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We welcome visits from guests with disabilities and will do everything possible to ensure they have a safe and pleasurable visit and are able to participate in as many activities as possible. A summary of the facilities we offer are as follows:
Wheelchair or mobility scooter dependent guests are admitted free of charge
A vast majority of the rides and attractions at Paultons, including Peppa Pig World, are designed to be fully accessible to disabled guests, therefore we do not offer a discounted disabled rate for guests or their carers.
Nearly all paths are flat and tarmac surfaced
Special car parking area in main car park
All restaurants and shops are wheelchair accessible
Ample toilet facilities for guests with disabilities
Manual wheelchairs are available to hire from our first aid centre free of charge. Limited availability during busy times so please pre-book before your visit by calling 023 8081 4442. Please be aware hiring a wheelchair inside the park does not permit free entry.
Queue Assist Policy to enable guests who are unable to queue priority access on to our rides. Please ask for an Accessibility Guide leaflet upon arrival.
Rio Grande Train and The Victorian Carousel with special carriage accessible to wheelchair users
Admittance allowed for registered, fully trained assistance dogs
Changing facilities available
Statement on Safety for Disabled Guests
Paultons Park is a member of the British Association of Leisure Parks Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) and welcomes visits by people with disabilities and will do everything possible to ensure a safe and pleasurable visit. However, certain rides and attractions can be physically demanding and vigorous. Paultons Park therefore reserves the right to refuse admission to certain rides should it be felt there is a danger to a particular individual for whatever reason.
Paultons Park has been advised by the Health and Safety Executive that refusal on the grounds of health and safety does not constitute discrimination. Paultons Park hopes this is understood and that guests can accept the decision made is in the interest of the safety of all.
There is a Queue Assist Scheme available that is offered as a concession to those who require additional assistance. This is an additional service to guests.This Guide will assist our Guests with disabilities to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable day out. All of our rides have information boards detailing rules, restrictions and advisory information. Hopefully these boards along with this guide will enable you to assess your own abilities and make an informed decision as to which rides you are able to use. It is the guest's responsibility to observe and obey any and all instructions on the boards and within this guide before entering the ride.
Please be aware that persons with broken or fractured limbs are advised not to ride the Cobra and cannot ride the Go Karts, Magma, EDGE, Jumping Bean, Sky Swinger, Wave Runner and Raging River Ride.
Please be aware that to drive a Go Kart the nurse will assess each individual Queue Assist user that meets the initial driver restrictions and their decision on the individual’s ability to drive and safely control a Kart is final.
Not all rides are suitable for all guests and each has strict operating requirements based on the containment of the ride, the force of the ride and the evacuation procedure. These are set in accordance with external Ride Inspectors' requirements and exceptions will not be made. Our staff have to follow all rules and restrictions for health and safety reasons therefore please do not ask staff to break these rules; they are there for YOUR safety and for the safety of OTHERS. Your safety whilst at Paultons is our prime concern.
Facilities and Services
Paultons Park does not wish to discriminate against guests with disabilities and therefore the appropriate admission rate will be charged. Details on Family, Group and Season Ticket prices can be found on our ticket prices page.
Children under 1 metre in height are admitted free (shoes must be worn).
Whilst a large number of the rides are accessible to wheelchair users there are a limited number where this is not feasible. In recognition of this wheelchair dependent guests are admitted free of charge*
1) Only available to guests arriving with their own wheelchair or mobility scooter.
2) There are no concessions for carers available.
We have a large accessible parking area which is located close to the Park's main entrance and Ticket Kiosk where entry tickets can be purchased. This dedicated parking area can easily be found by following the clear signs from the main drive. Each individual bay is clearly marked.
ALL PARKING IS FREE
First Aid Centre
Paultons has a dedicated First Aid Centre which is always staffed by a trained First Aid Nurse when the Park is open to guests and is located at the start of Show Street just inside the main entrance. On busier days our nurse is supported by trained First Aid Assistants. To complement this resource a number of our staff working in various location(s) around the Park are also trained to assist a guest if required prior to the arrival of our nursing team to any particular incident.
At the First Aid Centre we also administer our Queue Assist Scheme and coordinate our Lost Children Procedure.
