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Paultons Park is well known for it's wonderful array of colourful flowers, gardens and magnificent topiary. In our latest guest blog post Kara, author of the fun, family, travel & photography Blog Chelsea Mamma takes you on a journey of what to expect on your next visit.
"Being season ticket holders at Paulton’s Park, we often go to the park for two or three hours and get our fix of our favourite rides before heading home to pick up the older kids from school, forgetting to look at all the beautiful birds that live in the gardens.
Because Paulton’s Park is set in the heart of the New Forest, even the entrance to the park is beautiful, with green trees swaying in the breeze casting shadows over the grass.
This weekend, we headed their early and were determined to explore every inch of the park.
We were not disappointed – the gardens are simply stunning!
There is so much to see and explore.
I was a little concerned that the kids would get bored, but they loved every minute! They were making up stories about who lived in the gardens and finding fairy doors in the old tree trunks in between spotting the huge variety of birds that are dotted around.
We even found some Dinosaurs!
New this year is the Topiary, and I was amazed at the detail when I first saw it by the Carousel back in April. What I didn’t realise then, is that it is all around the park too.
The Cobra by the Rollercoaster is particularly striking, and the Jungle animals were a huge hit with the kids, who excitedly charged off in search of the next creature to identify.
Another hit, was the Snakes and Ladders garden. Isaac and Kian will do anything for a silly selfie too!
Even the some of the characters in Peppa Pig World have been transformed into Topiary characters and we found Daddy Pig on display whilst riding George’s Dinosaur ride (you can just see him behind us in the picture below), alongside trees shaped into flowers and framing some of the characters.
I have saved the best until last though as the Topiary that surrounds the Victorian Carousel is out of this world! They have a Victorian circus theme with a juggler, strongman, lion tamer, the most spectacular horse and carriage and more.
Visiting the gardens doesn’t take much time out of the day as you can take the slightly longer route to the next ride, or take a picnic and drink in the scenery as you relax. There are plenty of picnic tables with shade dotted around the park where you can sit and chill whilst the kids run around and burn off all their energy."
Our thanks to Kara for her stunning photographs and review of the gardens and flowers at Paultons. For more reviews and adventures from family life visit: