Paultons Leisure Park in Hampshire, on the edge of the New Forest, is a great family day out with over 50 different attractions and rides incorporated in the price. The mixture of things to see & do includes exciting & gentle rides, dinosaurs, museums, animated shows, play areas, exotic birds & other fun activities for all ages in garden location. Some of the attractions listed below are:
The Jumping Bean: This is remarkably 12 metres high, the Jumping Bean is an exciting upright drop ride which rises steadily & then brings riders back down to earth when you don’t expect it. But that's not all! You are then bounced directly back up to be dropped again numerous times over!
The Jumping Jack: Jumping Bean's tiny brother is a mini-drop ride giving younger kids ( & less daring parents!) the chance to feel the thrill of free falling.
Unique Suggestions: People can rent a trundle cart or stroll-a-saurus for taking young children. Trundle Carts cost £2.50 each per day & Stroll-A-Saurus Kiddie Karts cost £5.00 each per day PLUS a deposit of £20.00. Deposits are paid back on the return of the stroller-trundle cart in good quality condition. The carts can be used to transport toddlers & small children, but aren’t not appropriate for babies. There’s a First Aid Centre ran by trained staff & also acts as a Lost Children or Lost Parents meeting point. If you should misplace a child, please speak to any member of staff who will be able to seek help you. You can breast feed at the baby care centre, & there’s also services for changing nappies in the ladies & gents toilets. Baby & food heating is on hand at restaurants & kiosks.
Passes are given to drivers so that you car, or see the shop at the entry. A payphone is obtainable at the Park entrance, just before the Park Admission Gate.
Fun Alternatives: The Gift Shop & the Trading Post at the exit have fascinating & curious presents for the whole family, together with a range of souvenirs. The Cabin in Kids Kingdom has lots for kids & the Station Shop has a large choice of gifts counting 'collectables'. The huge array of toys, novelties, presents & souvenirs gives everyone a choice with prices to suit all budgets.
Resturants & cafe's
Wagoners Self-Service Restaurant - The Wagoners Self-Service Restaurant is open daily from 10.00am & closes roughly one hour before the Park shuts (see notice at entrance for daily times). Other cooking outlets may be closed depending on time of year & weather. Others are:
Paultons Park Ltd
Ower, nr. Romsey
Tel: (023) 8081 4442
JUST OFF EXIT 2 OF THE M27
The X7 Salisbury-Southampton service (Mon-Sat except Public Holidays) - Stops at the Vine Inn, Ower (walk down drive). During certain Wiltshire School Holidays some journeys go to the Park Entrance. On Sundays and Public Holidays this service is numbered X71 - Buses go to the Park entrance during normal opening hours.
Summertime Specials: X28 Lymington-Paultons - Wednesdays only from 28th July to 25th August. X25 Bournemouth-Poole-Paultons - Mondays only from 26th July to 30th August. For further details contact Wilts & Dorset Bus Company on 01722 336855 or www.wdbus.co.ukRelated to:
- Theme Park Trips
Longdown Activity Farm
They have cows – two different breeds. The large black & white cows are Friesian Holstein & the lesser toffee coloured cows are Jerseys. Visitors can watch the cows being milked every afternoon between 2.30 & 4 pm from the viewing gallery. The sick bay & the maternity unit are eternally on view to the public, & if you are really fortunate, you may see a calf being born. Olly Neagle looks after the herd, & shows some of his Jersey cows in competition at the New Forest Show, & other local Shows. Around the Farm are examples of most of the usual farm animals, as well as some less common creatures. Look out for the following:
Goats: There are over 100 goat kids on the Farm. The younger ones need to be bottle-fed, while the larger ones eat from plates!
Poultry: All sorts of chickens, ducks & geese, as well as bronze turkeys.
join in the egg-collecting?
Horses: Two charming Shetland ponies, Ben and Joe : Billy, the enormous Shire horse, plus Ellie, the donkey.
Rabbits: Kerry Pass is in charge of the rabbit & guinea pig breeding plan. Rabbits are usually offered for sale to good homes. Speak to Kerry, or any member of farm staff.
Unique Suggestions: Each year Santa arrives for a visit to Longdown, taking up house in his own special grotto where he welcomes visits from children of all ages. This is a good time to see the animals in their winter homes & enjoy all the usual farm activities, including bottle-feeding goat kids and calves, handling small animals & helping with animal grooming. The indoor play areas are also open at this time, so no matter what the weathers like, it’s worth a visit. Every child gets a present from Santa & has the chance to tell him what they would really like to be given on Christmas Day.
Fun Alternatives: Opening dates 2004
Open from 10am to 5 pm
From 14th February to 23rd DecemberRelated to:
- Family Travel
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