Where did you go this Easter? Did you have a good break? We had! We went to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park, and had a fabulous time even though it was chucking down on the second day!
We haven't been on a proper holiday since 2008 when Abby was only three months old. That is excluding all the day trips and visiting families trips of course. So even though we are in a recession and I really wanted to boycott the Government for creating a fuel scare by not refuelling our car, we decided that we
should must go away for Easter.
To make sure that we weren't going for another day trip, we decided to go to Peppa Pig World that is 5 hours drive away from ours. We took their Short Breaks deal that included two days entry, and one night stay at a hotel (we went for Holiday Inn at Eastleigh. More about the hotels and food in a separate post) that included breakfast (and swimming pool at ours!).
We aren't the rushing-through-holiday kind of people, so we took our time and arrived after noon. The weather was cloudy but dry, and there were lots of people. We parked at the second car park next to the road (the silver blue car at the bottom corner of the above picture), and by the time we left, our car was covered with a good layer of sand/ dust. If you can avoid, do not ever park next to the road!
Getting to Peppa Pig World
To be honest I was quite confused getting there, I thought that the tots area and the smaller rides on our way from Paultons Park's entrance to Peppa Pig World's entrance were part of Peppa Pig World! So I was kinda shocked with how fast the rides were haha!
|Soon after entering Paultons Park, past the |
|Getting all excited before we went into Peppa Pig World|
Straight after we walked past the Paultons Park's train ride and Peppa Pig World's entrance, we felt like we have entered a La La Land (in an inoffensive way). Everything was cute, brightly coloured with Peppa Pig characters and buildings around the park. The cute songs in the background that were playing repeatedly really put the children in the mood. Even adults couldn't help themselves but danced and hummed to it (yes I was one of them).
|Grandpa Pig's House|
|The school's playground|
|The Paddling Ducks 'swam' around the rock and quacks. |
Abby thought that she could feed them! Love the signboard!
|Peppa and George statue in front of |
Peppa Pig's Toy Shop
Rides, Play and See
It was so busy we spent more time queueing than anything else. Each ride's estimated queueing time was 25-35 minutes, and Abby plus many other little children were getting fed up. However, we did manage to get on four out of the seven rides, and while Abby was playing in Mr. Potato's Playground, I went to check out Peppa Pig's Toy Shop.
|Candy Cat's Game - £2 to throw 2 balls|
You get a price if you can keep both balls in the basket
|Meeting Peppa and George|
Times: 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm
|Daddy Pig's Car Ride|
|Inside Peppa's House, listening to a funny pancake story|
|Grandpa Pig's Little Train|
|Mr Potato's Playground|
|Peppa's Big Balloon Ride|
|Miss Rabbit's Helicopter Flight|
Peppa Pig's Toy Shop
I always knew there are a lot of Peppa Pig's merchandise out there, but when they put everything in one shop, it is really impressive with how many there are! I wanted to buy something for the kids, but I had no clue what to get. So I checked with Erica, the store manager, what merchandise are exclusive to Peppa Pig World.
Although very busy, Erica has been very helpful and showed me around. She also told me that their exclusive range is expanding, and there are much to look forward to for any Peppa Pig fans!
|Not for sale giant Mr. Dinosaur|
|Part of their merchandise|
|Toiletries and First Aid|
|They do Muddy Puddle Chocolate Pancake Mix, cute!|
Exclusive to Peppa Pig World
|Bottles and Mugs|
|Teddy and Mr. Dinosaur plush toys|
|Ballerina Peppa and Pirate George plush toys|
|Mummy and Daddy Pig T-shirts|
And their other T-shirts, PJs and hoodies.
Before we went to Peppa Pig World, I have already read somewhere that their food choices were quite limited and they didn't even have hot food inside Peppa Pig World. However, they do have a hot dog stand outside Daddy Pig's Big Tummy Cafe, and a new restaurant is opening this Summer that is right at the entrance of Peppa Pig World. Hopefully there will be more hot food choices.
|Hot dog stand outside Daddy Pig's Big Tummy Cafe|
|There doesn't seem to be any hot food serving|
|The Railroad Diner will open this Summer|
|Half toffee and half salted popcorn.|
We poured them into the candy floss bucket, air-tight!
We tried their candy floss, soft ice-cream with a coloured edge, toffee and salted popcorn, and hot dog. I wasn't too keen in their ice-cream as it was a bit tasteless to me (I had the Blue Vanilla one), but their popcorn were fantastic! Every popcorn were coated evenly with either toffee or salt, so they were really tasty. And there weren't many unpopped kernels either, which you get a lot of from cinemas!
The hot dog was not at all outstanding, but the boiled onions that you can add turned this boring hot dog into the best hot dog I've ever had!
It tasted like pickled onions but the balance between sweet and sour was perfect! I asked the kiosk keeper what exactly it was but all I got from her is boiled onions. I wish I can be let into their recipe!
Although we were there for only a few hours, our feet were hurting from all the standing in queues. It's a good thing that we planned to go back on Monday instead. We had a fantastic time relaxing on Sunday, which I will tell you more about on another post, after I post about our second day at Peppa Pig World.