Peppa Pig World // Southampton, UK
Peppa Pig World is part of Paultons Park which is located just outside of Southampton in the U.K. We had passed it up when we arrived in Europe on the Queen Mary 2. We didn’t want to miss it again, three years later, when we left Europe, by boat once again. We scheduled a few days in Southampton before our boat left and spent one full day enjoying all Paultons Park had to offer.
We arrived at Paultons Park by bus. Although the amusement park is only 18 min by car from Southampton, the bus took about an hour. We enjoyed some views though, sitting on the front of the top deck of the double decker bus. The bus drops off right in the front of the park.
We arrived as the park opened and headed right to Peppa Pig World, which makes up just one part of this enormous amusement park. Peppa Pig World was packed! There was no way to dodge the crowds in Peppa Pig World, so we just had to pick and choose what we wanted to ride.
Peppa Pig World is made up of all attractions that the whole family can enjoy. None of them are particularly thrilling or special, but they all have the characters our kids love. If you can’t stand the Peppa Pig Theme playing on repeat, this is not the place for you. On the upside, we repeatedly sighed “Daddy Pig” at Jeff during our visit, which was just plain fun.
Our Little Little slept in the stroller for a bit of the day, so we took turns riding things with the Big and Middle. Jeff got all the rides that go in circles.
My favorite of the Peppa rides was the bouncing dinosaurs. These guys bounce all around the garden and are just so much fun to watch. Little kids can ride with an adult. The Big Little was able to ride on his own.
The water raft ride is worth the wait. There are lots of little scenes from Peppa Pig as you float in your shaded raft. The line also offers plenty of good vantage points over Peppa Pig World, which kept the kids entertained.
Don’t miss the Peppa Pig playground. All the littles loved playing here and we couldn’t resist getting a photo with Mr. Potato.
We also can’t resist any ride where the kids get to drive! We loved the double steering wheels and button for the kids to push.
We ventured out of Peppa Pig World to find lunch, just because this section of the park was so crowded! The food options were all pretty similar, but we loved the kids meals where you get to pick a bunch of options to make your own lunch. The kids picked yogurts and fruit and were well fed.
Then we explored the other parts of the park. There are so many rides the kids could enjoy. The viking ships were a big hit.
The farm tractors drive through a landscape of real plants while narration tells you all about farming.
Despite the sheer number of carousels we have ridden, we couldn’t pass up this two-story masterpiece!
The Big Little was super brave and did the slide with Jeff. He was laughing the whole way down!
As with many of Europe’s amusement parks, there are nature walks you can venture out on. We loved exploring these. One was full of animal sculptures!
Just when we thought we could’t take any more the kids found the indoor playground with the best ball pit. There were all these places to stuff balls into so that they occasionally exploded out the top. The boys were in ball pit heaven and played here for another forty-five minutes.
We spent way longer at Paultons Park than expected. It can easily fill a full day. They do have lodging options at the park, but staying in the city gave us many more options.
I highly recommend this as a fun family outing if you have Peppa Pig loving kids like we do.