Just before Christmas we came to Hatton Country World for a birthday party and whilst we had a great time, I promised the girls we would return when it was a bit quieter. So when I saw they were offering half price tickets until early February on a rare day my husband had off work we decided to snap them up despite the uncertain weather.
It was certainly a chilly although sunny one on the day we went to Hatton but that did not bother the girls who were both raring to go the minute we arrived. We arrived just in time for the birds of prey show which due to the Avian Flu was performed inside. However this did not detract from the enjoyment. Arya (my 4 year old), despite being a little apprehensive at first, really enjoyed having the barn owl swoop so close and over her head.
After we visited the other birds of prey, Arya raced onto the tractor ride on track. Whilst me and Sienna (my 1 year old) took a slower pace and visited some of the outdoor animals like the sheep and wallabys. Both girls enjoyed driving around on the tractors and a rather cold mummy and daddy had to do some persuading to move onto the exotic creatures where we had just enough time to say hello to the snakes that had been bought out by the team.
We decided to initially give the guinea pig handling a miss as it was very busy with lots of excited children wanting a cuddle and took advantage of the quiet to see the indoor farm animals. Sienna’s favourite, pigs where there with their little piglets – which Sienna kept coming back to visit many times after moving on. There was the opportunity to feed the animals but Arya was not keen so we gave this a miss. Both girls did enjoy seeing and giving the goats, sheep and donkeys. We then just had time to catch the end of the guinea pig handling after the main rush had finished.
The fairground rides are open for a short period in winter months and we all enjoyed the teacups before it was time for lunch. As it was quite chilly we had decided against our usual pack lunch and decided to treat ourselves to lunch in the cafe.
The best thing about Hatton’s cafe is that it is contained in the soft play area meaning that little ones do not get frustrated waiting for their food – in fact I had to hunt Arya down when her food arrived (she was braving the big drop down slide – eek). The soft play is split into 3 distinct areas depending on age and was being enjoyed by lots of children. Unfortunately that means that despite being a quiet time of year the cafe was packed and it was hard to find a table (although I expect the cold had something to do with it).
The food was your standard cafe menu at higher prices but they did have plenty of gluten and dairy free options. The portion sizes were generous and we certainly didn’t go hungry.
There was time for a quick play in the sandpit before we had to get Sienna home for her nap.
On the whole despite it being on the cold side we still found plenty to do and ended up having to miss a few things out. It was a great day out and well worth doing even when it was winter.
Price: We paid £2.48 per adult and £3.48 per child over 2 on a special offer
Baby changing: Yes
Food available: Yes – cafe onsite and just outside
Picnic areas: Yes – sheltered
Pushchair accessible: Yes but a bit muddy and bumpy in parts