Juras­sic larks put Paultons Park up with the theme park gi­ants

Took his fam­ily to Paultons Park and dis­cov­ered the Lost King­dom of the di­nosaurs

Staines Informer - - TRAVEL -

PAULTONS Park will be pure dino-mite this year thanks to its new Juras­sic-themed Lost King­dom rides.

The Hamp­shire theme park may not al­ways be men­tioned in the same breath na­tion­ally as Al­ton Tow­ers, Thorpe Park and Chess­ing­ton, but that may all about to change, with two new world-class roller­coast­ers open­ing this week.

Per­haps best known in the past for its child-friendly Peppa Pig World, whiteknuckle ride fans still had plenty to en­joy at Paultons, but the new Ve­loci­rap­tor and Flight of the Pterosaur coast­ers takes it to a whole new level.

The Ptero­sur ride, a sus­pended coaster that swoops thrill-seek­ers over model di­nosaurs and much of the Lost King­dom area is the most fun of the new ad­di­tions, much like (although a lot faster than) the Vam­pire ride at Chess­ing­ton. The breath­tak­ing Ve­loci­rap­tor is quite unique in that you start at a great height be­fore plum­met­ing and rac­ing around a short track, then stop­ping at an in­cline and rush­ing in re­verse back to the start.

These rides are im­mense fun for older vis­i­tors, but there are a few other at­trac­tions in the Lost King­dom more suit­able for younger ones. The Di­nosaur Tour Co takes the fam­ily on a Jeep ride through a land sim­i­lar to Juras­sic Park, while Dino Chase of­fers a more se­date roller­coaster ex­pe­ri­ence for the fam­ily.

You can also en­counter one of the ‘tame-ish’ di­nosaurs and even get a selfie with one – a great sou­venir from the day.

The Lost King­dom rides are bound to be a big pull for Paultons vis­i­tors for years to come, but there is plenty to en­joy through­out the park.

For thrill fans, the Co­bra roller­coaster, spin­ning Edge ride and Rag­ing River log flume are some of the most pop­u­lar (and our favourites).

The go karts are also ex­hil­a­rat­ing but cost £3.50 per kart ex­tra on top of the en­trance free. And, of course, there must be a men­tion for Paultons’ ever-pop­u­lar Peppa Pig World sec­tion.

My chil­dren were a lit­tle bit old to ap­pre­ci­ate the area this time (although a few years ago we couldn’t prise them away), but any lit­tle one into Peppa (who isn’t?) will love it, with the added op­por­tu­nity to meet the char­ac­ters and travel around the sights by train, car and even he­li­copter.

But it is the Lost King­dom that will be the main at­trac­tion this year, putting Paultons Park in with the theme park big boys. n For more in­for­ma­tion see www.paulton­spark.

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The Flight of the Pterosaur is the most fun of the new ad­di­tions to the park.

I’d like to m-eat you: The Ve­loci­rap­tor ride sees you plummet from a great height over this friendly crea­ture’s cage. Best hold on tight.

Jeep at the price: Tak­ing a Jeep ride through the Lost King­dom is a more se­date way of see­ing the at­trac­tions.

The high life: You never know who you’ll meet in Paultons Park.

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