Disclosure: We were provided with free entry to Hatton Adventure World for the purpose of this post.
We headed over to Hatton Adventure World last Friday to check out their Pumpkin Week event which they were running during the October half term holiday. We were really lucky with the weather, as it was blazing sunshine and fairly mild temperatures all day – so nice in fact that we were out of doors for almost all of the time we were there, which is impressive for a late October day out.
Hatton has loads to do on a regular day, let alone during one of their special events, so the girls were positively spoilt for choice when we arrived. They saw the rides were running so headed down the hill to enjoy a few of the rides, bounce down the giant inflatable slide, and generally run around enjoying some of the outdoor equipment. One of the bouncy castles was missing, which was a shame – I suspect it got damaged in the recent storms.
Once they had been on most of the play equipment in the area at least once we headed over to the Terrifying Terror Maze which had several spooky characters hidden around the huge maze – it took us a while to explore the whole thing and find all of them but we got there in the end!
When we arrived and got our wristbands on entry they had given us a few extras; the quiz sheet for the maze, a pumpkin hunt sheet, a flyer with the day’s special activities, and two pumpkin vouchers for the girls. The maze sheet and pumpkin hunt sheets could both be filled in and then handed in at the end of the day for the chance to win a prize – and in the case of the pumpkin hunt the girls got a special medal each.
For the pumpkin hunt we had to find several large pumpkin signs, each one ‘carved’ into a different animal. The girls loved spotting these and telling us what each animal they were.
As well as all the outdoor activities there were things going on indoors too – the girls enjoyed getting hands on with some scaly creatures in Scales ‘n’ Tails, feeding some of the goats inside the barn, and cuddling up with some guinea pigs.
We enjoyed checking out the brand new falconry centre which is really nice and smart, with a large new demonstration area. The Arden Falconry falconers are really great; their displays are always very well done and the children often get a chance to hold one of their gorgeous birds of prey. We didn’t manage to catch a display this time around but enjoyed visiting the birds.
The girls enjoyed the Bewitching Trailer Ride around the fields and had great fun spotting the different Halloween decorations and hay bale art as we drove along. We went during the under 8s time slot, but they had a scarier ride on offer for 8+s involving actors dressed up and running at the trailer, which probably would have freaked our little girls out! They had a similar 8+ slot for the maze too, so I’m guessing during that time slot you were in danger of being jumped out at amongst the tall maize.
There were two halloween shows going on throughout the day which looked popular but we didn’t manage to get to – the girls were having so much fun outside, they didn’t want to head inside the theatre or marquee to sit and watch a show! We’ve been to some of their shows in the past, however, and always enjoyed ourselves.
We did visit the new Haunted House and halloween themed light show and the girls really enjoyed both. The Haunted House was just on the right side of scary for the little ones – with only one moment making them jump a bit, and the rest just entertaining them. I loved the light show! There were flashing light decorations, including a family of skeletons whose skulls lit up, and a group of flashing pumpkins, all in time to some of the best funky Halloween music like the Timewarp and Monster Mash.
Of course, we also made our way over to the Pumpkin Patch so that the girls could choose a pumpkin each to take home. There was a pumpkin carving station set up in the events marquee, with a competition at the end of the day, but the girls opted to take theirs home uncarved so they could enjoy the glorious weather instead.
We finished off our day with a visit to the soft play which has some great slides – and then popped to the fab sweet shop on our way back to the car for some of their delicious fudge. As always our day at Hatton was jam packed with activities and we didn’t manage to do everything despite being there for around 6 hours. The lunch at Snorty’s cafe was delicious and we headed home completely tired out!
Watch our video of our day: