Peppa at Paultons in the Precipitation

7 August 2019

A visit to Paultons Park punctuated by a few downpours as we explored Peppa Pig World and the rest of the park.

My friend Katie's son recently turned 3 years old, so along with another coaster companion we went to Paultons Park as a birthday treat to visit Peppa Pig and her pals. Unfortunately the Hampshire weather didn't play ball and there were a few downpours during the day ... even if certain phone apps swore to us that there wasn't so much as a sprinkling in the air! Despite that, we had a lot of fun being back at the park for the first time in a couple of years, taking in both Peppa Pig World and the rest of the Paultons attractions, plus having a peek over the fence at Tornado Springs under construction.

Paultons Park entrance

We met up at the main entrance under dark skies, but no rain ... yet!

Flight of the Pterosaur

Katie and her son hadn't arrived yet, so we decided to do a few of the bigger rides. First up was Flight of the Pterosaur, one of my favourite Vekoma Suspended Family Coasters.

The Dinosaur Tour Company

OK, so we paused our plan to do all the big rides to have a ride on The Dinosaur Tour Company on our way to Velociraptor.


I spot a dinosaur!


Velociraptor, the Vekoma Family Boomerang, vibrated a bit more than I remember it doing a couple of years ago.

Dino Chase

Back to the big rides ... Dino Chase...???


OK, now we're back to the big stuff - Cobra never disappoints.

Cobra hedge

Katie and Isaac arrived - the cobra got a haircut to celebrate!


While they got sorted out, we took a "quick" ride on Magma. It took ages, due to an overly large woman and a staff member who seemed unwilling to make her do the walk of shame, resulting in it taking so long fiddling with her restraint that the ride timed out and had to be reset. And the woman? Yeah, she took the walk of shame ... eventually. But Magma is fantastic and bouncy, so it was worth the wait.


The rain started as we settled down for our picnic ...


... and then it started pouring down.

Critter Creek

Critter Creek became a real creek.

Beastie Burrow

Beastie Burrow provided a few moments of dryness.

Tornado Springs

For some reason, I thought the middle of a rain storm was the best time to take photos of the Tornado Springs construction site - see my full update on Tornado Springs here.

Peppa Pig World

The time had finally come to visit Peppa.

Tractor ride

With the weather still less than adequate, we headed over to the tractor ride.


While Trekking Tractors is not actually part of Peppa Pig World, it is currently accessed through the piggy dominion, but that will all change next year when the ride becomes part of Tornado Springs.

The Queen's Flying Coach Ride

The Queen's Flying Coach Ride was new since any of us had visited the park, so we rode that next. The sun even came out for a bit!


The ride gives nice views over Peppa Pig World


It's a "monorail" that runs on three rails

Grampy Rabbit's Sailing Club

Grampy Rabbit's Sailing Club is another new ride which was added last year

Grampy Rabbit's Sailing Club

It turned out to be a much wetter ride than expected for Katie and Isaac ... but that'll make a good story for his 18th birthday!


After all the excitement, it was time for a tea break.


Peppa Pig came out to meet everybody

Windy Castle

We ignored her and went to ride on Windy Castle instead

Leaving Peppa Pig World

With the end of the day fast approaching, it was time to leave the swine world

Cat-o-pillar Coaster

Storm clouds were gathering, but we raced across the park so that Isaac could get a ride on a proper rollercoaster before the gates closed.


The day had come to an end. Even on a rainy day, Paultons Park proved why it keeps being voted the UK's Number One Amusement Park - great rides, happy staff, clean paths and a friendly atmosphere!

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