“ Address: Puxton Park / Cowslip Lane / Hewish / Weston Super Mare / Somerset / BS24 6AH / Tel: 01934 523500 „
Back in June my family and I went on holiday to Somerset, before we went on our holiday we did a google search for places to visit and came across Puxton Park which is located in Hewish Weston-Super-Mare.
We found the park very easily as it was quite well sign posted, there is a huge car park which has plenty of disabled spaces and loads of space for coaches and cars.
When we got out of the car we was not really sure where the entrance was but we headed for a big building which happened to be the entrance. There wasn't a queue at the desk which was good and the staff were very friendly, we headed outside only my son decided that he wanted us to go indoors so that he could play on the climbing frames!
The play barn is a huge 3 storey play area which has slides, rope bridges and a play area for the under 3's There is a café with lots of seating so you can have a cup of tea and watch the kids play and there are lockers at the back if you want to put your valuables away.
My son loved the slides one was a very long wavy one which had 6 lanes that required a mat which the children had to carry up a load of stairs before using them to come down the slide. The slide had various colours which were bright and very eye catching.
There was a big blue slide that was very high which a lot of the kids really enjoyed they would go down it then over a bump which would send them sliding further down until they went crashing into a ball pit! My little boy didn't want to try from the top so my husband put him on the slide where it was a lot lower and he still had fun going into the balls!
My little boy also figured out that he would have to go over a rope bridge to use some of the play equipment, now usually he hates rope bridges and will not go over them so I was completely amazed when he went over one not just once but at least 3 times!
After spending a couple of hours in the barn we persuaded my son to have a look outside, the first thing he spotted was a huge fort which is new for 2010. I wasn't sure that he was old enough to go on it on his own but my son insisted on giving it a try and he had loads of fun climbing up and down ladders, waving to us from the tower and did not want to come off the fort.
Around the park are things like trampolines which my son did not enjoy but other children were having a lot of fun. There is also a Bouncing Bull which is a big inflatable pillow that kids can run and jump on but again my son was not impressed and came off it after 5 minutes.
In the toddler area is a digger which is coin operated, a sand pit, swings, a slide in the shape of trailer, a combine harvester that is made out of wood and metal that the kids can climb over and go down a slide or even sit in the driving seat!
Also all around the park were plenty of picnic tables so I was able to sit down and watch my son play.
We found a grassed enclosed area that had football goals with at least 20 footballs my son had a great time kicking all of them into the goals!
There was also a very long obstacle course which my son had a good try with though it was for older children I would say for the over 7's.
Dotted around the park are various animals like goats, horses and sheep. There is a Falconry though when we went there it was under new management so even though we could take a look around to see the beautiful owls and hawks there was no flying displays.
There is a Pony riding Centre though when we went to have a look nobody was around and there were no ponies though we spotted 2 in the field who were very friendly!
We quite liked the Pets village which housed guinea pigs, rabbits and we had a look at some tiny chicks that had just hatched.
Usually when you visit a Park or farm the cafe's are always expensive so I was very impressed to find out that for £2.50 my son could have sausage, chips, toy and a drink which all came in a box. Also on the menu were burgers, chicken nuggets, fish fingers, sandwiches and load of other things.There are also vending machines which contained 7up, Oasis etc but no Coca Cola or Pepsi!
There is a very large Farm shop that sells everything from gifts to things like pies, cheeses, meats and organic vegetables unfortunately it was just way too expensive for us to buy anything I did look at a pie and very quickly put it back down when I seen a price tag of £8!
Locals or visitors can just go into the farm shop rather than use the facilities at the park.
**What do I think?**
Over the last few years I have visited a lot of parks that are like Puxton so when we decided to go here I think I was expecting it to be similar and Puxton does have some very good things like the play barn but considering it is quite a big park there were very few animals and I do wonder why adults have to pay £7.50!
The lack of animals really lets the park down as it is advertising animals on its website and leaflet yet when you walk around it is just a big open space with a few fenced off areas which might contain a few animals.
My son was looking forward to a ride on a pony but there was no sign of a pony and no staff were around.
On the other hand my son had a fantastic time and did not want to leave the play barn, I got to sit in the café and read a book while he had lots of fun!
The good thing about the barn is that adults are encouraged to go onto the equipment with their children which was a good thing as my son and other children were struggling to carry the mats up the stairs so my son got his daddy to take 5 mats up to the top!
So to end if your children love slides, rope bridges and forts this park is for you but if you are going there to see the animals I think you will be a little bit disappointed.
