic.

The exit is every parent’s worse nightmare ….. it’s via the toy shop – great for Paultin’s, not so great for parents,  it’s impossible to get out without seeing something that your little one wanted, I think next time a blindfold would help!

 Slummy Mummy Seal of Approval = Granted

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