Paulton's Park is an amusement park situated in the village of Ower near Romsey in Hampshire, England. The name is derived from Paultons House, the house that used to be on the grounds before a fire. There has been large investment over the past few years, which has seen the park transform from a small local park, to a major attraction. Originally the park was just about birds, with the paying public paying to see a private collection now the park keeps a number of animals, including Meerkats, Penguins, South African Crowned Cranes, Touracos, White Faced Whistling Ducks and a variety of birds.The park has three roller coasters and three water rides the admission rates for the 2007 season are:
Shows, Play Areas and Other Attractions
The Aqua Bugs was a small round pool that was knee-deep, with a model lighthouse in the centre. It was removed in 2002 to make way for the Viking Boats ride.
The Bumper Boats was a popular ride up until its closure in 2003 and then removal in 2004. It featured petrol-powered bumper boats
The Crazy Karts were pedal karts in a large pen which were where the Dragon Ride is today. The karts were painted yellow.
The Crazy Ladders were two rope ladders leading up to a bell. The ladders would twist and turn as people climbed making it difficult to reach the bell, which the rider presses to sound a klaxon.
A miniature (free) racetrack which was situated where the Pirate Ship is today.
In the past, a smaller version of the Pirate Ship existed, and was on the site of the Whirly Copter ride, or later the Magic Carpet. The two Pirate Ships didn't operate at the same time.
The Runaway Train was the park's first major ride, opening in 1992 and closing in 1999, being relocated to Dunes Leisure Park, Lincolnshire. The track spiralled up in a 540° helix before spiralling down in another 540° helix. The train took the circuit twice, or on quiet days, three times.
The Skydiver was a ride with rising and falling carraiges, and was on the site where the Ladybird Ride currently is.
A kid's themed ferris wheel with helicopter-shaped cars with smiley faces. The ride unloaded two cars at a time and had a total of six cars. It took the place of the (original) Pirate Ship and was succeeded by the Magic Carpet.
Paultons added the Raging River log flume, in a new area in the park next to the Clock Hedge maze.
The Stinger rollercoaster replaced the Runaway Train rollercoaster after 7 years at the park.
The three new rides for 2001 were the Pirate Ship, the Viking Boats and the Dragon Ride, which replaced the Honda Go-Karts, Aquabugs and Crazy karts respectively.
Another three attractions were added, which were aimed at a young audience to keep in line with its family target group. The three attractions were the Digger ride, Seal Falls and a small toddler play area. The first two attractions were added in a new area behind the Raging River Log flume, and the other in the Kids Kingdom play area. The bumper boats were last seen this season, as the pool that they used was to be redeveloped in 2004 for the penguins. The pool was left unused and empty for the 2003 season.
The new ride for 2003 was the Flying Frog, a miniature version of The Stinger. This was located next to the Astroglide. The Wave Runner was built in the area inside the Rio Grande Train circuit, replacing where the llama pens were, which had to be removed after the Foot and Mouth outbreak. Also that year two new animal attractions were built on the site with the rhea & wallaby paddock. The African Aviary, Paulton's largest aviary containing a variety of African birds including East African Crowned Cranes and Meerkat Manor, an indoor/outdoor enclosure accomadating a family of Meerkats. The emus also moved to a new paddock, leaving their old one empty, ready for development.
In 2004, the Jumping Bean and miniature version the Jumping Jack were built next to the lake by the Teacup Ride. The penguins came to the park replacing the old Bumper Boats, and The Stables Kiosk which had been on site before the removal of the Pets Corner was renamed to the Penguin Parlour. Percy's Playhouse opened in the Summer, a tower with two slides, to replace the older tower in that location.
The Clown Show Arena was replaced with Percy's Pirate Adventure, and The Kontiki Ride was built on the green next to the Stinger. Ready to open in the summer was the Magic Carpet on the site of the old Whirly Copter ride.
The Cobra, a Gerstlauer Bobsled Ma model 450/4 was built, and with it the Snake Pit, a new refreshment venue. The Cobra is a great achievement by Paulton's, and is their biggest ride to date.
2007 A tractor ride will be added to the park, where children can control the speed of the tractors. The Crazy Golf and Panning for Gold Area will also be rethemed/revamped in a Western style.
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