Two weeks ago we were invited to visit Puxton Park, nr Western-super-mare for their 10 year anniversary celebrations.
Despite only living 35 minutes away from Puxton Park, we have never been before. So on the saturday morning we got ready to go and even packed a picnic for once! and nipped down their on the motorway. It was really easy to get to, only a few minutes just off the M5 and sign posted well, which is always good as it means we don’t have to rely on our crazy sat nav that sends us very strange routes!
Unfortunately just as we pulled into the car park, it started to pour it down! not the best start. But we needn’t have worried as plenty of activities are inside. Car park had plenty of space and was near to entrance which was handy.
Puxton Park itself..
Austin was still asleep when we arrived, so we took advantage of this and headed for the soft play to begin with. Not surprisingly it was pretty busy due to the downpour but plenty of play space. They had a dedicated toddler area which was where we spend most of our time. Though Hayden and I did brave the big slides once!
After about 30 minutes of soft play and lots of excitable children in an enclosed space I needed some fresh air, it was still raining but not horribly, so we went off to explore. We didn’t get very far before Hayden spotted the mini diggers and JCBs in a giant sand pit and made a beeline for them!
To celebrate it being their 10 year anniversary Puxton Park had special appearance by a giant Peppa pig and George pig for meet and greets throughout the day. Whilst Hayden and Mike were playing with diggers, I waited in the queue to see Peppa. I was a bit sceptical whether Hayden would want to see Peppa, as he doesn’t watch it much at home (no wheels or engine so automatically less interesting to him!). But to my surprise and pleasure he really enjoyed going up to meet them and have our picture taken with them!
Animals and tractors..
After this we headed towards the animals stopping on the way to have a play on the push along tractors! they had some electric ones too but Hayden still a bit young for these. Eventually we got to the animals, this was possibly my favourite part of the day. There was so much to see including cows, goats, pigs, meerkat, sheep, Foals and even Reindeer!!
Hayden did enjoy seeing the animals but got quite side tracked by the trampolines! He loved going on them despite the fact that he fell over constantly! They were the kind that sit at ground level so much more practical and safe for children.
Next up it was time for the tractor ride! Hayden’s first proper tractor ride. It’s a 10 minute tractor ride down to the working farm.
Time for Lunch..
After the tractor ride we were all starving, so headed back towards the entrance/indoor soft play where the outside picnic tables were. Unfortunately there weren’t enough that were uncover and although stopped raining looked like it could start again at any point. But luckily it didn’t and we sat on another picnic table (not undercover) and enjoyed watching the dance troop strut their stuff.
Feeling rejuvenated post lunch, we headed towards the train ride. Seeing as there was a picture of the train on the map, Hayden appointed himself as chief map reader and led the way (with a little help from us!) on getting to the miniature train. Hayden (and Mike) loved going on the train and was reluctant to get off at the end of the ride!
I then went on the horse and barrels carousel type ride with Hayden. Probably more for me than Hayden, I love a carousel! The first time he opted for us to sit in barrel but second ride he decided he wanted to go on the horse.
One of the things that I was most impressed about with Puxton Park was that the train ride, bumper boats, tractor ride, horse and barrel rides were all at no additional cost. Often you go to somewhere, pay quite a lot to get in for a family and then end up shelling out more for the ‘extras’ of train ride etc! Definitely a big plus point for me.
This and the fact that we never really had to wait long at all to go on anything meant that we could go on the rides twice and there were no toddler tantrums about waiting in a queue for ages!
By this point we thought/hoped that Hayden may have been getting tired (as we were) but he still wanted to explore, so we let him burn off the last of his energy in the little farmers playground for half an hour. This was tractor themed too so not surprisingly was a bit hit!
Time for Tea (and cake!)
Leaving the playground Hayden fell asleep in the pram, so as is our usual MO, Mike and I headed straight for the cafe for tea and cake. The cafe/restaurant was mostly empty by now being 3pm and quite late in the day, plenty of space though and well equipped for children with high chairs, babychange facilities etc. I have to say I was disappointed in the cake selection (perhaps because it was late on in the day) but still… Mike and I opted for the coffee and walnut cake which looked the most appealing and was very tasty!
After tea and cake, I left Mike to relax in the cafe with the boys (Hayden was still asleep) whilst I had a wander around the attached farm shop complete with in-house Butcher!! I love a good farm shop, there are always such lovely goodies, and this one didn’t disappoint. I picked up some minted lamb kebabs and baby new potatoes for us to have for tea and I must say they were delicious!
By now Mike and I were pretty knackered and decided it was time to head home. We all had a really great day out at Puxton Park and I would definitely recommend a visit! It’s just a shame we didn’t get to do everything but that would be quite a challenge in one day!
Other activities that we didn’t get to try include the bumper boats, falconry, crazy golf, giant bouncing pillow, and the zip wire! So plenty more to try out the next time we go!
I will leave you with this picture of me and the giant farmer! If your interested to know more about Puxton Park you can find out here;
Disclosure: We were given free entry to puxton park for the purposes of reviewing but as always all views and opinions are my own.