New flume ride opens at 'UK's best value theme park' 80 minutes from London in dinosaur themed world

A new dinosaur-themed flume ride has opened at a theme park recently named the UK's best for value. Splash Lagoon has become the sixth ride in the existing Lost Kingdom land at Paultons Park and is aimed at younger children looking for their first thrill rides.

With a modest drop, you're not going to get the sort of drenching you would from the likes of Tidal Wave at Thorpe Park so you won't need to pack a change of clothes. Splash Lagoon is billed as a family-friendly water boat ride that takes young explorers on a Jurassic adventure.

It has meandering rapids before the drop into a 'prehistoric lagoon' below, and along the way you'll see some model dinosaurs, one of which appears to be bursting out of a metal framed tower. The ride officially opened at a press event on May 17.

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A large model of a stegosaurus stands next to a winding flume ride at a theme park
Splash Lagoon in the dinosaur-themed land Lost Kingdom -Credit:Paultons Park

Paultons Park, in the New Forest National Park in Hampshire around an 80-minute drive from parts of West London such as Hounslow, is also home to Peppa Pig World, which is one of the themed lands at the park, catering for younger children while other areas have more intense rides for older kids and adults.

Lost Kingdom is already home to the Flight of the Pterosaur and Velociraptor rides. Sound, planting, live shows, curated spaces, and colour help "create a captivating prehistoric landscape" according to the park.

James Mancey, deputy managing director at Paultons Park, said: "Splash Lagoon is already proving to be a big hit. The addition of a family flume complements the Lost Kingdom experience perfectly and means there are now six rides for guests to enjoy in our dinosaur themed land. Splash Lagoon is ideal for younger thrill-seekers, while
offering older children and parents an exhilarating ride."

Paultons Park says it prides itself on being a "destination for all the family" and boasts almost 80 rides and attractions across its five themed worlds. The attraction maintains an average 4.7 star ranking on Google Reviews, and with over 13,000 five-star reviews, beats all other UK theme parks. Thorpe Park holds a rating of 4.3 while Chessington has 4.1 and Legoland has 4.0.

James added: "The detailing and theming of Splash Lagoon has created a highly immersive family adventure. Everything we do at Paultons Park is centred around offering exceptional quality and value for money for families. We can't wait to welcome more guests to experience Splash Lagoon this summer."

In 2023, Paultons Park was named the UK's best value theme park by Touch Casino. The accolade was based on independent research which considered entry ticket price, queue times, parking fees, and number of attractions. Paultons Park gives free entry for children under 1 metre, and the research found it had some of the lowest ride queue times in the UK.

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