For Jaspers 7th birthday we surprised him (and his big brother of course!) for a big exciting day out at Paultons park in The New Forest, Hampshire. The boys had never experienced a theme park before, and Paultons park was a first for all 4 of us. Even-though Paulton’s Park is best known for it’s forever popular Peppa Pig World, they actually have other zones here that are way better, and suited to older children.
To avoid the queues, we arrived just before 10am (opening time) which worked perfectly. I had already uploaded the tickets to the Paultons Park app, so they swiftly scanned us in, and unlike 90% of the visitors that headed right towards Peppa Pig World. We turned left which avoided the crowds, and headed straight for the Lost Kingdom!
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Exploring Paultons Park Lost Kingdom
We soon found ourselves alone at the entrance to the lost kingdom, which is a dinosaur themed section of Paultons Park. As there were minimal queues, we decided to brave “Flight of the Pterosaur” straight away as that ride looked a lot of fun!
Now, I’d only ever been on one rollercoaster in my life at Chessington when I was a kid. Truth be told, just the thought of going on a rollercoaster makes my heart race & palms sweat! But after lots of encouragement the week before, I figured I would be brave and jump on one of their bigger rollercoasters with the boys straight away. In hindsight, not a great idea!
Taking a ride on Flight of the Pterosaur
The queue was under 5 minutes, so before we knew it we were on, buckled in, and the ride began to set off. Whilst going up the climb Jasper (which may I add, is an absolute daredevil on fairground rides) started saying he didn’t want to do it.
By that point we were 66ft in the air, and it was obviously too late to get off! So I tried to keep him calm, told him he was safe, and held his hand.
With that we went down the first drop – which let me tell you, felt a lot higher and faster than it looked from the ground! After a few twists and turns he looked absolutely terrified, I was also hating every moment, but trying my best not to make that obvious. The ride is only 1 minute long, so thankfully it was all over very quickly. We got off, legs like jelly. Jude and James absolutely loved it, myself and Jasper both said “NEVER AGAIN!”
Dinosaur Tour Co
To give us a little time to recover, we picked a nice gentle ride where you kept your feet firmly on the ground. The Dinosaur Tour Co, has mini 4×4 Jurassic jeeps on a track where the kids can (pretend to) drive you through a Jurassic world using double steering wheels, hooray for no sibling squabbles! The theming for this was brilliant and we all really enjoyed it.
A ride for the thrill seekers
Within Lost Kingdom there is another fast rollercoaster called Velociraptor which Jude & James couldn’t wait to get on. There was no queue, so they were zooming past us in no time! It begins with a 20 meter drop, and has a track full of tight turns reaching speeds of 40mph. The track isn’t a full loop, it just comes to an end in the sky, before it drops back down, and does it all again. Backwards!
There are a couple more ground rides in this area, one called Dragon Roundabout and another called Boulder Dash. Both spinning rides which the boys both loved.
We also discovered a nice gentle rollercoaster called Dino Chase, this one is only small and has top speeds of 15mph which we all really enjoyed. Very family friendly, perfect for little ones too!
Just outside of the Lost Kingdom there are some other fun rides. We ended up going on the Sky Swinger and Raging River Log Flume multiple times. We got absolutely soaked but it was so much fun! Highly recommend. We decided to buy this photo as it was a ride where we were all sat together.
Rides at the new Tornado Springs
Next up we headed over to the parks newest area; Tornado springs. I have to say, the theming here is incredible! You really do feel like you’re walking around some sort of old 1950’s American town. It really is VERY impressive.
First up we took a flight on the Farmyard Flyer. There was no queue so we jumped right in. This rollercoaster is styled to look like a plane, it does two laps and is great fun. We all loved it so much, that we ran back around and jumped straight back on again! It also helped myself & Jasper build up a bit of bravery!
Jude was desperate to go on the Cyclonator so him and James got on that, the pendulum spins and swings 25m up in the air and is definitely not for the faint hearted. Jame’s is good on rides, but even he felt a little queasy after all the spinning on this one.
There are so many great rides inside Tornado Springs. Jude and James went on Storm Chaser twice, both times the queue was under 10 minutes. We all really enjoyed Windmill Towers and Buffalo Falls were fab – A super fast water slide dinghy race. It’s brilliant!
Quick visit to Peppa Pig World
We had a walk around Peppa Pig World, but we only went on a couple rides here as the boys weren’t really interested in this section of the park, (age 7 & 8) The queues here were much longer and the rides much slower. However, I can see why Peppa Pig World is very popular with younger children.
Going on the rides at Critter creek
Next up we headed over to Critter Creek and went on Cat-a-pillar coaster which was ace. Myself and Jasper were a little apprehensive to go on this one, but we needn’t have been. It’s a great family coaster ride. (Scarier than Farmyard Flyer, but milder than Flight of the Pterosaur) A perfect middle ground thats a lot of fun!
Cobra ride at Paultons Park
We then headed all the way over to the far end of the park, where we found a rollercoaster called Cobra. It took a lot of convincing, but Jude & James managed to get myself and Jasper on this ride. This ride is the only one of its type in the UK, it has steep scary drops, sharp turns, exhilarating spirals and some really fun humps!
It was absolutely brilliant! A ride I never thought I would have gone on!
Now that we had done so many rides, we decided to brave the very first rollercoaster again. “Flight of the Pterosaur” after vouching “never again” earlier in the morning, well, we did it! And it ended up becoming our new favourite ride! Our 4th go on it and we were all going around with our hands in the air haha!
Getting food & drink at Paultons Park
There are plenty of restaurants and places to get food dotted all around Paultons park. You can easily find them on the app, which shows you a map of the site. We chose to bring a picnic with us to help keep the cost down, but we did buy some sweets and some extra drinks from a couple kiosks throughout the park. As to be expected it wasn’t the cheapest, so i’m glad we brought a picnic.
Address for Paultons Park
Paultons Family Theme Park is well sign posted and easy to find in the New Forest. Use this address:
Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World, Ower, Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire, SO51 6AL
Peppa Pig World seems to be really busy in the morning. If you’re not going for that, I would suggest to leave that section until the afternoon!
Download the free Paultons Park app! You can upload your tickets to it and save all the rides you really want to go on. Plus you can see live queue times, along with show times for the 4D cinema. It’s also handy to use the map and see where to go.
We all had a fantastic family day out at Paultons Park, and were super lucky that we never had to wait more than 10 minutes in a queue. The rides here are brilliant, and we feel like the boys were the perfect age for it as they could go on everything!
The park is so clean and well kept, but the theming in Lost Kingdom & Tornado Springs is incredible! I’m sure we will be back again in the future….
Turns out we came back again for Jasper’s following birthday, and it was brilliant yet again!
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