Solar success for theme park

Family theme park, Paultons Park, is leading the way in encouraging renewable energy following its recent planning application to install solar panels on the roof of its new 30,000 square foot welcome building.

Paultons Park is keen to build on its commitment of providing a sustainable energy source and add to its existing number of solar panels already running efficiently at the Hampshire-based attraction.

The management team is currently going through the process of applying for formal planning permission for the installation of the additional solar panels and has received support from the local Parish Council.

Commenting on the planning application, Paultons Park commercial director, Stephen Lorton, said: “As part of our corporate social responsibility, we put great emphasis on sustainability and explore options to make the theme park environmentally-friendly.

“Once installed, the energy generated by the solar panels is expected to meet around 20 per cent of the park’s annual needs and represents a £300,000 investment for us to self-generate electricity.”

If planning is approved, it will be the fourth set of solar panels to be commissioned and will be installed on the roof of the welcome building, which was officially opened to the public in 2014, and is home to the theme park’s Wildwoods Restaurant and The Big Toy Shop.

As well as the solar panels, Paultons Park boasts a green track record. The theme park has a stringent waste management system in place minimising what is sent to landfill.  This includes recycling cardboard, plastics, wood and metal, plus recycling food into compost. Paultons has also introduced bicycles and three electric vehicles for its staff in order for them to get around the park with ease and reduce carbon emissions.

For more information on Paultons Park, please visit www.paultonspark.co.uk.

Paultons Park launches new bus service with Xelabus and the New Forest National Park.

 

It’s now going to be even easier to get to Paultons family theme park in the New Forest, thanks to a new bus service launching this summer for families travelling from in and around the Southampton area.

The new X24 bus service will run from Southampton to Paultons Park, via Romsey. It will operate every weekend and bank holiday from May 23 to September 6, and it will become a daily service from July 27 during the school summer holidays.

Provided by Xelabus, the service is being supported by the New Forest National Park Authority with Department for Transport (DfT) funding and Paultons Park, to encourage more car-free travel in and around the National Park.

It will also make it easier for those who live outside of Hampshire to visit the park, as the service will stop at Southampton Central Train Station (which boasts a regular and direct service from London Waterloo) and other transport interchanges.

Stephen Lorton, commercial director of Paultons Park, said: “The Summer Service X24 to Paultons Park will be a convenient way for families to get to us on weekends and during the school summer holidays, and enjoy Peppa Pig World,our new Critter Creek mini-land and all the other exciting attractions.”

He added: “We know many of our visitors arrive by car but the X24 will now be a great alternative for guests travelling from in and around the Southampton area.”

Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: “We’re delighted to support the Summer Service X24 to Paultons Park. It not only offers families a fun way to get to the attraction, but it will help take cars off local roads and reduce carbon emissions – helping to protect the unique landscapes of the New Forest National Park and it neighbouring areas.”

Philip Blair, managing director of Xelabus, said:  “We are delighted to be providing the bus service to and from Paultons Park and with such a colourful Peppa Pig World bus we expect lots of children will want to ride and save mum and dad taking the car”

The Hampshire-based theme park has over 60 rides and attractions to enjoy, including favourites such as EDGE, Paultons’ biggest rollercoaster – Cobra, Magma, the Raging River Ride and the 4D Show Street Cinema. It’s also home to the world’s first and UK exclusive Peppa Pig World and recently launched Critter Creek, a brand-new mini-land of weird and wonderful discoveries.

For more information about Paultons Park’s new bus route, visit https://paultonspark.co.uk/park-information/directions.

Critter Creek – a new land crawling with fun

Paultons family theme park in the New Forest will be whirling families into an incredible adventure with the launch of its new themed attraction – Critter Creek, a new mini-land of weird and wonderful discoveries.

Explore all manner of creepy crawly delights in this peculiar exotic jungle and meet the Curious Critters, a friendly group of mixed up animals who love to cause mischief.

Visitors wishing to be transported through the twisted foliage of Critter Creek can take a ride upon the Cat-O-Pillar roller coaster. The Cat-O-Pillar takes you through the undergrowth of this amazing land, where you can discover the hidden critters befriended by the theme park’s resident nutty professor, Professor Blast.

