“ A crossroads of animals and shopping, Hatton Country World offers attractions for animal lovers at Hatton Farm Village and quaint shops in the Hatton Shopping Village in Hatton, Warwickshire, England „
Hatton Farm Village / Country World is based in the beautiful Warwickshire county. We used a Satnav to travel there are found it very easily, and I'm sure it would be almost as easy to find using map directions.
As my husband is on holiday from work we have been taking our almost 2 year old son out on day trips and yesterday decided to visit Hatton Farm Village. There are plenty of parking spaces, even though it was very busy we didn't struggle to find a space.
Tickets cost £12.95 for adults, £13.95 for children and under 2's are free. I found a buy one get one free voucher on vouchercloud.com and our son is still under 2 so it only cost us £12.95 for admission.
Hatton Farm Villiage has so much to do, there was plenty for our son but even more for slightly older children. There are plenty of toilets, with baby changing facilities and restaurants and cafe's or picnic benches if you prefer to take your own food. There is a section of lovely little shops, that sell crafty things like candles and cards etc and the usual souvenir shop.
For children there are the farm animals to look at and feed and Guniea Pig Village, where they can hold a Guniea Pig. My son loved holding and stroking the Guinea Pigs, he had a massive smile on his face! A lot of the animals can't be fed directly and you have to put the feed that you buy into a tube and it slides down to the animals, at least it stops little fingers getting bitten! The animals we saw included sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys and baby chicks, not sure if we missed any out.
Upon arrival at the farm we were given a timetable of the events throughout the day, these included a children's show (which I can't comment on as we missed it), Daft Duck Trials, where ducks are herded around by a sheep dog, and as it was Easter there were Easter egg hunts and other Easter activities. There was also a bird of prey display, you could also walk around this area at any time of the day to look at the birds. My son enjoyed watching the owl fly around but we didn't stay for the entire bird display as he didn't want to sit still for too long!
There were also a handful of little fair ground rides, two of which parents are allowed on with younger children and one other that is for over 4's. There were also bouncy castles (one for under 5's and one for over 5's) and trampolines, frisbee golf, giant snakes and ladders and checkers, a big inflatable slide and a plastic twisty slide. My husband took our son on the twisty slide, you have to sit in a sack to come down and my husband said they just got stuck and he had to keep pushing with his hands.
There is an indoor soft play area, which was great as it had separate sections for different age groups, including under 2's, 2 - 4's and a bit for the older kids. The cafe was also in the same building and it was very busy but we managed to find somewhere to sit.
We ate in the cafe, which as in all places like this, seemed to be quite expensive. Next time we go we will definitely be taking a picnic. There is also a refreshment stall near the fair ground rides for drinks and snacks and a restraurant near the shops.
We had a great day out, the activities are almost all included in the price of your ticket so the only extra we spent was in the cafe and souvenir shop.
We are definitely planning on going again in the future and I would recommend Hatton Farm Village to anyone with young children.
Hatton Country World has a huge place in my heart. From School visits to summer holiday trips with the Holiday club to taking my son for the very first time.
This farm has it all, Set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. There is hours of entertainment there for everyone. The huge selection of animals is wonderful. The whole place is very hands on. From the guinea pig world to feeding lambs, riding the horses to feeding the goats.
It is suitable for children of all ages. They have large play areas and lots of activites to keep the children and adults entertained.
They hold lots of events at different times of the year, Easter and Halloween being the best fun.
There are several cafes to eat at and plenty of picnic areas for those who prefer to bring their own.
Aside from the farm, Hatton offers a lovely range of shops. Most of which are unique craft shops and beautiful boutiques. I personally could spend hours and a fortune in the shopping village. My favourite being the old style sweet shop, which is like an aladdins cave for all those with a sweet tooth. Also the Farm shop is perfect for fresh meat, eggs Bread and all types of homemade goodies. Yum!!
The bonus is that you only pay an entrance fee for the farm so you are free to roam the shops at your leisure without paying to get in.
All though the farm is rather pricey, they do offer an anual pass which is great value for money.
Also great parking available and easily accessible for pushchairs and wheelchair users.
Many years ago now, l discovered Hatton country world. This is a review about this country world which is set in the heart of Warwickshire. Hatton Country world offers something for everyone. There is a Farm Village and a shopping village, which offers attractions for many different people.
Hatton Country world is located in the village of Hatton in warwick, close to Solihull which is just outside of Birmingham. It is within easy reach of the M40. As you approach Hatton Its easily located with many brown tourist signs directing you to Hatton Country world.
Hatton Country world is situated near Hatton locks, and is surrounded by local farm land. The setting is beautiful and if you feel adventurous a walk along the canal is a must, or a visit to the waterman pub which is located nearby.
The farm Village is ideal for children. Possibly directed at younger children, there may not be enough to occupy or challenge the older child's mind, but for younger children there is lots to entertain. Possibly the best age range for children to visit would be 3-8 years.
There are a variety of events taking place throughout the day, (weekends and holidays) at Hatton country world with entertainers and special guests. There are lots and lots of attractions in the farm village such as the Guinea pig Village (a personal favourite). When l visited with my two young nephews they enjoyed being able to touch and hold the guinea pigs, and being able to see the guinea pigs moving about in their miniature village. It's a lovely place, where the guinea pigs are well cared for. A friend of mine visits the Village farm just to see the adorable guinea pigs.
