“ Puxton Park / Cowslip Lane / Hewish / Weston-Super-Mare / BS24 6AH / Tel: 0844 800 2295 „
Couldn't fault Puxton Park - a first rate day our for familes. We went yesterday with our 3 young kids (6, 4, 2) and had a great time - didn't leave until closing time. Not a dull moment.
Clean, tidy, well maintained, great facilities, clean toilets, friendly staff, lots for kids to do inside and outside. Not lots and lots of animals, but enough as a distraction from other activities. You can do pony rides for a pound extra although we didn't feel the need to. The kids highlight was the play barn - good, safe playing lots of things to swing and slide on - ideal for ages 0-10 at a guess. Some play barns at other attractions can be very draughty and cold - this one is well constructed and very modern with a large seating area where you can have buy food and drink while you watch on. Ideal for parents needing a break!!
Entrance for all of us was £17.50 (out of peak season) which is very good for this sort of attraction - many others are 50% more than this and not as good.
Food in the fun barn was pretty good quality - absolutely fine for a warm lunch for kids. Very reasonable food prices too - £2.50 meal deals for Kids, £3.00 for adults.
We will go back without a doubt. Thanks Puxton Park.
Puxton Park opened in July 2007 and is located in Hewish, which is just outside of Weston-super-Mare on the road to Congresbury and Bristol. It's an interesting local attraction that combines a farm shop and restaurant with a children's play park and animal exhibits. It's easy to get to by car and there is plenty of parking available. It's free to visit the farm shop and restaurant, however you will be charged for the rest of the attractions. A day ticket costs £7.50 per adult, £6.50 per child and concession, and family tickets are available at a cost of £25 for 2 adults and 2 children, which saves you £3 on individual ticket prices.
-Animal Exhibits- I love going to zoos and farms and this is the main thing that I wanted to see when I went to Puxton. There are a few outdoor displays of farm animals such as pigs and cows that are allowed to roam in large paddocks. If you're lucky there will be some inquisitive goats wandering up to the fence and seeking attention, they are quite friendly and let you pet them if you're careful, but they will try and nibble things including your hands so keep an eye on the kids!
There is also an indoor area with small animals like chickens, guinea pigs, chipmunks and rabbits. This is really cute and I adore rabbits, but there are limited petting times and I missed out on that. Be at the Pet Village Barn at 11.00am or 4.30pm to make the most of this.
This was not in place when I visited last year, but they are now offering pony rides! They are available between 12.30 - 4.30 pm and cost 50p during weekdays, and £1 on weekends and holidays. This sounds great and is a low price to pay for a fun treat, it doesn't add that much on to the cost of the ticket.
-Falconry Centre- The grounds are nice to walk around and are very natural with wild grasses and flowers growing. If you walk to the far end of the outdoor space you reach an amazing area containing birds of prey. There is a central section where the birds are tethered, and they have various different species. My favourite were the owls, but they also have bigger birds. Luckily I was visiting with a friend who knew one of the employees and she gave us a demonstration of the birds in flight and allowed us to watch her feeding them. I actually found it quite upsetting as it's not a pretty sight to watch a big hunting bird rip a baby chick to shreds and eat it, but it was spectacular and that's all part of nature. It may be too much for younger children to watch, although the centre is now being run by new management and it is not yet specified what sort of displays will be offered. It is definitely a good addition to the other displays and makes it more varied and interesting.
-The Play Barn- contains 3 storeys of fun equipment for climbing, sliding and generally running around blowing off steam. There is also a separate soft area for children under 3. There is also a large outdoor play area which looked like a lot of fun, but doesn't allow grown ups! There is a real static tractor for the kids to sit on, and this used to be my little brother's favourite thing to do.
-The Restaurant- I only stopped at the restaurant to get a pot of tea and 2 cream cakes, which was reasonably priced and came to less than a fiver (I can't remember the exact cost). The queues were huge and I had to wait a long time to be served, but there was plenty of space and lots of tables to choose from. You can also sit outside as there are tables & chairs with parasols just by the front entrance of the restaurant. I'd say it was more like a cafe, offering a choice of hot and cold lunch meals along with snacks and a range of drinks.
-The Farm Shop- Now, this is the best bit in my opinion. The food is all locally sourced and is as fresh as it can be. There is a butcher in-house with a fresh meat counter selling everything from beef steaks to pork cuts to duck breasts and every size shape and context you can imagine. There are rows of jams, pickles, and condiments as well as fresh local produce such as cheese, fruit, and vegetables. It is expensive but it is of extremely good quality and worthwhile if you are planning to prepare a lavish meal. It's not somewhere I would go for my weekly shop, but it's really good for a treat and stocks some lovely luxury items.
Puxton Park is celebrating its third birthday this very weekend, and entry is only £2.00 per person on the 3rd and 4th of July. If you fancy checking it out for yourself I would definitely say do it now! It's an excellent saving of £5.50 per adult, and £4.50 per child and concession. Do bear in mind that on the 4th there may be extra traffic as it is T4 On The Beach and things get mighty hectic in town! You will probably avoid the most of it if you're travelling from outside of Weston-super-Mare and not going into the town centre.
There's not a huge lot to keep you entertained for more than a couple of hours, but if your kids like the play areas this will fill up some more time and you can make more of a day of it. Worth a try if you're in the area but it's not that unique and there are other similar offerings in the area, such as Court Farm and Animal Farm.
