Enchanted Christmas Kingdom at Hatton Adventure World22:53:00
On Saturday we headed to Hatton Country World for the Enchanted Christmas Kingdom experience. As Andy was working, I asked my Dad to come along with us. My Dad used to take me and my brother to Hatton a lot while we were growing up and so it was really nice to go back with him. The kids adore my Dad and don't get to go out with him often which made them even more excited.
On arrival, we headed to the ticket booth to claim our wristbands and book our timeslot. We had just a 20 minute wait to the next available slot so we headed to Guinea Pig village first to find that it had been decked out with decorations and trees. The animals in there are always so friendly and approachable. Gracie actually stroked the goats and sheep (she has always had a huge fear of animals) which we were amazed at as this was a first time despite it being our third trip to Hatton this year. After spending time seeing the animals we headed off to find Santa's Grotto.
We walked around to Santa's Enchanted Kingdom and entered through a lit up hallway. Along the way we found an Elf in Santa's workshop area, two lovely real reindeer' and lot's of festive figures and decorations. We waited just a few minutes before being led into a private room with Santa by one of his elves. There were chairs set out for us to sit and talk to Santa. He was a very friendly Santa and the kids enjoyed talking to him. He showed them his book with the naughty and nice lists inside and checked to make sure the kids were on the nice list. Luckily they were and so he closed the book and asked Gracie and Zach to each tap the book three times to make the naughty list disappear and to their amazement, when the book opened up it contained three gold keys. Santa then told the kids to take the keys to his toy shop and choose themselves a nice gift each and swap it for their magic key.
The toy shop is quite amazing, there were so many toys to choose from that we were there a while. Elsie chose a cute soft bodied baby doll which she absolutely loves. Zach chose a wooden alphabet jigsaw which is brilliant. Gracie chose a Barbie style doll with 4 outfits which she loved the look of but unfortunately the outfits were very poorly made, one was ripped, two were halter-necks which won't fit around the dolls head to go around her neck and the material feels and sounds like crinkly paper so she was so upset when she opened it.
As it was cold and raining and Zach was still getting over a cold, after a short stint in the craft tent, we spent most of our time in the Guinea Pig Village area again and in the soft play area, where we stopped for a nice hot drink. We were hoping to catch the entertainment but by the time the kids had had enough playing there was an hour until the next show that sounded fun for all three kids. So we headed to the sweet shop in the shopping village, which happens to be one of my favourite sweet shops ever, before heading home.
We all had a lovely day. It is a shame that Zach was poorly as they would usually love to take advantage of the empty play areas! The kids loved the Enchanted Christmas Kingdom and the festive decorations. It was nice to still be able to explore the farm to make the most of our visit.
The Enchanted Christmas Kingdom is open every weekend throughout December and a few extra days Christmas week. Prices start at £12.95 for children and £6.95 for adults, which isn't cheap if you have a few children but you do get to use all of the facilities and entertainment as well as visiting Santa and choosing a gift so I think you will get your moneys worth if you are planning on staying and playing!
You can book now at http://hattonworld.com