Activities & Days Out / 1 May, 2021 / Ellie Thompson
For all those thrill-seekers out there, hold onto your sun hats, Tornado Springs is opening at Paultons Park. With new attractions for all ages, it’s set to be the staycation destination of the year.
What better way to celebrate the end Lockdown than with the launch of the most awesome world of attractions to-date?
Finally, on Monday, 12th April the long-awaited opening of Tornado Springs will happen following a tremendous £12 million investment. With eight new rides and experiences, Tornado Springs is yet another fabulous reason to visit Paulton’s Park, already home to the legendary Peppa Pig World and more. Covering four acres, the opening of Tornado Springs is anticipated to be the event of the year when it comes to UK theme parks.
Who needs overseas travel right now? Set in a midwest desert resort town in the American heyday of the 50’s, Tornado Springs will transport you back in time for a staycation like no other. The detailing that’s gone into the attraction’s theme is fantastic, visitors will feel fully immersed in this rough and tumble Wild West-style world. Who doesn’t love a road trip to the desert?
Toronado Springs is home to the Route 83 Diner, a fabulous 1950’s themed American diner so you can enjoy classic American food in between rides. Burgers, fries and milkshakes will be consumed in abundance here.
One for the older kids, the Storm Chaser rollercoaster is one of the first of its kind in the UK. Storm Chaser is a free-spinning ride travelling up to 20m (65ft and 7 inches) above the ground. The trains of carriages are taken to exhilarating heights, swirling guests around at speed. A ride not for the faint-hearted, Storm Chaser is set to attract thrill-seekers from all over the country.
Ride height: 1m plus
The Cyclonator is a Gyro Swing spinning pendulum ride that can carry 30 people at a time. Cyclonator is themed as a wind-powered invention by the townspeople of Tornado Springs and is possibly the piece de resistance of this rustic midwest desert town. A ride for kids and adults measuring at least 1.2m, the Cyclonator is set to be one of the most popular and thrilling rides at Paultons Park.
Ride height: 1.2m+
A garage-themed driving school with 30 electric cars will enchant younger kids and their accompanying adults. Get behind the wheel and head out onto Route 83 in a classic 50’s American car. Enjoy the ride and pick up your very own driving licence from Al’s Shop and Service (for a small fee!)
Ride height: 0.8m+
The Water and Windmill towers at Tornado Springs stand proud over the midwest town providing power generation out in the dry and crooked countryside. You and your family will see the sights from the two twin drop towers, as you bounce up and down!
Ride height: 0.8m+
Toronado Springs wouldn’t be complete without a water raft ride, and the legendary Buffalo Falls will not disappoint. Enjoy the views from the top of the falls and feel the rush as you race dinghies down the breath-taking white waters all the way to the bottom.
Ride height: 0.9m+
Stop by Farmer Flo’s and enjoy a leisurely trip on her cute little old tractors around the farm. There are lots to see on your travels; all manner of delicious fruit and veg and keep an eye for the cheeky and mischievous groundhogs who have taken up residence!
Ride height: no restrictions
All aboard! No trip to Tornado Springs would be complete without a ride on the famous Rio Grande Railway! Fully refurbished with onboard audio, the classic Rio Grande loco will take you on a delightful journey through the heart of Tornado Springs, through the woods and around Little Africa.
Ride height: no restrictions
Tornado Springs is also home to two fabulous playgrounds that cater expertly to different age ranges. For the little ones, there’s Parking Lot Tots and for the older kids, Junkyard Junction.
And of course, for families with young children, one of the best things about Tornado Springs is that Peppa Pig World is located just next door, within the same park, accessible within the ticket price.
A fabulous adventure day for little ones, rides now include 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, the extremely popular water splash park.
For tickets to Paulton’s Park, visitors can find out more information and book tickets on the Paultons Park.
A face covering is required when queueing for and whilst on this ride (with the exception of children under 11 years and anyone with a disability or medical condition that precludes them from wearing a face covering).
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, will open to the public on 12th April 2021 adding eight new rides and attractions to its offering.