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Paultons Park adds VisitEngland accolade to trophy cabinet

Friday 12th November 2021
Written by: Marketing Team
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The independently owned attraction is the only UK theme park to receive Gold level recognition

Paultons Park, the UK’s number one attraction as rated by Tripadvisor, has been awarded a VisitEngland Gold accolade celebrating excellence and the theme park’s high-standard offering.

The Hampshire attraction was the only theme park in the UK and one of only two attractions in the South East to achieve Gold.

The Gold award recognises Paultons Park’s ability to score highly across all areas of the judging criteria including food and drink, customer service, visitor experience and cleanliness.

James Mancey, Operations Director at Paultons Park, commented: “One of our core statements which we live by at Paultons is to be the best in everything we do. This mission informs our decision making and our approach to every aspect of our guest experience.

“Everyone at Paultons strives to deliver the best day out for all families visiting us and will go above and beyond to do so. Achieving Gold recognition from VisitEngland is testament to that effort and we’re honoured to be named alongside some of the best attractions in the UK.”

In total, 76 attractions were recognised based on the scores they gained in their annual Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme assessment by VisitEngland. With many attractions closed during the pandemic, the usual announcement in February 2021 was postponed to October, with attractions assessed in 2020 and 2021 included.

Andrew Stokes, VisitEngland Director, said: “I’m so pleased to see our visitor attractions back in the spotlight with these accolades that recognise the amazing experiences available across the country. They also acknowledge the people who bring the attractions to life through their unparalleled customer service. They are the ones who make an attraction the most ‘welcoming’ and give life to the ‘Best Told Story’ whilst the quality of the attractions themselves are rewarded with ‘Quality Food and Drink’ and ‘Hidden Gem’ and of course ‘Gold’ for best all-rounders.

“Now more than ever we need these attractions to encourage and remind us to get out and explore the amazing tourism on offer across England, driving recovery and economic benefits through the regions.”

Paultons Park was named by Tripadvisor as the 10th best-rated amusement park in the world and the fourth best in Europe – beating all other UK attractions – in the 2020 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. The family theme park also retained its title for an unbeaten fifth year in a row as the UK’s best-rated amusement park.

The Park’s major new themed world of attractions, Tornado Springs opened in April 2021 with eight new rides and experiences. The investment has expanded Paultons Park’s already extensive family offering, which includes the world’s first dedicated Peppa Pig themed world.

The destination covers 140 acres and has almost 80 rides and attractions including Jurassic-themed attraction Lost Kingdom, a variety of animal attractions, seasonal live shows, and a 4D cinema.

For further information about Paultons Park including opening times and to book tickets online in advance, visit:


Notes to editors

Paultons Park

Family-run theme park Paultons Park opened in 1983. The park covers 140 acres and has more than 70 rides and attractions including Jurassic-themed attraction Lost Kingdom. Paultons Park’s latest new themed world, Tornado Springs, opened to the public on 12th April 2021 adding eight new rides and experiences to its offering.

Peppa Pig World

UK and Eire exclusive and world first, Peppa Pig World, is located at family theme park Paultons Park in the New Forest, Hampshire and opened in 2011.

There are now nine rides including Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight, Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, Grandpa Pig’s Little Train Ride, Grandpa Pig’s Boat Trip, Daddy Pig’s Car Ride, George’s Dinosaur Adventure, Windy Castle, The Queen’s Flying Coach Ride and Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club. Other attractions within Peppa Pig World include Peppa’s House, Mr Potato’s Playground and Muddy Puddles, a water splash park.

Press enquiries to:

Leila Willingham, Account Manager, Liz Lean PR 01202 112032 |

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