Should you visit any self-respecting play area in Bristol; be it a park or soft play area, it won’t be long before you’ll overhear a fellow mum or dad enthusing about their recent visit to Puxton Park.
Nestled in the North Somerset countryside between Congresbury and Weston-Super-Mare, Puxton Park and Farmstore have been entertaining families for the last seven years and this year it’s proving to be more exciting than ever. Tessa-Lynne Davies thought a visit was well overdue.
Set within 40 acres of Somerset countryside, Puxton comprises of an award-winning adventure theme park, a popular farm store and Meadows the on-site restaurant. Turning off the A370, it can be an exciting prospect deciding which area to head for first. On entering the adventure park it is clear to see that the proprietors have thought long and hard about catering for children of all ages in a typical British climate. Within the grounds of the attraction, there are farm-themed play areas, rides, slides and construction themed sand pits. For the older children there is ariel climbing, Puxton fort, zip wires, water walkers and a boating lake. For the younger contingents visiting, there are Farmer Tom’s Peddle Tractors, The very popular Bouncing Pillow, JCB Dig and Play, and Crazy Golf. There are plenty of indoor areas to keep children occupied, including the large and colourful soft play barn, complete with its own McPuxton’s fast food court.
For any animal lovers, and an intrinsic part of the farm themed site, there are areas and displays dedicated to all sorts of farm animals, birds of prey and sections of conservational interest. The park boasts it’s very own Dairy quarters and invites visitors to see the workings of the milking process within a large barn at the top of the site. This year, staff at the park are very excited to announce that an extension to this attraction will be introduced in the form of their very own cheese factory. Later this summer, visitors can watch the cheese being made and sample some delights afterwards.
In addition to this, Pet’s Village houses all sorts of medium –sized animals including rabbits, chickens and ducks. During my visit, a duckling was born at ‘The Hatchery’- a dedicated area specifically for new-born creatures to thrive in incubators and encourage visitors of all ages to watch the growing process on site.
Throughout the day, the Puxton Park falconry centre hold displays, wowing crowds with the capabilities of owls, falcons and eagles. The enthusiastic bird handlers impart great detail about the lives and inner thoughts of the birds whilst they fly majestically from one end of the arena to the other.
Not content with offering a whole plethora of entertaining activities, the park also offers extra attractions throughout the year to mark various events. This summer will see the Seventh Anniversary of the park opening and to celebrate, there will be all sorts of exciting extras offered to families visiting. Punch and Judy, giant garden games and bouncy castles will be introduced into the festivities on the weekend of 5th July along with the extra bonus of only £4 entry per person.
Customer Services Assistant Cathy Murphy emphasised the importance of the latest expansion at Puxton Park. She said “We have seen a year on year increase in visitors here at Puxton and it’s a lovely place to be. The events we hold are always successful, whether it be Bonfire Night or birthday parties for little ones. Visitors tell us there’s always a great atmosphere and plenty to do. We are expanding significantly later this year and are very excited about the developments”.
Mum of two Andrea Robinson visited for the day from Reading and said “We came here for the first time today after my dad recommended it to us. There’s loads here to keep the kids occupied and it’s great for all weathers too. We have two children of differing age groups and they’ve been happy all day. We ran out of time but would have liked to have tried the train and pony rides”.
Suffice to say, a day out at Puxton Park is certainly a sure-fire option for any family looking to be entertained on a weekend or holiday break in the South West, come rain or shine.
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©Tess Egerton 2015