Toilets & Changing Facilities
The Park has ample toilet facilities all of which include facilities for our guests with disabilities. The location of the toilet facilities are shown on the Park Map and Guide a copy of which is available on your arrival at either the turnstiles or admissions kiosk. In addition there are ample directional signposts around the Park as well as large boards for guests to view. A downloadable version of the Park Map can be found on our map page.
A purpose built Adult/Older Child Changing facility is available adjacent to the main toilet facilities just inside the main entrance. Access to this facility is via a coded access door, the code for which is available from the First Aid Centre. This facility is equipped with a mobile hoist. Due to individual needs, we ask that Guests use their own hoist slings.
Baby Care Centres are located just inside the main entrance, at Lost Kingdom and adjacent to the Pirate Ship and are designed specifically for nursing mothers. There are also full changing and washing facilities available.
Baby Changing facilities are available in all male and all female toilet facilities located around the Park.
The vast majority of the Park is laid with smooth level tarmac paths to aid accessibility around the Park for wheelchair and mobility scooter users. The only exception is the Lakeside Walk which is laid to compacted gravel.
A limited number of wheelchairs (self propelled) are available on a free of charge hire basis and are collected and returned to our First Aid Centre. Due to the limited supply we suggest these are pre-booked for the day of your visit either by calling the Park on 023 8081 4442 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE that our wheelchair admission rate concession does not apply to "hire" wheelchairs as these cannot be taken out of the Park under any circumstances. Guests wishing to hire a wheelchair must have sufficient mobility to walk from their vehicle to the First Aid Centre where their wheelchair will be available for collection.
Catering and Shopping Facilities
All Catering and Shopping facilities are accessible to guests in wheelchairs. If you require additional assistance please do not hesitate to ask for assistance from a member of our staff as they will be delighted to assist.
Guests with allergies to certain foods or with special dietary requirements should ask to speak to a member of the Catering Department Supervisory & Management Team for advice and alternative menu options which we would be pleased to make available on request.
There are ample seating areas located all around the Park. These take the form of benches and patio areas (a good proportion of which are under giant umbrellas that provide shade or shelter from the rain when required). In addition there is a large undercover seating area located adjacent to the Station Restaurant.
Paultons Park is proud of the facilities that it is able to offer guests visiting with disabilities.
Whilst the Park is easy to navigate certain rides and attractions can be physically demanding and vigorous. The Park therefore reserves the right to refuse access to certain rides and attractions should we feel there is a danger to a particular individual for whatever reason. We have been advised by the Health and Safety Executive that refusal on the ground of health and safety does not constitute discrimination.
The following should be read in conjunction with the Information Boards located at each ride and attraction which outline the rules, restrictions and advisory information of each attraction. Additional information is also available on the relevant section of our website.
Wheelchair User Access
The vast majority of the Park is very easy to access for wheelchair users and there are special arrangements made at rides and attractions to allow access.
Wheelchair users can stay in their chairs at the following rides and attractions:
Rio Grande Train - Front carriage
Peppa Pig's House - Please contact the operator in Pedro Pony's Ride Photo kiosk to gain access
Show Street 4-D Cinema
Gardens & Aviaries
Al the other rides are accessible for wheelchair users via the exit gates. The exceptions are the Wave Runner, Raging River Ride, Viking Boards, Edge and Dragon Roundabout which all have steps and therefore require a certain level of mobility to gain access which does vary dependent on the ride. Please refer to the individual Information Boards at the particular ride prior to contacting the Ride Operator.
Wheelchair users are also able to use the Queue Assist Scheme to further assist their access to the Park's rides and attractions.
Please refer to the specific Ride Information Section for details (below). A guest with a limb in a plaster cast may be permitted to use a ride as long as they are able to adequately restrain themselves in a manner determined by the ride in question. The Ride Operator will be able to offer advice and their decision on whether the guest is able to use the ride is final.
