We were invited to Hatton Country World last week, and as it was a place that we’d been meaning to visit for some time, we were delighted to go along and find out what was there and explore.
There are two main areas, Hatton Adventure World and Hatton Shopping Village. It was the former that had Boo bouncing about with excitement, and Little Man shouting ‘animals’!
Once in, it there was so much to see and do, and it was tricky to decide what to do first. We opted for looking at the Farmyard Favourites, Guinea Pig Village and the new Scales and Tails area..
I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many guinea pigs in one place! In both the Guinea Pig Village and Scales and Tails, there were staff getting the animals out so that children could pet and hold them.
Both children enjoyed looking round, and even though it was very busy there, being a bank holiday weekend, we still managed to have a good look at everything.
Next up, we thought it wise to get some lunch before the restaurants filled up and before the kids started asking! There was a good selection of hot and cold food for children and adults. Kids meals were £4.95, including a drink, which I thought was reasonable, as days out like this often have quite inflated meal prices. We ate in Snorty’s Bouncing Barnyard restaurant, and Boo was delighted with what she found in there, aside from her food, as there was a huge indoor play area..
I cannot tell you how many times she went down that slide. Countless! She loved it. And lest we forget Little Man, there was a great section for 0-2’s in there, with a new sensory area, items to clamber and ride on and a ball pit. He enjoyed having a roam about in there..
We then went back outside, and started to explore, which basically meant chasing after this flying dot of pink, as she dashed from area to area…
Both of the kids loved the JCB track..
There were outdoor games to play..
An Easter egg hunt to join in with, which Boo loved, though Little Man was happier looking at the Easter bunny from afar – liked spotting him, though!
We then watched a falconry show, which fascinated us, but Little Man became a little restless, so we had to abandon that one! So we moved on to the seemingly endless play areas!
Literally hours of fun! We then had a little rest stop for cake and drinks, followed by ambling round the village shops, including a rather lovely garden centre with some bargain plants that I simply could not resist!
All in all, we had a brilliant day out. The children really enjoyed themselves, and were on the go all day. I think if we’d have had time, Boo would have wanted to go round everywhere again! For me, this is definitely a dry day visit, as although there is that fabulous indoor play area and the farm animals and scales and tails are all undercover, I’d feel like I wasn’t really getting the whole package and my money’s worth unless I could enjoy outside, too, as I’d say half of our visit was spent outside. I was also impressed by the fact that being a bank holiday weekend, they were clearly busy, and yet it didn’t feel over-crowded and staff were working hard to ensure service standards remained high. I’d guess that if it poured with rain, though, that those indoor areas would suddenly feel a tad crowded!
Definitely a place that we’ll be going back to, as we had such a lovely day out.
Disclosure: We were given free tickets to visit Hatton, though all words and opinions remain my own.