Hatton Country World Enchanted Christmas

Christmas arrived at Hatton Country World this weekend with the launch of Enchanted Christms. The farm yard setting was suddenly invaded with tinsel and sparkle as Santa set up his grotto and very special workshop/toyshop in the Warwickshire countryside. With the shopping village also feeling very seasonal with a Christmas market and twinkling lights, it is certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Hatton.

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Hatton enchanted Christmas is a glorious mixture of family shows, Christmas crafts and shopping, and a really lovely Grotto experience where those on the good list receive a special key to Santa’s toyshop. Children can then choose their own present from a good range of toys and games.

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In addition to the Santa experience, it makes the most of its outdoor setting with lots for children to do in the fresh air, with fairground style rides for the little ones, trampolines and outdoor play areas with trip wires, giant trackers and diggers and a football zone.

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There are also the animals of course. One of the big attractions of Hatton Country World is the hands on experience that children can enjoy with the animals. From the friendly goats and donkeys, to the guinea pig village where children can hold and feed the animals, Hatton is about getting children as close as possible to the animals, but with clear instructions in how to hold and feed.  Also, at this time of the year there are the added attractions of real reindeers, adding a real touch of Christmas magic to the proceedings.

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The Zoobee shows that included puppets and magic were great fun. Held inside the theatre, these are a great way to get a bit of respite from the cold whilst totally keeping your little ones entertained. A range of shows run throughout the day, and the humour is enough to keep both the adults and the children entertained. (Claude the French cat was a personal favourite.)

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The great thing about Hatton Country World is that although it very much has the great outdoors at its heart, it also has enough to do inside if the weather gets too cold or wet. The large restaurant also has an indoor play area where you can easily while away a hour or two, whilst the range of Christmas crafts and the letter writing area to Santa are also a lovely escape from the cold.

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Hatton’s Enchanted Christmas experience is now open every weekend and the whole of the week beginning 19th December – right up until Christmas Eve. For more information, ticket prices and online bookings, click here.

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Hatton Country World Enchanted Christmas

Yesterday we took a little trip to Warwickshire to take in the Enchanted Christmas experience at Hatton Country World. Hatton is a place I have never visited, so we were all very excited at checking out Christmas in the beautiful countryside. I have to say, we had the most wonderful time.

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Hatton is both a child friendly attraction, and a gorgeous shopping village that is full of interesting independent stores. Yesterday, there was also a Christmas market that was stocking everything from jewellery to vintage cake stands. Hatton is set in rolling countryside, and makes the most of this with different activities set out across lots of fields, from mini assault courses to a JCB yard full of mini ride on trucks and complete with petrol pumps. There are also lots of different parks, including a sand pit full of large diggers and trucks that Joe loved, and also plenty of animals scattered around the place, from farm animals, to Alpaca’s and birds of prey. There is so much to see and do.

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Of course, being Christmas time, the big attraction at Hatton at the moment is the Enchanted Christmas features, which have a beautiful grotto at their centre piece. The grotto is busy and there are queues, so I would recommend heading to the grotto early on in your visit when the queues are much shorter. The grotto itself is very pretty, filled with polar bears, a snow-covered bi-plane that fascinated all the children waiting to see Santa, and a variety of penguins, elves and Christmas trees. It is also snowing in the grotto which is another nice touch.

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The visit to Santa itself is rather brief, but Santa is friendly and jovial, and addresses all children by their name. What makes this experience different from others is that the children are given a key to Santa’s toy shop and are then allowed to choose their own presents from Santa’s toy shop. The toys are a decent standard – Joe chose a magic kit and was really pleased with it, and all the other children were having a great time perusing the toys, the choice is good and is suitable for all ages.

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There are lots of other nods to Christmas all around the park. There are Christmas stories in the very festive ‘Scales and tales area’, whilst the guinea pig world is now a mini winter wonderland (another of Joe’s favourites). The animal feeding area was popular, but I was so overwhelmed to see a baby lamb being born- a totally unreal experience that basically made my day. There were also different shows throughout the day in the theatre including magic and puppet shows, these made a nice respite from the gloriously bright, but oh so cold day.

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We finished our day with a look around the shopping village and market, where we were able to buy some beautiful pieces, from Gisela Graham Christmas decorations, to a vintage cake stand. We also enjoyed tried some local sausages and delicious fudge (and yes, some of the fudge then came home.). A trip for mulled wine at the tea room rounded off a pretty wonderful day for all.

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Can’t believe I didn’t get the disco ball!

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LLoyd Loom chair – love!

To find out more about the Enchanted Christmas at Hatton, click here.

*We were sent free tickets in return for a honest review.