A heart family day out at Paulton’s Park

Each year, Families of Ocean Ward organise a day out at Paultons Park for the heart children who have been treated on the ward, and their families.  It’s become one of the highlights in our summer calendar – the girls get to spend a day at Peppa Pig World and we get to meet up with other heart families too.  This time around, we also had Auntie Fizz and cousins Ebony and Erin staying with us, which made it even more fun.

Looking across at Peppa's Big Balloon Ride in Peppa Pig World with the text "A heart family day out at Paultons Park"

We arrived early at Paultons Park to pick up our tickets and headed straight for Peppa Pig World and the Windy Castle ride.  Hubby was a little too enthusiastic about spinning our gondola although Jessica and Sophie seemed to enjoy it even if Mummy wasn’t quite so keen!  Auntie Fizz, Ebony and Erin joined us on Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride while hubby headed to Daddy Pig’s Big Tummy Café for his favourite strawberry milkshakes.

Auntie Fizz and Erin with Sophie on Peppa's Big Balloon Ride

Me, Ebony and Jessica on Peppa's Big Balloon Ride

We stopped for a photo with Peppa and George outside Madame Gazelle’s schoolroom before getting in the queue for George’s Dinosaur Adventure.  Auntie Fizz and Daddy stayed outside to watch us on the ride but as we reached the front of the queue, we realised that both Sophie and Jessica needed to go on with an adult.  While Ebony and Erin were big enough to go on by themselves, they weren’t old enough to be able to take either of the little ones on the ride.  Cue some frantic shouting and gesturing to Auntie Fizz to come back over and take Sophie on the ride while I went on with Jessica!

Me and Jessica riding a dinosaur on the George's Dinosaur Adventure ride

Mummy and Daddy Pig were wandering around as we left George’s Dinosaur Adventure.  We’ve only ever met Peppa and George on our previous visits so the girls were very excited about getting to meet Mummy and Daddy Pig too!

Ebony, Erin and Jessica meeting Daddy Pig at Peppa Pig World

We’ve tended to stay in Peppa Pig World during our previous visits to Paultons Park as Jessica and Sophie love it so much there.  Having the two older girls with us though was the perfect excuse to head off to some other parts of the park and find some rides that we hadn’t tried before.

Jessica chatting to another little heart warrior who has the same heart condition

In the meantime though, it was time to stop for lunch and meet up with the other heart families.  We managed to catch up with another heart family who we’ve been in touch with for several years – their daughter has the same heart condition as Jessica and it was lovely to see the two little girls sitting and chatting together.  There was a little stream next to our picnic area and it wasn’t long before the girls had taken their shoes and socks off to go for a paddle.

Jessica paddling in the stream

While hubby took Jessica and Sophie off to play in one of the play areas, I took advantage of the opportunity to go on the Flight of the Pterosaur – a suspended dinosaur rollercoaster – with my sister and nieces.  It’s been quite a long time since I last went on a rollercoaster and it was fun to be able to do it again.

Jessica and Sophie on the Seal Falls ride

We found a couple more rides that Jessica and Sophie could enjoy.  They loved Seal Falls, a mini log flume ride aimed at small children.  Ebony and Erin were quite disappointed that they were too big to go on it with them! They were a little too big for the next ride – the Digger ride – too, but the ride operator let them go on with the little ones and all four girls seemed to be enjoying themselves!

The four girls riding on the Digger ride

Jessica wanted to go to the splash area next and the two older girls wanted more rollercoasters so we split up for a while.  I wasn’t sure how long Jessica would cope with the splash area as it was starting to get a cooler and rainy but she and Sophie were quite happy running around in the rain, jumping in the fountains and splashing about.  Thankfully, there was a big people dryer nearby so that when Jessica did start getting cold and needed to come out, it was easy to warm her back up.

Jessica and Sophie having fun in the splash area

Having got dried and warm again though – naturally Jessica’s choice for our final ride of the day had to be the Raging River log flume ride.  Thank goodness for waterproofs though – we didn’t get as wet as I thought we might!

Me, Erin, Ebony and Jessica on the Raging River log flume ride

It was lovely to have a family day out and to explore some of Paultons Park outside of Peppa Pig World too! There are still areas of the park that we’ve yet to visit though – maybe we’ll get to explore them next time.


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26 thoughts on “A heart family day out at Paulton’s Park

    1. The dinosaur bit was fun – my nieces loved it although my girls were a little young for rides there.

  1. Hey Louise,

    You are all very lucky to get an awesome moment to spend time with family. Beautiful photos indeed.

    Seems like you all guys are in fun and rummy mood. The inside view of Paultons Park looks great and hope you entertain very well visiting Paultons Park. Kids are looking so cute while playing together in ground.

    Really, you are very responsible mom who care bring happiness in child. We never forget whole life, spending such awesome moment with family. I still remember my all family member, when I was about 9 we had gone for a trip and we had enjoyed lot there.

    Thank you very much for sharing your wonder family experience with us.

    With best wishes,
    – Ravi.

  2. I can’t believe i still haven’t been here yet. Looks like a lot of fun and your girls look like they had a brilliant day out x

  3. How lovely to be able to share the day with your sister and her two girls. I bet your two loved having them around. I can imagine its great to meet up with other heart families too. The windy city ride appeals. Not so much the idea of a ride, but how it looks. Like an oversized hot air balloon mobile. #CountryKids

  4. It’s great that you got to visit the park again this year and had the added bonus of the cousins accompanying you too. I bet Jessica and Sophie loved exploring the new area of the park that they’d never been to before. All of my lot have got to the age now where they’re desperate to go to all the big theme parks so make the most of Peppa Pig World whilst they’re still interested!

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

    1. We’ll definitely be making the most of them enjoying the smaller rides while we can! Was so lovely to enjoy the day out with my sister and nieces too though 🙂

  5. what a great thing to organise. We loved it at Paultons – am sure I never saw the mini log flume – what a great ride. #countrykids

  6. What a lovely day out! We’ve never been to Paultons, it’s a little way away from us so we’ve never really thought to, I might have to look into it next year.

    1. It’s such a fun day out – and not quite as expensive as some of the other theme parks which is also good 🙂

  7. Sounds like a good day out, and nice to be able to share it with family as well. Handy to have an excuse to explore some of the rest of the park. #countrykids

    1. It was good to see some more of the park – as much as the girls love Peppa Pig World it’s nice to escape it after a while! 🙂

    1. Thanks Merlinda, it was a lovely day. I hope one day you and your son will be able to visit x

    1. It certainly is – my two are starting to outgrow Peppa Pig but they still love it there 🙂

  8. Love the photo of you all on the Raging River Ride – that’s a classic shot!
    What a lovely day out with your friends from Families from Ocean Ward, and how lovely that you all catch up with each other. We haven’t yet been to Paultons Park, its something that’s just a bit to far to get to in a day but your time looks like so much fun, maybe we need to explore it and organise a weekend away!
    You all like you’re having so much fun

    1. It’s quite far for us for a day trip too – we had to leave very early but it was worth it – a weekend away sounds like a better way to do it though! 🙂

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