Day Out with the Kids: Paultons Theme Park Review, Hampshire, The New Forest

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Updated February 2023

September 2021

We had a few days away, staying at a Travelodge in The New Forest, as the kids were desperate to visit Paultons Park after their cousins couldn’t stop talking about it! We had a fantastic day and it’s one of the cleanest, well-run attractions that we’ve visited.

Whilst it’s home to Peppa Pig World too, which is great news for those with little ones, the other side of the park is all aimed at older kids – so there’s lots of fun to be had! (This review is based on the main park, as we didn’t venture into the area for the little ones.)

What’s there for the kids to do?

There were literally no queues when we visited, which was a weekday in September. (On some of the rides we were literally the only people on an empty rollercoaster!) It was a boiling hot, sunny day – fantastic weather for making the most of all of the rides.

The rides are perfect for pre-teens and teens – my two were able to go on everything and they were tall enough (aged 8 and 10) to go on most of things without an adult for when we’d had enough, or were feeling a bit green! 😂

There are loads of rollercoasters, a log flume (which was a saviour on the hot day we visited!) and even a driving school which they really enjoyed.

These were their favourite rides…

Day Out with the Kids, Paultons Theme Park, frugal mum family, rollercoaster

Day Out with the Kids, Paultons Theme Park, frugal mum family, log flume

Day Out with the Kids, Paultons Theme Park, frugal mum family, driving school

Day Out with the Kids, Paultons Theme Park, frugal mum family, rollercoaster

Day Out with the Kids, Paultons Theme Park, frugal mum family, rollercoaster

Day Out with the Kids, Paultons Theme Park, frugal mum family, rollercoaster


What facilities are there?

There are restaurants and food huts around the site, as well as lots of toilets.  We only bought ice-creams, and instead brought a picnic and snacks to keep us going all day. There are lovely grassy areas dotted around where you can sit and have a break from the chaos while you eat.

There’s tons of free parking, and you can have your hand stamped so that you can to-and-fro to the car if you want to bring a picnic but not carry it around all day. We also hired a locker for our drinks bottles, jumpers and snacks so we could help ourselves as needed without carrying everything around.

For safety reasons, some of the rides will close in the event of wet weather or high winds so make sure that you look ahead at the forecast before you book. For a fee of £20, you’re able to change the date of your visit if need be.


Is it good value for money?

There’s no way around the fact that Paultons Park is an expensive day out if your kids are over 1m! (Children under 1m can enter for free – and there’s loads for them to do in the Peppa Pig area.) However, compared to other theme parks such as Chessington (where the kids spent hours queueing, and only went on a handful of rides!) Paultons presents much better value for money.

We paid around £150 for our family of four, back in September 2021, but we all really enjoyed it – the rides are fab and we were there all day so the kids definitely got their money’s worth! (Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to find any voucher codes or offers for Paultons Park to reduce the cost – they don’t take part in cereal box offers or the Tesco Clubcard Scheme.)


These are the current prices: (Accurate February 2023)

Day Out with the Kids, Paultons Theme Park, ticket prices


My two stayed on loads of the rides, for multiple goes in a row, as there weren’t any queues, and they went on everything at least half a dozen times across the day. Whilst we did visit term-time, my sister has taken her kids several times during the summer holidays and also spent very little time queueing – so that’s definitely a win for Paultons!

The Peppa Pig World zone within the park was definitely busier than the area we were in, so that’s something to consider, but it was by no means as packed as when we’ve had other days out in the past at places like Legoland. With two sides to the park, it’s a fab day out for families with children aged 2 to 14. If you’ve got children of different ages, Paultons would be a great option as it offers something for everyone.

The whole park is also really clean and well-run, compared with other similar places, and the staff were all friendly and welcoming. My two still talk about Paultons now (and ask to go back!) so whilst the cost means it’s not somewhere we’ll visit too often, it’s definitely a great family day out! Paultons is, without a doubt, the best family-friendly theme park that we’ve visited in the UK.


Useful information for your visit…


Pets:  No dogs

Parking:  Yes, free

Facilities:  Restaurants, food huts, parking, toilets, picnic areas

Address: Paultons Park, Ower, Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire SO51 6AL

For up-to-date opening times and prices, please check their website.


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