Hatton Adventure World is situated just outside Warwick, a few minutes drive from the M40. It's a fantastic day out for the family, with all sorts of things to see and do and a programme of events that changes seasonally. We visited during the first half of the Summer Spectacular for the Wild West Carnival, and from now until the 6th September 2015 Hatton is celebrating a Pirate Festival.
We arrived as the park opened at 10am, and we found that although clearly popular it was never too crowded. There was so much to do that we didn't know where to start! One of our first stops was the Gold Rush to do some panning for gold. I was very impressed that this was included in the ticket price, as I've visited similar attractions that charge extra and so it's something that the children haven't done before!
They had a great time splashing about looking for little gold pieces, even though Harry managed to empty one of the pans of water down himself, and they were thrilled that they could exchange their gold for a medal to take home.
Then we moved on to the inflatables, with a choice of a bouncy slide, inflatable pyramid to climb and a traditional bouncy castle. There were also trampolines and plenty of outdoor play equipment for them to run about on.
I think all children love a sandpit, and ours spent lots of time in the construction area digging around. There was a smaller sand pit area too where Mia spent ages building a volcano in the sand while Harry surprised us by voluntarily going on an aerial runway ride for the very first time!
There were plenty of opportunities to get close to animals, and we paid 50p each to buy a cup of animal food which you can post to the animals through tubes in the fence (and watch as they open their mouths around the tube to gobble it all down!)
Another highlight was the Guinea Pig Village where you can visit 250 resident guinea pigs in their own miniature setting. There were opportunities to stroke and hold the guinea pigs, and children can sit with them on their laps. We also saw children having the opportunity to handle a snake, although ours were far too timid! There were plenty of knowledgeable staff around to answer questions about the animals.
We had a lot of fun in the Jungle Maze which has some challenges for the children to complete as they go around and also animal shapes for them to spot. It took us a couple of attempts to find the way out!
Throughout the day there was a full programme of shows. We managed to see the Magic Show and the Puppet Show which were very good, as well as the Sheep Racing which was a lot of fun to watch. Other shows that we didn't get to included Falconry Shows and a Wild West Show - we just couldn't fit everything in! Older children can also take part in a game of Laser Combat which is included in the ticket price.
We spent quite a bit of time in the indoor play centre Superslide Mania. Around the edges are some soft play areas and then in the centre are some pretty scary looking slides, including some very steep drop slides. Our children won't go anywhere near those, but they did love the coloured wavy slide and were quite happy to go down it over and over again. There was no objection to adults going on the slides too!
Finally, just as we were leaving the children spotted the pony rides, and as they had been so good all day we treated them to a ride for £2.50 each. They have never ridden on a horse before so we weren't sure what they'd make of it, but they both loved it and delight was etched onto their little faces. In the background of the photograph you can see the Tractor Safari which we didn't manage to get to but it also looked like a lot of fun!
We had a great day out. I think that the entrance price is very realistic for a full day of entertainment, we were busy all day and we didn't manage to see everything - I would fully recommend a visit if you are in the area.
We were provided with complimentary tickets to Hatton Adventure World in exchange for a review. On the day gate admission to Hatton Adventure World is £13.95 per person, with free entry for children aged under 2. Discounts are available if you book online in advance, and if you book online a minimum of five full days in advance for a named date you can receive a free adult entry with two other paying visitors. For more information see the website.