I was excited to be invited to pick our pumpkins at Hatton Adventure World. This is something I've never done before. I'd not visited Hatton before either, despite it being just half an hour away from my home. I'll definitely be going back.
Set in the Warwickshire countryside, Hatton Adventure World is a farm park with so many things to do. There are lots of animals to see, many play areas, a little fairground, bouncy castles, tractor rides, pony rides, sand pit, indoor play area, family theatre, cafes, restaurants and more! In fact, we will have to go back again because we didn't have time to do everything. I didn't have time to explore the shopping world so I'm planning a trip with just me and the Other Half to browse the shops.
Throughout the year Hatton has many events going on and we went there during the pumpkin event which is Halloween themed. All around the park you could see creepy figures, and listen to scary stories, or watch a spooky magic show. All the staff were dressed like they'd just come off the set of a horror movie.
I was a little concerned because my kids do get a little scared sometimes, but the spookiness was not overdone and you could partake in as much or as little as you wished. I even manged to persuade them to listen to a spooky story told by a witch.
We chose a lovely day to visit, really quite warm for October. So the kids were able to have lots of fun in the play areas and on the fair rides.
We took a picnic with us and managed to enjoy it in the sunshine in one of the many picnic areas. Days out can be expensive and although we do like to dine out occasionally, this time we decided to take our food and save some money. There were lots of places to buy food from though, and thankfully lots of coffee available too.
We spent a lot of time with the animals. It was lovely that the children could feed some of the animals and there were areas where they could sit and hold a snake or lizard. It's really nice when you can get up close to the animals. There were hundreds of guinea pigs in their own little world. There were also the farmyard animals to see such as goats, pigs and a friendly donkey as well as some reindeer.
There were also lots of birds to see and they hold displays throughout the day with hawks, falcons and owls.
We found Hatton Adventure World a really lovely place to visit and would love to go back again. The staff were really nice and friendly and I was always served with a smile. The guy in the refreshments store by the goldmines was particularly friendly despite having to deal with a constant queue of coffee and ice cream customers at one end of the stall and another constant queue of children waiting for their medals for collecting their gold pieces at the other end.
Also, the young man working the fairground rides was really pleasant and helpful.
My kids found it difficult to pick their favourite moment of the day, they were torn between all the fun stuff they managed to fit in. In the end we all agreed that we loved the pumpkin picking the best, after all that's what we went for. I would recommend Hatton Adventure World to my friends. The prices are reasonable too, starting from £3.95 a ticket but rising up to £13.95 when there are special events on. It's easy to find too being just a short drive from the A40 (that's if you get off at the right junction, which we managed to miss on the way there, we decided to come home avoiding the motorway seeing as we live so close.)