My four year old is OBSESSED with Peppa Pig. I thought it might be a passing phase – something she’d get bored of by the time she was three – but her Peppa loyalty knows no bounds and her love of the feisty pig is as strong as ever before. So strong, in fact, that she invited Peppa Pig to her fourth birthday party back in June.
It was my sister, pictured above (not Peppa – the other one), who first told me about the tour Peppa fans are currently going crazy for. Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Live Tour is the stuff that my four year old dreams of. Frog can’t wait to visit her aunty again because she now knows my sister lives near Peppa Pig World. But if she knew the tour was rocking up in her aunt’s home city? She’d go MAD.
What’s it all about?
Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Live Tour promises to be an all-singing, all-dancing adventure. There are puppets, sing-a-long songs and a typical Peppa Pig rollicking story line.
This trailer will give you an idea of what to expect:
Where is it showing?
You can catch Peppa and friends in action in the following places:
• Woking: 1st – 2nd Oct
• Bristol: 7th – 8th Oct
• Southampton: 10th – 11th Oct
• Bournemouth: 15th – 16th Oct
• Clacton-On-Sea: 18th – 19th Oct
• Nottingham: 25th – 26th Oct
Making a weekend of it in Southampton
If you don’t live in any of the places above, then how about making a weekend of it and staying overnight (or even two)? We love short breaks away as a family – these are the things that memories are made of.
My sister lives in Southampton, so I’ve got her top recommendations for what to do and where to eat. It’s a fantastic city to spend a fun family weekend in.
You’ve got three great options if you choose to see the show in Southampton. The Holiday Inn Southampton is close to the waterfront, near to the city centre. For a weekend in the city you can’t beat the location.
Near to Southampton, but in a quieter setting, is the Holiday Inn Eastleigh. You’ll find the hotel between Southampton and Winchester, in the heart of Hampshire. This is a fantastic option if you want to spend a day in Southampton before heading to explore Winchester the following day.
Or there’s the Holiday Inn Fareham, between Southampton and Portsmouth. Another good spot straddling two cities, for optimum adventure opportunities.
And the best thing about choosing a Holiday Inn? Once you’ve taken in the show you can go Peppa Pig crazy with a trip to Peppa Pig World courtesy of the special Holiday Inn Peppa Pig World package!
My sister tells me Trago Lounge on Southampton’s Portswood Road is a popular spot for families to grab some lunch. Tinto Lounge on Bristol’s Gloucester Road used to be a favourite of mine when I lived there, and Trago Lounge is part of the same chain. It’s family-friendly during the day but also makes a great venue for a drink in the evening.
The Cowherds on Southampton’s Common is another good pick. This is as much for the good food and laid back atmosphere as for the prime location. A short stroll through along a wooded path in the Common and you’ll come to a brilliant little park – it’s one that went down very well with Frog when we last visited my sister.
Also on the Common you’ll find the Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre. There’s a child-friendly cafe here, as well interactive displays teaching adults and kids alike about the nature on the Common.
If you’re all Peppa’d out after taking in the show and don’t fancy a trip to Peppa Pig World, then take a stroll to the Common and enjoy the park and the lovely wildlife. It’s a green oasis in the city and well worth spending an afternoon there.
Marwell Zoo is a short, easy drive away from Southampton. Get there early and make a day of it – you’ll need a while to take all the sights in.
Or, for something a bit more relaxed there’s always Southampton’s waterfront where you can look at the boats and maybe grab a drink if you’re feeling parched.
If you’ve got older kids in the group who’ve put up with Peppa Pig under duress then give them an experience of their own with a visit to SeaCity Museum. Set in the heart of the city, this museum tells the story behind the city’s connection with the Titanic.
Have you got any Peppa fans who you’ll be taking to see Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Live?
This post is written in collaboration with Holiday Inn.