Discover Christmas at Kew, Father Christmas and Peppa Pig World this festive season
Words Pendle Hart and Helen Baron
Peppa Pig World
You may not know it, but on the edge of the New Forest National Park stands Peppa Pig World: a theme park within a theme park (it’s hosted by Paulton’s Family Park) dedicated to every toddler’s favourite wholesome hog.
Rides and attractions will be semi-familiar to anyone who’s ever watched an epsiode or a hundred of the Peppa Pig TV show, with names like George’s Dinosaur Adventure, the Windy Castle Ride and Peppa Pig’s Balloon harking back to classic moments from the series. You can even play at jumping in muddy puddles, meet Mummy and Daddy Pig and visit Grandma and Grandpa Pig’s house – and of course, there’s a toy shop full of Peppa goodies too. All told, it’s a sweet and innocent way to spend a day and kids will lap it up; more importantly, it’s hardly a couple of hours’ drive from London.
And if you’re not too tired out by the end of all that pigginess? Well, you could always take a walk in the New Forest – you might spot some real porkers snuffling about among the trees. Sow amazing.
Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith
Christmas at Kew
Kew Gardens is set to transform into a magical after-dark explosion of festive colour this month. The annual Christmas spectacle is a breathtaking display of more than 60,000 lights in a mile-long illuminated trail inspired by the gardens themselves.