Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park

April 17, 2015

A little pink pig has captured the imagination of a heck of a lot of toddlers. My daughter is one of them. And that's why we're here at Peppa Pig World, queuing up to take a picture with a person in a pink foam pig suit.

I don't know how big something has to be before it can be considered a 'World', but here it seems to be seven rides and a play area. I'm not trying to belittle the experience, because frankly my little girl loves this place.

If there happen to be any under-fives running around in your house, you're probably already very familiar with Peppa Pig. It's a popular British animated TV show about a pig called Peppa, who lives with her mum, dad and brother George. Episodes usually revolve around normal stuff like going to playgroup, visiting grandparents, playing in the playground or riding around on bikes. Everyday activities that little ones who are learning about the world can relate to. As well as the pig family, there are various other animal characters.

Peppa Pig World is a brightly coloured corner of Paultons Park, a family-owned amusement park in the New Forest district of Hampshire. Paultons Park covers 140 acres of land. As well as 60 rides and attractions, the park has around 80 species of birds and animals. The gentle rides on offer in Peppa Pig World include Windy Castle, George's Dinosaur Adventure, Daddy Pig's Car Ride, Grandpa Pig's Little Train, Grandpa Pig's Boat Trip, Peppa's Big Balloon Ride and Miss Rabbit's Helicopter Flight. It was a cloudy (but thankfully not rainy) day when we went. Happily, one feature of Peppa Pig land is George's Spaceship Playzone, an indoor play area with plenty of things to climb and slide down. Obviously, there's also a shop which is chock-full of Peppa Pig toys.

If you don't live nearby and want to break up the Paultons park experience with a sleep, you can get a theme park ticket and hotel package (with the second day FREE) from Play and Stay.

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