Day Out Review: Hatton Country World

Today five of us spent a great day at Hatton Country World. Me, my friend Kate and her little boy Sonny (6) and my two Sam (6) and Lily (3). We were expecting showers but knew there would still be loads to do if it did rain. We were very pleasantly surprised with beautiful weather and a fun packed day.  Also it wasn't too busy which suited us. 

We started the morning by milking a cow, not a real one, although there was a real cow being milked at some point in the day that we never quite made it to. 

Then we thought we would let the children decide what they wanted to do next. Lily chose the little fairground rides, which are all free once you have paid admission and the boys spent some time on the bouncy slide and bouncy castle. There is one for older children and one for younger children which is great as sometimes bigger children go a bit mad where bouncy castles are concerned!  I wish I had thought to put them in shoes that could be removed easily, they both had pumps on and needed help with laces.

Next we headed to the Sports Day races, via a quick bounce on the trampolines. The races were for children (and a couple of grown up ones too) and my competitive boy was delighted to come first in the bouncy hopper race and get a medal for his efforts and to stand on the podium.  

All that exercise and we were ready for some lunch. We eat in the restaurant (Snorty's Barnyard) and thought that it was all really nice food and pretty good value.  The children cleared their plates which is always a good sign! The soft play is located in there as well so they went on that after food while we had coffee and a cake.

Next we went to feed the animals, the goats, guinea pigs and look at the chickens and pigs. It was quite warm in there so we didn't hang around too long. Next to the outdoor play area with a sand pit and zip wire and then the JCB  area.  We went on  a fantastic bumpy tractor ride (Tristan the Runaway Tractor) which the children loved and was a nice excuse to sit for a while! Finally we panned for gold (it might be worth packing an extra t shirt for this bit as all of the children got soaked!) we handed the gold they found in at the kiosk and got medals in return.

We were all exhausted by the end of the day and there was so much we didn't get to see (the Maze, the big slides, the animal races, giant puzzles and games, another big playground, magic shows and more...) I think next time I would arrive earlier to get even more out of the day.  There is a special programme of events on over the summer as well so it is worth checking this out before you go. I liked the fact that they announced each activity over the tannoy as a reminder and so that you knew when and where to find it. It costs £12.95 for an adult, £13.95 for a child (2-14) and under 2's go free. 

By Midland Mum Kiera 

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