For more information see www.puxton.co.uk
I have a 6 year old daughter who every day after school asks me to take her to Puxton Park! She cannot get enough of this place. Mind you this is fine by me as the indoor play area is fantastic and i would have to say probably the best ive seen in the south west. I can happily sit with a cup of tea and watch my daughter playing very safely thanks to the 'Puxton Rangers' keeping a very close eye on all the children. They have a tea time club from four p.m. where the childrens food is cheaper than a McDonalds. I would recommend a visit to their farm shop and meadows restaurant. If you haven't been before, i would suggest going to one of their special event days. They have so much going on that you can quite easily have a very cheap but fun day out. They have also recently cut membership prices to help families have somewhere to take their children during the credit crunch. prices now are £30 for children and £35 for adults. Weekday membership is £20-£25. If you are visiting Weston-super-Mare anytime soon i would recommend giving this place a go.
This is a really great indoor play park. You could call it a soft play area but its so huge that doesn't really describe it well! It's in a huge barn, and has lots of levels, with tunnels, steps, things to climb, slides, and all sorts. There is a huge bumpy slide you go down on mats, and 2 vertical drop slides which seem very popular with the Dads! There's also a couple of tube slides, one spiral, one straight. There's a separate area for under 5's which keeps them safe from the older ones. While we were there there were loads of children in but it didn't seem to get crowded as there was so much room and there didn't seem to be any accidents. There were lots of members of staff around on the equipment so you could feel quite relaxed that your children were ok out of your sight. The play equipment is large and sturdy so that adults can go in with the children - they are encouraged to do so. It's great fun! There is a cafe in the same building with lots of seating which looks across to the play equipment. You can sit and have a cup of tea and some food while watching the children play. The food is nice and the staff are friendly. The toilets are handy and clean and tidy. There was a fold down nappy changing table in the ladies loo, and it said on the gents that there was one in there too.
There would normally be animals to see as well but at this time of year there weren't any, but they reduced the prices charged because of this. Probably when there are animals to see, you could spend a full day there.
We really enjoyed our visit and will go again.
It was a blustery "summer" day, so we decided to take the kids off to the new local attraction: Puxton Park. our kids are aged 7, 4 and 2, so finding something all of them enjoy isn't always easy!
There was a big fuss when ithe place finally got planning permission and was set to open for this summer, then everything went quiet. i had seen somewhere that it had opened on time, but had not seen any advertising/marketing about it since so i was unsure what it would be like.
Actually, it was quite nice. only 10 mins drive away for us, it had good parking, was clean, airy and fun for the kids. It's basically a good size soft play/ball park type place, with a few farm animals. Apparently there was spposed to be lots of animals - but then just as it was due to open Foot and Mouth hit the UK. All animal transport was banned, so they decided to postpone. Which is obviously why the marketing never happened too. And why it is still quite cheap to get in. We brought an annual pass - before they put the prices up next month:-) so it will be a good place to take the kids whenever they need somewhere to go!
The soft play bit has a separate toddler section with balls (and a ball blower thing), little slides, turn-tables and soft climbing area. My 2 year old was more than happy to stay there for ages, and the 4 year old was happy enough with it too.
The big soft play is one of these large climbing things with rope-bridges, slopes, poles etc all 20 foot up and well covered with netting for safety. there is also a big bumpy slide which all three kids thought was fantastic and a couple of vertical drop slides which the kids were too scared to try, but I enjoyed enormously - adults are welcome to play on the equipment too! Most of the adults decided not to avail themselves though, and instead sat in the cafe area next to the soft play which offered pretty good hot & cold drinks and snacks - all organic and local brands too.
Outside was some more play equipment - the usual tractor climbing frame type things and an enormous bouncy castle bubble thing for the kids to jump on like a trampoline - great for the bigger ones - the little ones just got bounced all over the place by the bigger kids and the adults on there. There was also table tennis and such like - all closed when we were there becaused of the high winds, and face painting (extra charge), a birds of prey display (not every day I think) and the animals.
The farm animals consisted of some beef and diary cattle, pigs, sheep and pets corner. the farm animals were all very friendly and happy to be stroked and had good child friendly information boards up. Pets corner was rabbits and guinea pigs - all fluffy and strokeable for even the most cautious child.
Also on site is a big farm shop -which we spent a lot of money in! Full of local fresh produce as well as the obligatory organic stuff that these places seem to stock. The butcher there was great, and the local alcohol was quite good too:-)
The restuarant attached to the farm shop was spacious and well designed. All the food was freshly cooked from organic ingrediants, and there was none of the fried rubbish that so many places offer. But I have to say we were not overly impressed with the standard of food served. Nor with the cleanliness of the tables. Hopefully that will improve with time - they were advertising for more staff.
Overall, we had a good afternoon out. Certainly worth it for us as locals (in fact, we popped up there after school last week just to tire the kids out a bit). I would say that once the kids reach 11/12, they will not be that interested any more, but for primary school age we liked it.
more info at: http://www.puxton.co.uk/ (although it's not the greatest website in the world)
Admission Prices 2007 - likely to go up when the animals arrive next year.
Children 4 - 16yrs £6.50 (3yrs & under go free)
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £20.00
Annual Membership: Adults £25.00 Child £20.00 Concessions £20.00
open all year round except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
April 'til September - 10.00am - 5.00pm
October 'til March - 10.00am - 4.00pm