Tornado Springs Tower

New Tornado Springs at Paulton’s Park

We have been fans of Paulton’s Park for many years, but most people associate it with being the home of Peppa Pig World and therefore a theme park perfect for the under 5’s. Back in 2016, The Lost Kingdom opened, bringing with it two new rollercoasters and dinosaur themed rides, perfect for the more adventurous members of the family. Now, there is even more to enjoy with their new Tornado Springs. Tornado Springs at Paulton’s Park Tornado Springs is a brand new world featuring 8 incredible new rides and experiences including a spinning coaster, gyro swing ride and a driving …

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Little Beaulieu Isaac

Exploring the new adventure play area at Beaulieu

Visiting Beaulieu and the National Motor Museum has always been one of our favourite days out locally. Not only is there the motor museum to explore, with fascinating cars from yesteryear through to some of the bizarre creations from the world of Top Gear, there is the old Abbey, Beaulieu house and beautiful gardens to explore. Now they have added even more to do with the introduction of the fantastic new play area – Little Beaulieu and we were invited to the launch this weekend. Little Beaulieu is the perfect area to let the kids run wild as they explore …

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The World of Dinosaur Roar! at Winchester Science Centre – Review

Last year we headed to Winchester Science Centre to experience their Christmas activities and the kids really enjoyed the live science show with a Christmas twist. This year they a brand-new Christmas partnership with the creators of The World of Dinosaur Roar! with a full-blown dinosaur-themed Christmas experience and we were invited along to take part. Winchester Science Centre is a great day out for the kids, full of hands-on learning activities that they not only enjoy, but also helps them understand how the world works around them and they were really excited when they spotted a dinosaur crate outside, with a …

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Winchester Science Centre Christmas

Celebrating the run up to Christmas with a difference at Winchester Science Centre

At the age of almost 11, Isaac isn’t the biggest fan of Christmas days out where it is all about visiting Santa, so we have been on the look out for the perfect day out for all ages to enjoy. When we heard Santa and his elves were heading to Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium with pantomime favourite Jack and the Beanstalk, I knew the kids were going to love it as the experience unites the magic of Christmas with the excitement of science. The experience comprises two main events, an hour-long Santa and science experience and a 30-minute Reindeer Round-up in …

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Palace House

Experiencing Christmas at Beaulieu for the first time

A visit to Beaulieu, in the heart of the New Forest is something that the whole family enjoys.

Home to the National Motor Museum, the World of Top Gear, Palace House, a 13th century Cistercian Abbey, the Monorail and stunning gardens, there is something to spark the interest of all ages.

Last night, we were invited to Beaulieu’s stunning new illuminated Christmas trail which features over one million lights in a mile long shimmering trail of 11 individual installations.

Gingerbread Man

Once through the entrance, you are presented with a Christmas wonderland filled with vintage fairground rides and stalls with everything from Santa’s Sweetshop to a Bar, popcorn to a Carvery and burgers.


The trail starts with a stunning 200ft long Cathedral of Light and as you emerge from the other end, you catch glimpses of other installations throughout the grounds.

Cathedral of Light

From the tunnel, it was past some lit Christmas trees and into the grounds of the stunning Beaulieu Abbey, which was warmly lit by 180 flickering torches to make a Fire Garden.

Beaulieu Abbey

From there, we found a crowd of people gathered around Beaulieu’s replica 1912 open-topped London bus, fronted by a rather excitable man called ‘Toot Sweet’.

Toot Sweet

He was, unsuccessfully, trying to keep the crowd quiet as he had a very special guest onboard the bus, trying to have a nap, however, getting the kids to sing ‘the wheels on the bus’ was never going to be quiet!!

Father Christmas

The special visitor was Father Christmas and climbed to the top of the bus to greet the adoring public and had everyone singing Jingle Bells before heading back inside for some more sleep so we continued along the trail to see what we could find.


About half way around there is a chance to stop for a break and toast marshmallows in a fire pit, or try to spot the elf hidden in the gingerbread house.

Gingerbread House

Every display is different and there is music to accompany the lights all the way round. The kids loved the 12 days of Christmas display, which saw 12 pictures light up as the song played.

12 days of Christmas

Sebby was particularly smitten with the Nutcrackers and they all tried their hand at dancing to Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.


Palace House itself was brought to life by dancing lights that perform in time to much-loved Christmas classics.

Palace House

We then headed through the Icicle Walk, with larger than life gleaming shards which guide you through Mill Pond walk on the banks of Beaulieu River, which have been lit up with thousands of colour changing fibre optics.

Christmas at Beaulieu

The trees were lit up in all the colours of the rainbows, with twinkling stars floating above your head.


The flowerbeds were glowing blue and the kids thought it looked like bluebell forest, before the lights changed into reds, yellows, whites and greens as we walked through.

Beaulieu Christmas Lights

My photo’s really don’t do the experience any justice as it was a “WOW!” moment around every corner.


The finale is a fantastic larger than life display of trees, with rainbow coloured lights dancing to cheerful Christmas music.

Christmas Tree

Christmas at Beaulieu runs until 24th December 2018 and online admission prices are: Adults: £14.50, Children: £8.00, Family Tickets: £40.00 and under 5’s and carers free. Tickets are available online and on the door. Please be aware that additional charges apply for the fairground rides and Christmas stalls and you don’t get a meet and greet with Father Christmas.

Christmas Beaulieu

We really enjoyed our visit to Christmas at Beaulieu, it is the perfect setting for the magical light and music show. It took us 90 minutes to walk along the light trail and you can also view them from above on their monorail system for a different perspective.

For more information on the display and museum and illumination prices, visit