First, the details:
- Location: Hatton, Warwick. Postcode: CV35 8XA
- Opening times: Open daily from 10am until 5.30pm
- Food: café and restaurant on site. Outdoor picnic areas are spacious. Restaurant serves decent, freshly cooked food (think lasagne and chips, fish and chips) and pre-packed sandwiches. Kids' pick and mix lunch packs are available, with a good selection of sandwiches, treats, fruit and juices.
- Cost: costs vary, but for a family of four, budget between £40 and £50 for entrance. Under twos go free. It makes sense to book online for a 10% discount. Around £25 should buy lunch and drinks for a family of four.
- Guarantee: Book online and you can take advantage of the rainy day guarantee. If it rains and the programme's affected, you can email for a free return ticket. Great!
We went on a Friday. The sky looked a bit grey, but it was the last day of the Easter holidays. Come on kids - and off we go!
We live really close to Warwick so it wasn't far for us. There's loads of free parking, and the entrance to the village isn't far from the car park. Good job for us - it had started to rain!
Great indoor soft play, in zones for different ages
First stop - indoor soft play. We sheltered out of the now torrential rain with a coffee and slice of cake, whilst watching the kids have loads of fun in the very big soft play area. Our son LOVED the slides and spent a long time going up and down this one:
Baby girl and I hugely appreciated that the baby area was separate from the big kids' area. There were three zones for her - soft play, sensory and her favourite the ball pit!
"Ba ba ba ba ba !". Baby girl, aged one
Once the rain had subsided (slightly!), we headed outside to discover so much to do - indoor and out. We stopped by the children's entertainment which our son thoroughly enjoyed. The venue was a great size with plenty of seating, and a welcome pit stop in the warm.
"Mum.. he was really funny.." Our son, aged five and half
Next up a visit to see the animals. This again was indoor, and a good job as the clouds were pouring again! The goats had clearly worked out how to get the most food, and we were a bit worried they'd be able to jump over the fence. Never fear though - they couldn't.
Next door were lots of gorgeous guinea pigs, and baby girl loved to watch them scurrying around their spacious pens. And then the reptiles area...... ok, so not my favourite, but our son loved to see the miniature tortoises and lizards. He left the area with an understanding of and respect for all the different types of creatures there are in the world. Result!
Heading outside for lots of activities and play
We headed outside to a light drizzle, and our son spotted the JCB area straight away. Off he darted to grab himself a tractor to drive around the track. He particularly loved the ramps and beep beeped his way round the whole course lots of times. Baby girl even got parked in the JCB area.
"Dad, Dad, look! Coool!". Our son.
Baby girl and I set off to walk around the whole site and were met by the boys after a short while. There was lots to see and loads of outdoor activities. We particularly liked the outdoor games area - oversized ten pin bowling and snakes and ladders would be fab on warmer and sunnier days. Our son had a go on the massive helter skelter and came out of the bottom with a big smile on his face.
He also had loads of fun on the Quacky Races - although we couldn't buy a duck on the day to have a proper race, presumably because of the weather.
And despite the cold, he gave the gold mine a go, and rolled up his sleeves and got stuck in looking for gold.
"Awww Mum, just one more go, I might find a ring". Our son.
Lovely shops too
With the rain now torrential again, we headed off back to the car, with a quick purchase of fudge from the traditional sweet shop for the journey home. I also had a quick look round the gorgeous home made cosmetics shop (the hand cream was divine) and cook shop. All the shops at Hatton are independent, and had a lovely vibe.
We spent all day at Hatton, and arrived home very late afternoon. There's so much to do on good weather days and bad. We will definitely be back to try lots more of the outdoor activities during the next holiday. Recommended!
You can find out more at www.hattonworld.com.
Thanks Hatton World for providing us with tickets and a lunch voucher. All thoughts and words are my own.