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Peppa Pig World Preview

17/04/2011 18:46 | Updated 22 May 2015

Peppa Pig World, a theme park dedicated to every young child's favourite pink porcine pal, opens next week at Paultons Park in Hampshire.

And on a gloriously sunny Saturday, celebrity mums including Tina O'Brien, Natalie Cassidy, Natasha Kaplinsky and Cerys Matthews came along with their families to preview the rides - and Parentdish was there too.

Only it wasn't a red carpet that greeted us, but a rainbow coloured path into Mr Potato's Playground.

So what does Peppa Pig World have to offer?

Whilst it's not a huge area, there's plenty packed in to the clean and bright Peppa Pig World to keep your toddlers and children busy for hours. There are seven rides in total - some of them go quite high above the ground, but all are sedate enough for under-eights to enjoy safely. We had fun on the Windy Castle (pictured above), where you can ride in magical clouds, spinning as they bob up and down.

Queues quickly built up for George's Dinosaur Ride - a mini train where you can trot along on your own personal prehistoric ride, based on Peppa's brother George's favourite toy. Daddy Pig's Car Ride and Grandpa Pig's Little Train also offered a gentle journey round the park.

Visitors can take a peek inside a recreation of Peppa's house, where animatronic versions of the Pig family discuss the vexed problem of what to have on their pancakes. Just like our house, really.

Bring along a towel and swimwear to make the most of the Muddy Puddles area, where the water fountains might take you by surprise.

Daddy Pig's Big Tummy Cafe has all the usual snacks - a children's meal including five items and a piece of fruit will set you back £4.05. There's plenty of outside seating if you prefer to bring your own picnic. Next to the cafe, George's Spaceship Play Zone is a large indoor soft play area - we liked the recycling-themed section best.

Once the rides and attractions have worn you out, there's the world's largest all-Peppa toy shop to enjoy. Good luck on getting out of that one with your wallet intact.

And when you're all pigged-out, don't forget the rest of Paultons Park with its roller coasters, animals and attractions - Cerys Matthews tweeted that she liked the water slides best of all.

Peppa Pig World was always going to be a huge success - last year £200 million worth of Peppa merchandise was sold in the UK, overtaking Thomas the Tank Engine to become the UK's best-selling pre-school brand. I don't think Peppa fans will be disappointed with all the fun that's on offer. Your biggest challenge will be packing it all in.

Paultons Park is expecting an extra 60,000 visitors a year thanks to Peppa, so if you're planning a visit, try to avoid weekends and head for the rides you want straight away. Though since pre-schoolers get tired easily, you might find the rides less busy at the end of the day.

Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park opens to the public on Saturday 9th April. It's close to the New Forest, just off Junction 2 of the M27. Children under 1 metre go free, individual tickets on the gate are £21. Discounts apply for families, seniors and online booking here.

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