On Wednesday we had our first ever trip to Paulton’s Park. Many of our friends have season tickets for this family friendly theme park as it is not very far away, but I had put off visiting partly due to the cost and partly because I knew that once Daniel realised such a place existed, he would want to go there all the time! The time had come, however, when I felt that we had enjoyed his ignorance for too long and I was starting to feel a bit guilty that we hadn’t taken him. He had picked up that lots of his friends go to a place called Peppa Pig World and, the other week at a motorway service station, saw a billboard advertising it and was very excited about the concept.
We had a fantastic day as the weather was once again beautiful. I had arranged to meet my sister-in-law Nicky at Paulton’s Park as I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to take two children on my own – not knowing whether there might be lots of two seater rides. However, I needn’t have worried as it would have been fine to go on the majority of the rides with both the children together.
We started the day in Peppa Pig World where the rides were very tame but enjoyable for Daniel and Joshua. We did most of the rides but for some of them we did have to queue for quite a long time. There was one that Joshua was too small for, but otherwise he enjoyed going on all of them. There were also plenty of ducks (both real and plastic!) to look at as well as a range of other animals including meerkats and flamingos.
We took a picnic lunch and there were more than enough picnic tables dotted around for everyone to enjoy eating outside, even though it was a very busy day. There were also plenty of places where you could buy food. I had left our cool bag in the car and was easily able to nip back and get it at lunchtime but there are lockers on site which we could have used if we had wanted to.
During the afternoon, we went on some of the rides in the rest of Paulton’s Park. Once again, there were many that Daniel was tall enough to go on (he is 104cm) including some of the scarier ‘thriller’ rides. There were many rides and other parts of the park that we didn’t get the chance to explore simply because we ran out of time.
One of the things that impressed me most about Paulton’s Park was the way in which they obviously take great pride in their site and the attractions. Everything was clean and well-maintained. Because of this, and the fact that the children were able to go on many of the rides, the price feels more reasonable than it might do otherwise. Joshua, being under 1 metre tall, is admitted free which is fantastic given that he was able to do a lot of the rides. Daniel however, at just over a metre, pays full price – the same as an adult. I can understand the appeal of having a season ticket if you have a child under a metre (and I reckon it could take Josh a while to reach the metre mark), but the cost of two full price season tickets at almost £200 does sound rather extortionate.
We will definitely plan to visit Paulton’s Park again and I am sure that, even after two visits, there will be much we won’t have been able to fit in.