Prices Summer 2010
Adults - £7.50
Children 4-16 ( under 3`s go FREE) - £6.50
Concessions - £6.50
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) -£25.00
You can also buy an annual membership
*Please note that I wrote this review in February, the park has only just been added to the dooyoo catalogue*
We visited Puxton Park last weekend. I came across it by chance when we were looking for something else to do in Weston-Super-Mare. We were meant to just be visiting the aquarium but after word of mouth telling us there wasn't a lot to do there we decided to look for something to fill the afternoon! Paxton Park is a small farm and also indoor play area for children. There is also a farm shop on site (entrance to the farm shop is free).
Arriving at the park, you go up a long driveway and into a very large car park with plenty of room to park, parking is free. The car park was busy which was relieving as I saw this as a good sign! It is a short walk to reception where we were greeted by a friendly member of staff. We purchased our tickets and she told us how to access the park itself, she also gave us a leaflet telling us of the days events. We followed the corridor round and there was a puppet show going on, the girls wanted to get straight to the indoor play area though so we went through the doors to access this.
The play area was of a really good size and was very busy! There was plenty for them to do and it is worth noting that adults can go on the equipment too. Here, there is also a cafe and lots of tables where you can either sit and watch the kids or eat food. There are shoe racks or if you fancy going in too and not taking your valuables, there are lockers you can use. The restaurant was great, it provided fast service and was good value for money. For example there was a range of hot and cold childrens meals which consisted of a meal, drink and toy for just £2.50 or a hot adults meal for £3.50. You could also buy snacks such as fries for £1.00 or Giant Cookies for just 60p. There are also a few vending machines in here stocked up with cool drinks. The girls were kept occupied in here for at least an hour which shows it must be good!
We then convinced the girls we should have a look at whats outside. To be honest, there isn't an awful lot out here so if you are looking for a nice large farm to take the children then this probably isn't your best bet. However, there are a few animals including pigs, a Shetland pony and some horses. Out here you can also ride a pony (at special times - twice a day) for 50p (maximum weight 8 stone, minimum age is 3).
There was also a birds of prey section. You can either go in here just to look at the birds or you can hold one yourself (50p a go). There were lots of birds here including owls and hawks and you could see that they were very well looked after. The staff here were keen to chat and answer any questions you had. My niece held a barn owl which was lovely and she was allowed him for a good 5 minutes before she decided she wanted to give him back. My other half held a kestrel and again, he was allowed to hold it for as long as he wanted.
Next there is a conservation area but I must admit, I wasn't very impressed with this. It was a nice little walk but we couldn't actually see any of the animals that were supposed to be in there. However, most of the animals are nocturnal so you cannot blame that on the park.
Following the park round there is an assault course for the children with chain bridges etc. The girls enjoyed this and had a few goes each before moving on. Then there are some small ride on tractors for younger children, these were good fun and had no additional charge.
Next there was pets corner where you have the opportunity to hold a pet at certain times of the day. In here there were a few ducks, but mainly rabbits and guinea pigs, there were also some chipmunks. Out the back there were some chickens where the kids could go in with the chickens. This was a nice section of the park, you could see the animals were all very well cared for and although there wasn't hundreds to see there was enough to make the girls happy.
Finally, there is a play park which is a good size and then of course the jumping pillow! This is a massive trampoline thing which you (and the kids of course!) can bounce on. This is good fun and was one of the girls favourite parts of the park. We then of course had to make a final visit to the indoor play barn before we went to the farm shop.
The farm shop is split into two sections, a restaurant and the shop. We didn't visit the restaurant but it seemed busy. The shop is huge selling a variety of things including toys, games and farm produce. We bought a few bits in here including a cake, some fudge, some chocolate and some biscuits and I am pleased to say it was all lovely. It was reasonably priced too with a packet of biscuits costing just over a pound and a nice sized cake costing around £2.
We spent around 3 hours at the park but could have easily spent longer here. I doubt you could spend all day here as there is not enough to do but could happily spend a morning or an afternoon here which was exactly what we wanted. The website is very useful and tells you exactly what you can expect (www.puxton.co.uk).
If we are ever in the area again, we will definitely go for a return visit as it was brilliant value for money, a nice day out and the kids really enjoyed their time here. I imagine it would be a lovely place to visit in the summer.
The park is open everyday from 9-5.30 (Sundays are 9-5). The shop has slightly longer opening hours. Admission prices are as follows (these are the winter prices, I imagine they will change in the summer so it is worth checking the website before visiting):
Children (4-16) £5
Family (2+2) £15
If you live nearby, you can also purchase an annual ticket.
Contact details for the park:
Tel No. 01934 523500
We had a lovely afternoon here and I really recommend it. I think it will appeal to kids of all ages as there is plenty to do. It was fab value for money and we would definitely visit again.