On Thursday we enjoyed a family day out at Hatton Adventure World in Warwickshire. To Little Mr’s delight, we were joined by our six year old nephew so armed with our waterproofs, as typically the half term weather has been dreadful, we headed on into the rolling hills of Hatton to meet the farm animals and begin our adventure.
There’s plenty to do at Hatton Adventure World with both indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy. There’s farmyard animals to meet, fun fair rides to enjoy, zip wires to ride, tractors and JCB’s to drive, rope bridges to scale and gold to find to name just a few of the things to do.
To begin our Hatton Adventure, our nephew made a beeline for the ride on JCB’s where you can pedal ride the mock JCB’s around a track complete with bridge and tunnel. Little Mr wasn’t particularly happy at being left in his buggy whilst his cousin had all the fun so we headed inside to the Scales and Tails building to have a look at the insects, snakes and lizards. My nephew spent ages looking at the lizards and the snakes. If you time it right, you can actually meet some of the insects up close and personal.
We headed next door to the Guinea Pig village where over 250 guinea pigs reside in their own little village. I was brave and took the opportunity to hold a very cute Guinea Pig who was stroked by our nephew and Little Mr. It’s brilliant how the children can get hands on and stroke or hold the guinea pigs.
As the weather held up, we walked down passed Bluebell the Cow and we had a go at milking her (don’t worry, she’s not real!) Next we headed on down the hill to the fairground rides and the bouncy castles where we let the boys run free (or crawl free in Little Mr’s case) to burn off some pent up energy.
Had the weather been better we would of let the boys explore the huge sandy play area but it was all really wet and we didn’t want them to get too sandy and moan for the rest of the afternoon. Similarly, ‘The Great American Gold Rush’ would be fantastic to enjoy in the warm sunshine but on a drizzly rainy Thursday, we gave it a miss.
After a couple of slides down the Anaconda Slide, we walked over to the Falconry Centre where we listened to a talk with one of the handlers who was holding one of the Hawks. What a beautiful bird! The handler was telling us all about the Hawk and was happy to answer any of our questions which was great. The Falconry Centre is home to Owls, Hawks and Kestrels and it’s great to see them so clearly.
Our nephew caught sight of a sit on blue tractor so ran up over to have a play driving Tristan the Tractor and then of course, Little Mr wanted to have a play and steer the tractor home.
After fun on the swings at the park, we headed inside to Snorty’s Bouncing Barnyard Restaurant for a cup of tea and a sit down whilst the boys had fun in the soft play area. As well as being a cafe and restaurant, there’s various different areas for children of all ages to enjoy if the weather is a bit grim outside. Little Mr enjoyed the sensory tent and the ball pool whilst our nephew worked up a sweat on the adventure play area and the scariest looking vertical drop slides, I have ever seen.
The boys had a brilliant day at Hatton Adventure World and had the weather been nicer we would of been able to enjoy all the activities and the shows that the park has to offer. We would love to return on a sunny day and take a picnic with us. There is definitely enough to keep the children happy for the day and I’d definitely recommend it to any families in the area.
As we were leaving the park to head back to the car park, we walked through Hatton Shopping Village which is a fantastic collection of boutique shops including a traditional sweet shop and giftshop, Lorna Loves.
We had a brilliant day out despite the weather at Hatton Adventure World. Both the boys fell asleep on the way home and I think that is the combination of the fresh air and a whole lot of fun.
Disclaimer: We were given free entry into the park and were also given some lunch vouchers to enjoy a bite to eat. All words and images are my own and this forms an honest and unbiased review.