I fondly remember our previous visit to Hatton Adventure World, for Mini’s 1st birthday. I turned around for a few moments and caught her eating some guinea pig poo! It seems like only yesterday and now she is nearly 6! So when we were recently invited for a visit, I was interested to see if anything had been updated since our last visit.
Hatton Adventure World, is in Warwickshire, and easily reachable via M40. The main attractions are based around farm and animal activities, with lots of add-ons such as animal shows, feeding opportunities and plenty of play areas. Hatton hosts a great range of seasonal activities so it’s best to check their website for what’s going on when you visit.
We were invited to Hatton Adventure World to experience and review their great summer adventure programme of activities. As well as the standard attractions, there is additional land zorbing, water wars and water battles. Unfortunately on the day of our visit, the great British summer weather had decided to show it’s true colours and we awoke to a rather drizzly day.
When we arrived at Hatton, we were told that the additional summer activities were unfortunately cancelled due to the weather. In addition, some of the standard attractions were also cancelled such as the bouncy castle and fairground rides. Obviously this can’t be helped and I was impressed to see that for the day of our visit the entrance price had been reduced.
We started our trip with a visit to feed the goats and sheep. Mini always loves feeding animals and there were particularly lots of goats eyeing up her tub of feed. In the animal barn, she also had the opportunity to hold a guinea pig. She was able to pick the one she wanted to hold herself and gently picked it up and popped it down on her lap for a stroke. I think she would have happily stayed there for a long while, she loves anything soft and fluffy!
There was also an area to see various reptiles in the animal barn, as well as the opportunity to hold some snakes but we missed the time for that during our visit. It was good to see that throughout the animal barn there were plenty of sinks to wash your hands after touching the animals.
Outside, Mini found the JCB track and had great fun riding on all the different sized trucks, including refuelling them along the way at the petrol station. At the end of our visit she said that this had been her favourite part of the visit and wanted to go back just to play here again.
At this point the rain started to fall so we headed into the indoor play area hoping it wouldn’t last for long. The play area is a really decent size and has separate areas for younger children to play too. At the centre of the play area were a number of different shape and sized slides, including one with a vertical drop at the start. To begin with Mini was unsure about going on this slide and Mr Mack managed to convince her to let him drop her off the edge. After that, she loved it and even went on the bigger drop slide herself towards the end.
In the same area as the soft play is the main café and restaurant. It had a decent selection of sandwiches, cakes, refreshments and hot meals. I’d say the prices were about average for this type of attraction, however it would have been nice to see a few healthier options available. We had brought a picnic with us for the day, however did buy drinks from the café.
After lunch the rain had stopped and we decided to head towards the tractor ride. The rather bumpy adventure took us on a ride around some of the Hatton estate. We could see a number of animals and crops, including the pumpkins that were growing ready for Halloween. Our guide was really informative and pointed out lots of points of interest along the ride, including the nearby Warwick Castle. Mini then had a play on one of the play areas, including a rather fast zip wire, which she loved, before we headed to watch the falconry show.
The guide explained that due to it being a wet day not all of the birds were able to fly. He had moved the show to an indoor area and was able to do a fantastic demonstration with Chicco, a Chaco owl. After explaining a little bit about owls, we were able to take it in turns to wear a special glove and have Chicco fly and land upon it. Both Mini and Mr Mack had a turn and were surprised how light he felt.
After the demonstration with Chicco, we went on to explore the bottom area of Hatton Adventure World. This part had an assault course, which Mini was excited to tackle. It also had a game of laser combat, however this was recommended for children over 8 years old. Instead we decided to try panning for gold, we found a few pieces but sadly not enough to retire early on.
This area normally has the bouncy castle and fair rides, which were closed due to the weather. However, there was still plenty to do including trampolines, another adventure play area and a sand pit with more JCB diggers. The rain started again at this point so we decided to head inside for a final play in the soft play area before we headed home.
Even though we were disappointed that we couldn’t experience all of the activities at Hatton Adventure World, we still found plenty to do and explore. We arrived at 10.30am and didn’t leave until 4.15pm so we definitely still found enough to do to entertain us. I’d recommend a visit to Hatton for families with children up to around 12 years old. We enjoyed our day and had lots of fun despite the rain, there is plenty of open spaces for children to run around and I’m sure that Mini will sleep well tonight after our outdoors adventures.
There is also a small shopping village and garden centre at Hatton Adventure World, we didn’t have time to explore this during our visit so that would be great to visit on our next trip.
For up to date ticket prices, including annual membership visit the official Hatton Adventure World website here.
Disclaimer: We were invited to attend Hatton Adventure World to review their great summer adventure programme. All views and opinions are entirely our own.