Family Day Out: Hatton Adventure World23:54:00
Last week was the second week of the Easter holidays for us and after some great news that Elsie is now well and discharged from hospital we decided to celebrate with an afternoon out as a family. I used to go shopping at Hatton Country World a lot a a kid with my Dad and Stepmum and it is a place that means a lot to me. However, I had never visited the farm.
As I have mentioned before, Gracie is scared of animals, we have no idea why but with a farm trip coming up with school we decided to take her ourselves first to show her that the animals are nice and not scary at all! We decided on Hatton farm as it is the cheapest locally that included both indoor and outdoor activities in one price and it has so many different activities for children.
Our first port of call was the Guinea Pig Village which actually houses more than just Guinea pigs and is home to lots of new baby animals including the super cute 3 day old baby goats above. We even got Gracie to stroke one of them briefly! The guy who was handling them was great when we explained that she was nervous!
There were also some slightly older piglets but they were fast asleep when we saw them. The Guinea Pig Village itself was great it was a huge room set out a bit like a model village one side contained female Guinea Pigs and the other, male Guinea Pigs. They were kept just behind some small walls so you could sit on the wall watching over them and they had mini houses and all sorts to run around. The kids loved them. Unfortunately the Guinea Pigs scared really easy, I love Guinea Pigs and really wanted to pick one up for a cuddle!
We then headed to the Tractor Safari to see the sights of the farm. It was so busy though that we couldn't fit on the tractor! Luckily the guy was lovely enough to come back and do another run just for us and one other family once he had finished the 4pm run. So we hung around near the Tractor stop while we waited. Whilst waiting the kids played on a stationary tractor and a climbing frame and we got to see more animals including a sweet little pony and Zach's favourite, a goat he named RaaRaa.
The kids loved the tractor ride, especially seeing the new baby animals out in the fields with their mums. It was a very bumpy ride but with just us and one other family we had plenty of space to move around and see everything around us. Gracie is learning about growing plants at school and so was really interested in hearing about what was growing in the crop fields.
As we didn't get there until late afternoon we didn't have long left after the tractor ride so the kids went to play in the various play areas. There is a gold digging area where you can pan for gold to receive a medal, unfortunately we didn't find any so the kids didn't get any medals. We played in the huge sand area which is a construction site theme, the kids loved this and it was quite popular among the other kids too. Gracie went on a bouncy castle and Zach played in a wooden fire engine and milked a pretend cow. There are all sorts of things for children of all ages. It's a shame quite a few of the rides and activities were unavailable when we went so we couldn't try out everything the farm had to offer.
As it was midweek and term time for kids in Warwickshire we got cheaper tickets at £7.95 per adult and £8.95 per child and under 2's free, It still cost us over £30 for less than 3 hours as you pay full day price whatever time you turn up. It is not a cheap day out but the kids loved it nonetheless and it was a special treat for us. As you can see we were really lucky with the beautiful weather too! Would we go again? Yes but we would definitely aim to go a lot earlier in the day and hope that there is more open next time we visit to make the most of our money. We would also like to spend some time in the shopping area too next time as it has changed so much since the last time I visited.
You can find out more about Hatton Adventure World here www.hattonworld.com