There is also an adventure play ground which is fun for the children too, full of slides and things to climb, a sure way to keep the children entertained. What is nice about the farm village is it is spacious and there are lots of places to sit, and perhaps have a picnic if you wish.
There is an opportunity to milk the pretend cow, challenge the giant maze, Find the pieces of gold in the gold rush, If you find 10 pieces of gold in the water you get rewarded for your efforts. Children love it! So theres lots of things to do. Be aware that as it is a farm village, most of the farm attractions are out doors, so its not great if the weather is bad, although even in the winter months you see children with their wellies on stuck in the mud. There's also a chance to see some of the farm yard animals, which is another winner with young children. Sometimes you can see the birds of prey or have pony rides too, some of the activities are of course weather permitting .
On the down side l do feel that it is rather expensive to visit the country farm village, £5.75 on a week day and £6.45 on a weekend, which might not sound a lot but it's the same price for adults, and children under 14 cannot be admitted alone so if you have a fairly big family it could be expensive, although a family of 4 will receive a 10% discount, which helps. Under 2's can visit for free which isn't so bad. If you are intending on becoming a frequent visitor then you can purchase an annual pass which will probably work out cheaper, these cost aprox. £43 each.The farm Village is open daily from 10am until 4pm in winter and until 5pm in the summer.
Okay now shopping, the magic word is shopping, the added bonus of course is that the shopping village is free. There is a lovely selection of shops at Hatton Shopping village. There is a traditional sweet shop which is a must see. All the shops are set in little quaint little stores, where you have to bend to walk inside (and lm only 5.3). But inside you are greeted with items you would be hard pressed to find else where.
Stores to look out for are 'candles and more' , when you enter this shop you are greeted by the lovely smell of candles. They make their candles onsite and sell a selection of other gift items. It's a lovely shop to wonder around. There is an antique store, jewelers, childrens clothing store, just to mention a few.
After the children have worn themselves out, and you have spent far too much money in the lovely little shops, why not visit the farm house restaurant, which sells cold snacks or hot dinners. Inside this restaurant is a soft play area for children, which costs £2.25 for 30 minutes, again this is something for younger children.
Over all opinions
If you have children, a visit to Hatton country world can turn out to be quite costly, although no more costly than anywhere else l suppose. There are lots of things to see and do, but as mentioned earlier the farm is more for younger children and the shopping village for adults, which leaves older children rather bored. I do enjoy a visit to Hatton, parking is easy (they have extended parking) and free. Please note the shops can get quite busy in the holidays though.
I would recommend a visit, if you are in the area. It's an ideal place to visit for families, or even just adults. It's great to take a picnic, or even eat at the restaurant. It's always a pleasant place to visit, and l often end up buying pretty gifts for friends and family
I love this place. Hatton Country World has something for all ages. Parking can get a bit mad at peak season and on a nice day, school holidays but they open up the fields so there is always somewhere to park.
On entering you will find a number of small shops. Crafting shops, jewellery, old fashioned sweets, toys, clothes and farm foods plus other gift shops as well. This in itself is great to have a little look around though I would say that some of the prices can be a bit steep! The shops are more for teh adults though there is a toy shop and a book shop as well that the children will appreciate. This bit of Hatton is free.
If you want to go into the farm, the main reason for going if you have little ones, then you do have to pay. It is quite expensive if you are just visiting once but it is worth it. If you intend to come back a few times then it is well worth getting a season ticket - bargain! My son however is free as he is under two, I bought a season ticket lasting a year and this cost me £39. I can go to the farm whenever I like for nothing oher than the cost of petrol. I think in the summer months it is about £10 per person to get into the farm and over the winter months it is about £7, they also do a family ticket that would save you a few pounds.
In the farm there are lots of things going on, holding the animals, daft duck trials, sheep racing, bird-o-batics, as well as more seasonal activities too such as a maize maze and halloween activities At Christmas there is always a visit Santa. Theere are alot of animals to see and feed if you wouldlike to buy some animal food, for example, goats, cows, reindeer, sheep, pigs, guinea pigs. If you go at teh right time of year you will see lots of baby animals too. There is play equipment as well as a sand pit, trampolines and slides. There are plenty of places to sit for a picnic outside in teh farm area and also a restaurant and burger bar place for buying food there. As with a lot of the places you visit like this the food is expensive so if it is a nice day it is worth taking a picnic. You can enter and exit the farm throughout the day as you have a wrist band on and the cars are parked relatively close so it is possible to not have to carry a picnic around with you all of the time.
There is, of course a souvenir shop. This is quite small and so not easy to get a buggy through if you have one with you. The shop fits a maximum of 5 people in without gettng in each others way too much. This is unfortunate as I think it does encourage you to either skip it totally or rush through as you feel you are in the way of others. The majority of the gifts in the shop are animal related. This is a great family day out!
I love Hatton Country World and I am have definately made the most of my season ticket. I will definately get another one next year. So if you are in the Worcestershire area and you want to go to a farm, check this place out, it's fun and it's educational.