Since returning from PPW 2 weeks ago my DD (22 months) has asked to go there every morning, every time we get dressed, every time we get in the car etc.
To be fair I can’t really blame her: for a Peppa Pig fanatic this was heaven.
Admission is on a par with other theme parks and when you weigh up the cost v the sheer delight on your DC faces, it’s worth every pound. If your DC needs a nap in the day, you can tackle PPW, then head over to the beautiful gardens for a walk around whilst they hopefully nod off in the buggy. Grab your-self a coffee and recharge, before hitting the rides again in the afternoon.
We visited on a Friday and queues were never more than 5 minutes. We returned on the Saturday and they were closer to 15/20. Rides were quieter during character meet times, so if you’ve already ticked those off (or the DC don’t <ahem> know they’re happening) make the most of shorter queues.
There are 7 rides in Peppa Pig world, along with a playground and mini splash zone – for muddy puddle jumping obvs. Rides are all superbly executed – both myself and DH enjoyed them and appreciated the attention to detail. Rides are v short, 2/3 mins max.
PPW is actually part of Paultons Theme Park, which is also well worth exploring. For my two DC (22 months and 4yrs) there were a few more additional rides they could go on and we all enjoyed a stroll around the gardens.
We stopped the night at the Holiday Inn in Winchester (separate review in hotel section). This was a wise move as we got 2 days in the park and didn’t have a long drive on the second day. For our second day we arrived just as the park opened at 10. Rides don’t start until 10.30 and you queue inside prior to this (you can grab a coffee in the shop). We didn’t join this queue and took a scenic walk to PPW –theme park virgins—but even so managed to do 3 rides back-to-back before the park got busy.
1)Take a buggy – PPW is a 5 – 10 min walk through Paultons. It’s also a handy place to stash picnics, bags, change of clothes etc and to be honest everyone felt like a ride in the buggy at the end of the day. If you don’t want to take your own, you can hire them as you enter Paultons.
2)You are not allowed to queue with a buggy and there are no official buggy parks, everyone just leaves there buggy near individual rides.
3)Do take change of clothes for the DC to switch into after a splash in the muddy puddles section. And a towel if you visit mid April.
4)If you think you want some of the official photos, then when you exit a ride head straight to the photo desks and note your number. You don’t need to purchase them there and then, but noting the number saves trawling through 100s later.
5)Miss Rabbits Helicopter has the longest wait v ride time - you go around twice, then stop-start-stop-star as people get on/ off (IYSWIM). Therefore, if you really want to do this do it early on when queues are short. Otherwise you’ll have queued for a while, got on, gone round twice (all of 2 minutes) then spent time stopping and starting letting people on/off. – disclaimer: we may have had a bad experience with overtired DC at the end of the day. It was a somewhat fraught ride--
6)Food and drink is affordable and, by theme park standards, pretty good. That said, you can take a picnic in and stash it on your buggy. We opted for taking our own basics, with top-up ice-creams and coffees
7)There are lockers just outside PPW so you can safely stow your bags if you’re not comfortable leaving them on your buggy. They are by the entrance/exit to the right of the shop – not by the main entrance.
8)George’s Dinosaur ride is the only real ride where height restrictions come into play (every other ride requires an adult to accompany). If your DC are taller than 1m 10 they have to ride alone. This applied to DS (4) and I thought he wouldn’t do it, but he did and loved it. If they are under 85cm they can’t go on and between 85cm and 1m 10cm need to ride with an adult
9) There are mobile phone charging boxes in the soft-play. Genius
In summary, if you’ve a Peppa Pig mad DC then you must visit. We had a ball and will be back!