We ended our staycation in Portsmouth last month with a trip to Paulton’s Park – home to Peppa Pig World. We had the BEST day so I wanted to share some of our tips from the day. Here are 11 tips to make the most of your trip to Peppa Pig World:
- You need to pre-book.
Like most other leisure venues at the moment, you must pre-book your tickets for a trip to Paulton’s Park and Peppa Pig World. You can do this here. I have to say that the capacity of the park was really well-managed and there are hand sanitisers everywhere, including at the beginning and end of every ride.
2. Check your little ones’ heights before you go.
Kids under 1m go free so that covers most toddlers and is great considering that it’s then a blanket fee for kids over 1m. It’s always good to have an idea on their height so that you can check which rides they can go on too in order to manage expectations.
3. Download the Paulton’s Park app.
It’s free to download from the App Store and Google Play, and includes real-time queue updates and you can even mobile order from some of their food outlets on the day.
4. Get there early and head straight to Peppa Pig World.
Entry is really simple so make sure you either have your tickets printed or saved to the app and you’ll be in within seconds. Once in the park go right and head to Peppa Pig World first. You’ll feel like you’re walking with the crowd but PPW seems to get busier as the day goes on. If you’re early you might even get to see a character – we spotted George riding on The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride.
5. Go to these rides first…
The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride, Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club and Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight all get pretty busier quite quickly so I’d recommend getting on those first if you can. Keep an eye on queue times throughout the day on the app.
6. Don’t write off Lost Kingdom.
You might think, especially if you have toddlers, that you need to stay in Peppa Pig World but there’s still lots to do in the Lost Kingdom located over the other side of the park. It has a dinosaur theme so perfect for little fans of George and has some small attractions including The Dinosaur Tour Co. and Boulder Dash.
7. And visit the other smaller lands too.
There are lots of family attractions in Critter Creek whilst a trip to Little Africa allows you to get away from the crowds for a while. There’s a lovely little walk behind Peppa Pig World if you’re looking for somewhere to try and get the little one to nap.
8. You can take your own food and drink.
It never hurts to have a few snacks packed but the food is also quite reasonable and there are lots of options too. Don’t forget your mask as you’ll need it when ordering.
9. The lowdown on the gift shop…
At no point in PPW do you have to go into a gift shop, i.e. when exiting a ride, which is great because we all know how different it is to get away from there without the kids spotting something they’d like. You can also leave the park without visiting the gift shop too. If you do decide to visit there’s a real mix of price points. There’s a dedicated Peppa shop in Peppa Pig World and then a huge park store at the entrance/exit.
10. If you’re planning on getting ride pictures get a photo pass.
Individual pictures are quite steep but you can buy a photo pass for £25, which gives you four physical pictures and access to them online too, which is a huge saving. You can buy these on the day or pre-pay online.
11. COVID-19; everything you need to know.
Now obviously 2020 is full of surprises and things are constantly changing so I’d recommend keeping an eye on the park’s updates but right now face coverings are required on certain rides, in queues, in toilets and in shops and food outlets. It’s worth noting that there are no meet & greets at the moment but that characters will pop up in surprise locations throughout the day. We saw George first thing in the morning and then Mummy and Daddy Pig later in the day.
If you were thinking of visiting but not sure whether to because well this year has been pretty horrific, I’d definitely recommend. The capacity worked well and the park has a huge footprint so it’s nice and spread out, and it’s clear that there are lots of safety measures in place too.
If you have any dinosaur mad little ones, take a look at my guide of the best dinosaur days out in the West Midlands here.