Family days out: Paul’s Pirates

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I can hardly believe that this time last year we were basking in temperatures 20C higher than what we are experiencing at the minute.

With the recent snow and high wind chill, an indoor adventure was on the cards for our day out this week.

So off we headed to Paul’s Pirates.

Based on an industrial estate in Wellingborough it can be difficult to find as you can’t see it from the roadside.

However, with the aid of my trusty sat nav, we arrived for opening at 10am.

As it was a school day, I paid just £2.50 entrance for me and my little girl Ruby, who is 18 months old.

Paul’s Pirates is an indoor play area which has a pirate ship-themed climbing apparatus which includes a ball pool, two slides, swings, ropes, mangle, stepping stones, shooting cannons and a rope bridge.

Ruby was pretty excited when we got here and we headed to the far corner which is dedicated to under-threes.

It’s not a very big area but it does contain a small ball pit, lots of soft play toys and a Velcro wall jigsaw of a pirate – which Ruby happily tore down as soon as I had put all the pieces in the right place!

The larger play area is only suitable for children to play on their own if they are aged three years and over.

However, Ruby and I went for a wander and after climbing up together, I took her down the three-lane slide – which was very fast (and she loved it!)

After a bit of playing we sat down and had some snacks and drinks.

There’s food and drink available on site, so I had a nice cup of tea to quench my thirst (and warm up my hands as it was really cold outside!).

All in all we only spent about an hour here, mainly for two reasons: Ruby was getting tired and we had a 20-minute drive home; and if I’m honest, there wasn’t a great deal Ruby could go on due to her age.

The under-threes area only kept her entertained for half an hour or so and she just wanted to head on to the big climbing frames, but obviously she wasn’t old enough!

It was certainly worth a visit though and it’s a place I’ll keep in mind when Ruby is a little older and she can enjoy it much more.

Easter Egg Hunt!

On Friday, March 29, you can search for eggs on the Pirate Ship at Paul’s Pirates.

Once you find them, just take them to reception to get your Easter chocolate!

Normal entrance fees apply and everyone is welcome to take part throughout the day between 11am and 3pm.

Where to find them

Unit 15, Regent Park (off Booth Drive), Park Farm South, Wellingborough NN8 6GR.

It can be easy to miss as it’s on an industrial estate and can’t be seen from the roadside, so keep your eyes out for the Regent Park sign at the entrance to the units.

For more information visit www.paulspirates.co.uk or call 01933 679265.

Opening times

Tuesday to Friday – 10am-6pm

Saturday – 10am-4pm

Sunday – 10am-4pm

Closed on Mondays

Easter

Friday, March 29 – 10am-5pm

Saturday, March 30 – 10am-4pm

Sunday, March 31, and Monday, April 1 – closed

April 2 to April 15 – 10am-4pm every day

Entrance fees

Weekends and school holidays

Five years and over – £4.25

Under-fives – £3.25

Under-ones – £1

Adults – free

Weekdays term-time (before 3pm)

Five years and over – £4.25

Under-fives – £2.50

Under-ones – £1