Last weekend saw us visiting a firm favourite here, Hatton World. With animals to see and meet, play areas aplenty and a JCB Track that they’re a little addicted to, the children adore our days out there, and on this occasion it was even more special than usual, as we were there to visit their Enchanted Christmas Kingdom. You can read more about Hatton World in my last post, with photos of the animals and the various activities there are to do there, as today, I’m talking Christmas!
Even before we were inside, we were put in a festive mood, by the Christmas markets there, decorations sprinkled all over the place and then this….
There’s also a nativity set arranged there, with donkeys in situ, ready for live nativity performances, though we didn’t manage to catch one of those.
We decided to get straight to the grotto when we got in, partly as Boo seemed a little under the weather (and yes, it transpired she was coming down with something) so we wanted to get the main event in first in case we had to depart early. There was a small queue outside, that led us to viewing these…
We queued for quite a while, and I guess it’s one of those things that really falls to luck as to what time you go over there. We waited around 40 minutes in total. During the wait time, there are activities and plenty to see to entertain the children. First up, was writing and then posting letters to Santa, which of course Boo took to with gusto!
Then we went through to an elves workshop…
And then there were elves positioned chatting to us, alongside a sparkly winter wonderland.
The Santa meet was lovely, with a very chatty Santa who told jokes, and asked what the children wanted for Christmas, and whether they’d been good. There had been a slip to fill in letting them know their names, ages and wants, but I didn’t see that being used. Whether it was a little too busy to do so, I’m not sure, but it didn’t make a difference and the chat was still nice and we didn’t feel at all rushed, despite knowing there was a big queue behind us!
At the end, Little Man and Boo were given a golden key each to the go into Santa’s own special toy shop and select their own gift from the shelves.
The Toy Shop was lovely, and full to the brim of presents! There was plenty of choice, and the variety and quality looked good. Little Man chose a digger and Boo chose a crafting set. The digger is still holding up here, and the crafting set has been crafted with!
After our visit to Santa, we took the time to look around at the animals, and both kids held a guinea pig….
Little Man delighted in squeezing his a little too lovingly, so I rescued that poor rodent pretty sharpish! I do like how hands-on you can be there, as they also have talks and opportunities to hold animals in the Scales and Tails area, too. There always seem to be staff around to chat to you and let you know more.
And then it was playtime….
The play areas are vast! The JCB Track is a popular one with my two, and there are then are seemingly endless swings, slides, climbing frames, tractors and so on, all dotted throughout. My children love it! And when we eventually managed to prise them away, we strolled around the falconry centre and then had a saunter around the Christmas markets.
Yet another lovely day out at Hatton for us. As I’ve said before, I really do think to make the most of a day out here, you’re best going on a dry day. Little Man and Boo love the outdoor areas as much as the animal barns, though there is also a brilliant indoor soft play centre that we didn’t go to this time, but I wrote about here. Plenty to see and do, and at the moment, there’s so much more going on with the festivities, including a Reindeer Quest (a trail around the farm that once completed, leads to chocolate!) and a Christmas Carnival Parade.
I’ve also noticed that they’re expecting a very busy time of it this weekend, particularly as the local The Magical Journey attraction has been closed down. But they are prepared so are extending their hours and laying on extra entertainment to help with any queuing. There are further details here. If you do go, hope you have fun!
Disclosure: We received entry FOC for the purposes of this review, though all words and opinions remain my own.