So the day started out with us running late. We had intended to arrive just as the gates opened at 10:30am, but as we had to turn around 5 minutes into the journey to collect our sandwiches that we’d left in the fridge that was looking less and less likely. However on the positive side the sun was shining!
Not wanting to waste a minute once we got into the gates, those of us not driving applied our sun lotion in the car, we wanted to make sure that Peppa was the only one with a pink face that day!
We had paid for our tickets online and that meant that when we arrived at 11am (not bad) we were able to simply scan the barcodes on our tickets and walk straight in with no queuing. It was then a case of going as quickly as possible past the other Paulton Park rides to Peppa World. Everyone else seemed to be doing the exact same thing so it turned into a bit of a mother’s race. We bought the three wheeler with us so I was grateful that the racer tyres gave me an extra zip.
The first ride we came across was the Windy Castle so we abandoned the buggy and got in the queue. It took about twenty minutes for us to get to the front and we jumped aboard. I have to say that I was a little taken aback that the combination of the up and down and round and round did make me a little queasy (although I am a wimp) so although my toddler loved it I was actually glad to be back on solid ground when it finished.
It was now 11:45 and as is the way when you have a picnic lunch with you, we were all keen to dig in. Fortunately we noticed that the feeding session with the penguins was due to start at 12 so we nabbed a bench in the viewing area and it was sandwiches for us and fish for the Pingus (as my son likes to call all penguins).
Next up was the train ride and after another queue of about 20 minutes it was all aboard! This one was far less dramatic but the combination of being on a train and being driven by Grandpa Pig was a winner!
We’d conquered the land and the air so it was onto the sea and into the boats! As there were six of us adults (Grandma, Grandad, 2 Aunties and my husband and I) and we all wanted to be able to sail with E it was a case of all of us getting in the queue at different points and passing my toddler on to whoever was next. He was delighted that he had 3 go’ s in a row and we were relieved that we didn’t have to have the embarrassment of getting onto one of the little boats without a child – this was no 18-30s cruise.
After a relaxing spin in Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride we decided to sample the goods in Miss Rabbit’s Ice Cream Parlour. We were a little disappointed that she didn’t serve us herself but then maybe she was too busy with looking after her Helicopter Flight… However the ice creams were delicious and just what we needed to put the spring back in our step or should I say the hop.
‘George’s Dinosaur Adventure’ is known as the ‘big one’ as it is by far the most popular ride with the longest queues. My husband bravely decided to give it a go (brave as in keeping my toddler entertained in a 45 minute queue) and I am told it was worth the wait. This was definitely the highlight for E.
We had a quick nosy in Peppa’s house and while it was fun to see Daddy Pig serving up pancakes for his family we were put out that we weren’t offered any…
We were hoping that Daddy Pig would offer us a lift home after a long day but unfortunately his car ride only took us on two circuits around the track… So after high fives and hugs with Peppa and George at the meet and greet it was time to go home and let my little piglet have a rest.
He is already asking when we’re going back…