“PEPPA Pig, Peppa Pig!” and “Father Christmas!” cried our three very excited young children as we got out of the car at Paultons Park on a beautiful autumn day. It was the reopening of the park for the festive season with the added attraction of Santa’s Christmas Wonderland.
We decided to break the children in gently with a stroll around the gardens and lake and to see the animals.
The main park, on the original site of Paultons House, has rolling lawns, exotic bird aviaries and forest walks, as well as rides and play areas.
After feeding their imaginations in Land of the Dinosaurs, we hopped on the Rio Grande Train for a tour of the park disembarking at Peppa Pig World (or ‘toddler heaven’ as it should be known).
Here there are seven magical rides, slides and play parks, all toddler-sized and decorated in bright primary colours and Peppa’s signature sky-blue and piggy-pink.
The favourite TV characters also play part of the Christmas experience with fantastic illuminations and decorated trees – a sight worth seeing which put the children in the mood for Santa’s Christmas Wonderland.
On entering, we wandered through the enchanted land to see Rudolph and Donner – the singing reindeers – and watched the elves working hard in their toy shop to make sure everything is ready for Christmas Eve. At the end of the journey the children met Santa himself who gave them an exciting present!
Alongside all of this, is a magical ice wonderland, filled with adorable animated singing characters. And it wasn’t just the children that were entertained, as there were mince pies and hot fruit punch for parents to enjoy in the Christmas-themed Village Life Museum.
So much fun packed into a day out made this a perfect pre-Christmas treat for all the family.