WITH the school holidays now in full swing finding the perfect day out for the whole family can be a tricky business.
It’s a problem many parents know only too well, particularly if, like me, you have two daughters with an age gap – and differing opinions on how they want to spend their time!
Step forward Hatton Adventure World, a jewel in the crown of family entertainment, which has once again come up trumps with an impressive programme of summer fun guaranteed to keep children of all ages occupied for hours.
Located in the countryside just outside the stunning town of Warwick, which incidentally is worth a visit in its own right if you’re passing through, Hatton Adventure World offers a warm welcome right from the start.
There’s plenty of parking, much of it on level hard-standing, making it a breeze if you’re navigating the park with a pushchair or wheelchair.
After a short walk through the very pretty shopping area – more of which later – you’re through to the admissions area and into the main park.
Family fun really doesn’t get much better particularly in these Covid times. Aavailable to enjoy in the fresh air are rides, games, a playground, obstacle course, tractor safari, pony rides, sheep racing, sandpits, JCB track, Goldrush panning, falconry centre and farmyard where you can get up close to all sorts of animals, including goats and sheep, pigs – and even reptiles and all manner of exotic creatures in the Scales and Tails exhibit.
While there’s a glorious sense of nostalgia about it all, bringing back memories of summers past, Hatton Adventure World has also invested heavily in more modern-day pursuits, with a four-acre Laser Combat Field being just one of the attractions that older visitors can enjoy. (A free game of Laser Combat is included in the admission price for all children aged 8-14 throughout the school holidays.)
By far one of the biggest highlights of our visit was the brand new ‘roarsome’ Dinosaurs Alive! attraction, which runs at the park throughout the school holidays, until September 5th. My daughters loved the live show which saw performers introduce a number of amazing dinosaurs to the crowd. Educational and fun at the same time!
There were also plenty of giggles to be had courtesy of ventriloquist Shane West (alias Zooby!) who performed in the Family Theatre tent. My youngest absolutely loved the show and was keen to get involved at every opportunity. I’m pretty sure she would have joined him on stage had she been given the chance! There is an ever-changing programme of shows on in the tent throughout the holidays.
Hatton Adventure World offers plenty of space for a picnic, but if you’re in the mood for a tasty treat the park’s restaurant is one of three indoor dining options. There’s plenty of choice and the main restaurant is light and airy with lots of space between tables. What’s more, if your little ones have spare energy to burn after lunch then there’s also a well-equipped soft play centre just next door in the form of Snorty’s Superslide Mania. This is also a handy retreat should the weather turn inclement. (Booking required)
Before you go, a visit to the neighbouring Hatton Shopping Village is an absolute must. You’ll find everything from jewellery to fashion, antiques and a quaint little sweet shop, all tucked away in a pretty courtyard. And yes, you did spot a gin distillery. You can even book in to make your own gin here at one of their workshops!
With restrictions now lifted, here has never been a better time to rediscover Hatton Adventure World and all it has to offer, including camping and even events such as outdoor movie nights and extra seasonal offerings. (Look out for the Pick Your Own Potatoes and Sweetcorn next month and Pick Your Own Pumpkins in October!)
For more information, or to book tickets, click here
By Clare Brennan