Saturday 14 May 2016

The Lost Kingdom

For three dinosaur mad boys there is nothing more exciting than being invited to an exclusive launch of a new Dinosaur themed theme park and getting to be among the first to visit the Lost Kindgom at Paulton's Park last weekend  was an amazing experience for us all.  We have never visited the park before and didn't know what to expect, but after a full day there we really wish we had booked a hotel as there was so much we didn't get a chance to do.

lost kingdom, paultons park

The £9 million addition to the park opens on May 17th and adds a new element to the park, extending the appeal for slightly older children and bringing us back into a lost kingdom when T-rexs roamed free and roaring was a common language.  The Lost Kingdom is still very family friendly with plenty for the youngest explorers to enjoy, but some of the new rides are more suited to older adventurous children and at 4 Dylan decided they were still a little scary for him to try.  The great thing is that at 4 years old and 1 metre tall there is nothing in the park that you can't go on (accompanied by an adult) which is quite rare in a theme park.

Lost kingdom, Paulton's park

We found plenty for the whole family in the lost kingdom and at 14 months Finn was able to ride along with us on several rides too.  The boys loved the Dino Chase - a great first rollercoaster and the Dinosaur Tour Company looking out for friendly creatures.  The Little Explorers play area was a big hit too -  a playpark with a dinosaur theme including plenty of things to climb on and a large sandy area too.    Archie loved the huge skeleton with a slide.

lost kingdom, paultons park, dinosaur play area

The staff were fantastic all over the park and they made an effort to engage the children, showing them dinosaur teeth and talking to them about their experience.  As part of our visit the children got the chance to become 'Park rangers' which meant they got special photo card lanyards that they were really proud of.  It made the whole experience more interactive.  

We are looking forward to revisiting one day and getting to ride the Velociraptor rollercoaster and the Flight of the Pterosaur suspended roller coaster, those best suited for older children.

Our day wasn't all about dinosaurs and with temperatures soaring last weekend the splash zone played a huge part in our fun.  Finn isn't walking yet but doesn't want to be in a buggy all day and he loved crawling around and exploring.  The bigger two ran through the sprinklers and water play and loved cooling down.  

splash zone, paulton's park, little bird swim

The splash zone is located right next to the Lost Kingdom and there are several places to eat in the area too as well as buy ice creams and drinks - very needed if you visit on a day as hot as we did!

splash zone, paultons park, little bird mothercare swim shorts

little bird swim shorts, paulton's park, the lost kingdom

Our visit wouldn't have been complete without stopping at Peppa Pig world - a seperate part of the park but all included in the one entrance price.  This area is aimed more at the under 6s and Finn was able to go on almost everything.  At 4 years old and 114 cm tall there were plenty of rides that Dylan could go on alone too.  The magical world had all the characters the boys know and love and everything is themed, even down to the cafes and play areas.  There was an indoor and outdoor playground for the times they just need to run around and that made visiting with a crawling baby much easier - Finn loved exploring the colourful park

peppa pig world with a baby, paulton's park

And if that wasn't enough, there were also penguins and birds to see, Critter Creek - a seperate area full of rides we didn't have time to visit and some old fashioned fairground rides too.  The Lost Kingdom means there really is something for the whole family now from the youngest explorers to the biggest kids.  

Thank you to Paulton's Park for inviting us to this exciting launch.

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