Queue Assist Policy
We recognise that certain guests require additional assistance in order to be able to fully enjoy their visit to the Park. Apart from all the facilities mentioned above we also offer a special concession to guests who may have difficulties in understanding the concept of queuing. This may be due to difficulties in understanding the concept of queuing, having problems with everyday social interaction, have a limited capacity to follow instructions or to understand the emotional feelings of others or may become agitated or distressed having to wait for extended periods of time. The Queue Assist Scheme is also available to guests who are wheelchair dependent.
To qualify for the Queue Assist Scheme guests must go to the First Aid Centre located near the main entrance on Show Street. Guests will be required to have some form of documentation that states the nature of the disability (see below).
Guests who qualify for the Queue Assist Scheme MUST abide to the rules of any particular ride as detailed on the individual Ride Information Boards located at each ride and as summarised in the panels below. Exceptions to height, age and Health and Safety restrictions will not be made under and circumstances and we ask for a guest's co-operation on this matter.
Having a registered disability does not automatically qualify guests for the Queue Assist Scheme.
Wheelchair dependent guests can still use the Exit Gates of rides (see Wheelchair User Access above) with their carers without participating in the Queue Assist Scheme. Number of carers is set out for each ride and attraction detailed below.
Operation of Queue Assist Scheme
1) Issuing of a Queue Assist Pass
On arrival at the First Aid Centre a guest wishing to take part in the Queue Assist Scheme will be asked for documentary proof of the disability which can take the form of a GP's letter, Association Membership details, Council run membership or any other official document that states the disability. Please note that blue or orange badges will not be accepted as these do not state the nature of the disability.
For Season Ticket Holders a note will be made on their record so that documentation will not be required on each subsequent visit. After the initial registration Season Ticket Holders need only to report to the First Aid Centre and present the Season Ticket of the guest with the disability to enable a Queue Assist Pass to be issued.
Similarly, guests visiting the Park after they have previously presented their documentation need only quote their postcode and name so that their record can be checked and a Queue Assist Pass and wristband issued.
On successful application the guest with the disability will be issued with a unique wristband that will be attached to the wrist by the nurse. The guest or carer will be issued with a Queue Assist Pass which will be date stamped, logged and initialled by the nurse and is only valid for the one day visit.
2) Operation of the Queue Assist Scheme at a ride or attraction
The wristband holder who has been issued with the wristband may enter the ride as detailed on the Ride Information Boards, albeit in the majority of cases this will be via the Exit Gates where the guest needs to make their present known to the Ride Operator. The only exceptions are the Wave Runner, Raging River Ride, Cat-O-Pillar Coaster and Peppa Pig's House where guests should report to the adjacent Ride Photography Kiosk where a Ride Operator's assistance can be requested.
The wristband holder must be accompanied by at least one helper over the age of 14. If the guest does not meet the restrictions to ride unaccompanied they should be accompanied by a responsible adult aged 16 or over. The maximum number of carers permitted to ride will vary from ride to ride dependent on the ride compatibility. Details for each ride and attraction are listed below (please note a maximum of one carer is permitted on George's Dinosaur Adventure). The wristband holder MUST be present at all times.
The wristband holder or carer should hand the Ride Operator the Queue Assist Scheme Pass which will have issued and validated by a nurse as detailed above. The Operator will "hole punch" the appropriate part of the Pass as this only permits one Queue Assist entry per ride per day. Should a further ride be required then the Wristband Holder and Carer(s) will be required to queue as normal.
Guests at the exit may have to wait a short time to board the attraction.
The Queue Assist Scheme does not apply to Character meet and greets, Christmas attraction, Beastie Burrow, George's Spaceship Play Zone, Peppa Pig's House or any of the Park's special events.
The Park staff are always on hand to assist and offer advice but for the safety of all concerned are not able to assist with lifting a guest on or off a ride.
The ride Operator's decision is final as to whether a guest is able to use a ride.
Wristband and Queue Assist Passes remain the property of Paultons Park Ltd.
Assistance Dogs are permitted into the Park providing they are fully registered and in a harness (proof of registration may be requested). Assistance Dogs must be accompanied by the disabled person. A member of your party must remain with the dog at all times. Assistance Dogs will not be allowed to accompany guests onto the rides, please ensure the dog is left with another member of your group and not left unattended at any time. Dogs undergoing training will not be allowed inside the Park.