Younger explorers can hop on board the brand-new Expedition Express train ride and experience a close encounter with a number of bizarre plants and creatures.

A trip to Critter Creek wouldn’t be complete without discovering the hidden depths of Beastie Burrow, where families can step inside the giant tree trunk and come face-to-face with a number of fascinating fish, bugs and reptiles.

Recently awarded a Gold Accolade from VisitEngland, Paultons Park is also host to the world’s first and UK exclusive Peppa Pig World. Here, guests can play in the Muddy Puddles splash area (open from Easter), fly in the clouds on the Windy Castle ride, take a ride on Grandpa Pig’s little train and soar to the skies in Miss Rabbit’s helicopter ride.

Paultons Park now has over 60 rides and attractions to enjoy, including favourites such as EDGE, Paultons’ biggest rollercoaster – Cobra, Magma, the Raging River Ride and the 4D Show Street Cinema.

For further information, including a calendar of opening times and information about how to book tickets online in advance to save money, visit www.paultonspark.co.uk.

Discover the exciting new mystery arriving at Paultons Park this February half term


Sherlock Holmes and his side-kick Dr Watson are heading to the New Forest, Hampshire this February half term (15 to 22 February) to undertake a mystery adventure.

The great detective will take a new dimension and reside at Paultons Park state-of-the-art 4D cinema.

Sherlock Holmes 4D film is a fast-paced comedy adventure, where audiences of all ages follow Holmes, and his longsuffering companion Dr Watson, on a frantic chase through the misty streets of Victorian London on the trail of a brilliant bank thief.

The theatre will put families at the heart of the action with a 3D movie and 4D effects including  specially-designed moving chairs, lightning, blasts of air, water spray and bubble effects.

Paultons Park, which is home to the world’s first and UK exclusive Peppa Pig World, re-opens for the school half term on Sunday February 15.

Guests will be able to enjoy more than 60 wonderful rides, including favourites such as EDGE, Cobra -Paultons’ biggest rollercoaster, Magma, the Raging River Ride and the Victorian double-decker carousel which opened to the public last year.

Guests will catch a glimpse into Paultons new attraction which will be opening to the public at Easter – Critter Creek. An exciting mini-land made up of weirdly wonderful creatures and plants discovered by the park’s resident nutty professor: Professor Blast.

For further information, including a calendar of opening times and to book tickets online in advance at to save money visit www.paultonspark.co.uk.

Paultons Park is the only theme park to be awarded the VisitEngland Gold Accolade

Family theme park Paultons Park, which is home to the world’s first and UK exclusive Peppa Pig World has been awarded a Gold Accolade from VisitEngland. Situated in the beautiful New Forest National Park, Paultons was one of the first attractions to receive this prestigious award and just 10 attractions in the country were selected in total – with Paultons being the only theme park.

The Gold Accolade was awarded to Paultons as a result of the most recent VAQAS (Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme) audit, which was carried out in August.  This was the first time that accolades have been awarded for their score from the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme, and the park achieved a glowing report based on eight categories including pre-arrival, arrival, the attraction itself, cleanliness, retail, catering and staffing. The awards are validated by a panel that is chaired by Pam Foden, the Head of Industry Development at Visit England.

Paultons Park was one of just four attractions in the south to win the award, and it was credited for its high level of cleanliness, beautiful, well-manicured gardens, immaculately kept animal enclosures, varied catering and retail offerings and polite and helpful staff.

Commercial director of Paultons Park, Stephen Lorton, said: “We are delighted that Paultons Park is one of the first attractions in the country to have received this prestigious Gold Accolade from VisitEngland.  So many aspects of the park were singled out for praise which the whole team work very hard to achieve for the benefit of our guests”

As well as being home to Peppa Pig World, Paultons Park offers an exciting range of features and attractions including the all-new ‘Wildwoods Restaurant’, the interactive Big Toy Shop, a magical Victorian carousel and family favourites such as EDGE, Cobra – Paultons’ biggest rollercoaster, Magma, the Raging River Ride and a 4D cinema.

Paultons Park will be open during October half-term. For further information, and to book tickets online in advance, visit www.paultonspark.co.uk.